20 May All sweet with stainless
It is all sweet at a leading confectionery company, as it reaps the benefits of switching some of its gearboxes and motors to stainless steel.
The company makes its own confectionery as well as supplying ingredients such as kiwi favourite hokey pokey to other food manufacturers.
The company’s technical manager is convinced that stainless is the way to go, especially in critical parts of the manufacturing process.
“If the equipment has to work hard everyday and is then washed down, then stainless is the go.
“When you have 30 plus motors in a production run, it only takes one in the critical area to breakdown to then bring everything to a halt,” he says.
He adds that although stainless steel equipment might cost three times as much the payback is worth it.
Not only does stainless look smart but “auditors love it” as it’s very easy to see that the equipment is clean.
“There’s many advantages especially with maintenance and reliability of production.
“There’s also no crevasses, the equipment is very smooth, there is no fan or ribbing on the motor, and the seals don’t get clogged up. It is so easy to clean,” he says.