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Hygienic sensors for the food processing industry

19 July 2018

Baumer has developed sensors that can detect different media, thereby avoiding spillage and contributing to the goal of sustainability within food processing.

Like a delicate balancing act, the food processing industry walks a thin line between food safety and equipment efficiency. With a strong focus on the improvement of effectiveness and efficiency, sensors are playing an increasingly important role.

Food safety is dependent on hygienic design and both the duration and intensity of the cleaning cycle. Radical hygienic design and installation of components and systems can reduce the time required for cleaning, thereby reducing energy costs, too. Sustainability, the reduction of product waste and conservation are challenges that every processor has to face these days. Baumer has developed sensors that can detect different media, thereby avoiding spillage and contributing to the goal of sustainability.

As a long-time partner with the dairy industry, Baumer offers a wide range of products to meet the international requirements of applications and industrial needs. Opposing requirements range from sophisticated sensor technologies for demanding hygienic areas, wet areas, dry areas and packaging machine operations, all with differing application scenarios to address. 

Baumer has more than 25 years’ experience in designing sensors for the food industry. Hygienic requirements are becoming more stringent and Baumer understand the challenges that both manufacturers and machine builders in the dairy industry face. 

The Baumer Hygienic Connection (BHC) shows how clever design can help reduce bacteria contamination in process streams and actively contribute towards food safety. A good example of this is Baumer dairy industry specific sensors which have been designed and developed in collaboration with major manufacturers in the dairy industry. 

These innovative, flush mounted sensors have no collection pockets so they can be easily cleaned to minimise bacteria growth and contribute to optimised CIP performance. They are also designed to operate with faster cleaning cycles using less water and chemicals resulting in important savings for users. Baumer recognise the importance of operators being able to optimise their process and by improving sensor accuracy and response times helps them to achieve tighter production control. Standard IO-Link connectivity allows fast and easy sensor parameterisation in addition to digital data generation for IoT. 

In summary, from primary processing to end of line packaging Baumer provides sensor solutions for every process and every application. All Baumer sensors are manufactured from stainless steel and meet today’s food safety standards. Furthermore, thanks to its close collaboration with customers in the food industry and ongoing investment in research and development ensures the products contribute to overall equipment effectiveness without compromising food safety

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