In many industries, but especially food and beverage manufacturing, cleanliness demands are extremely high. As a result, all equipment used in the food manufacturing process is subjected to not only high levels of water but in many cases some severe chemicals as well, as part of the wash down process.
In keeping things clean, many factories overlook the damage that can be done to power transmission equipment that is not suitably protected.
Power transmission manufacturers understand the requirements of the food and beverage sector, and have developed products to match. Baldor’s range of Dirty Duty, Washdown Duty and Stainless Steel electric motors are all designed to suit the rigours of wash down, and are available in the standard IEC frame sizes which make them interchangeable with standard motors. WEG’s W22 series of electric motors comes standard in IP66 and can also be used in many wash down situations.
Bonfiglioli have a range of wormboxes which have been given added corrosion protection for wash down. Known as the EP series and available in both VF and W sizing, the EP range (Enhanced Protection) increases gearbox life by using both a coating over the housing as well as a stainless steel output shaft. There is little point in running stainless steel chain and sprockets if the thing that is driving them doesn’t last.