22 Aug High food standard roller conveyor gets big tick
One of New Zealand’s leading fresh produce companies has rolled out a new facility that is equipped with a roller conveyor built to the highest food hygiene standards.
EQM was given a pretty simple brief, but at the same time a difficult task. We were to design and build a roller conveyor that meets New Zealand’s “food grade” safety standards.
To do so EQM was required to source 316 stainless steel for the conveyors’ rollers and frame to meet the New Zealand hygiene standards in food production.
Grade 316 stainless is an austenitic stainless steel alloy with a high chromium and nickel content. Like many steel alloys, it has a continuous use temperature several times higher than most food making processes will ever require (more than 800°C or 1472°F).
What makes the grade 316 alloy an ideal food grade steel sheet material is the fact that it has a high resistance to acids, alkalis, and chlorides (such as salt).
Having sourced the rollers, EQM then worked with its conveyor frame manufacturer to ensure the frame, welding and all the componentry also met the high standards required.
“It proved that we could take the brief and meet the expected high standards and get the big tick for our client.”