The food and beverage sector has specific requirements when it comes to power transmission equipment. Primarily, ensuring that equipment is able to withstand wash down is considered the most important. Manufacturers go about achieving increased wash down protection in a numbers of ways:
- Full stainless steel gearboxes
- Increased protection through coating
Full Stainless Steel Gearboxes
One of the better ways to protect equipment in a wash down environment is to make it out of stainless steel. For gearboxes, All Torque’s Maxi Hygienic range of wormboxes, inline helicals and helical bevels are all made out of 316SS, with stainless hardware such as baseplates and torque arms.
Increased Protection For Wormboxes
Bonfiglioli’s EP (Enhanced Protection) range increases protection in food industry applications by utilising a stainless steel hollow shaft, mounting hardware, oil seals, and an unvented, sealed gear case. In addition, the case itself is coated in a wash down safe epoxy paint that is designed for the food, chemical and pharmaceutical industries.
Food Industry Electric Motors
Electric motors are also a part of the total wash down environment equation. Maxi Hygienic, Baldor-ABB, and Bonfiglioli have standard options that all offer increased protection.