World Food Day is celebrated annually on 16 October. The aim of this special day is to raise awareness of food security, and to strengthen the worldwide issue of food hunger.
2018’s World Food Day marks the 73rd anniversary since it was founded by The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
Why is FTL Technology celebrating this day?
Engineers at FTL Technology play a central role in keeping food processing and packing equipment effective, efficient and safe, through the effective use of sealing technology. Our expertise across the food industry means that we can deliver sealing products and services which meet all of the recommended certifications and requirements for your application.
When it comes to food processing, there are several types of equipment and machinery used, including but not restricted to:
- Reaction vessels etc.
What are the sealing challenges in such operating environments?
Food grade elastomer seals must be able to withstand a series of critical challenges, including:
- Low and high temperature capability
- Chemical resistance
- Low permeability for vacuum
- Conforming to industry standards
- Abrasion resistance
- Ability to cope with aggressive cleaning regimes
In short, making the wrong choice in sealing solution is very likely to result in food contamination, batch losses and commercial losses through avoidable equipment downtime. For more info on the importance of FDA-compliant sealing materials, read this guide.
MECO seals offer excellent sealing solutions for food and beverage applications. They outperform all other seal systems when it comes to abrasive media, and the split rotating shaft seals are specifically engineered for process industries which makes them perfect for food processing as a clean and cost-effective solution.
MECO seals can also help to:
- Eliminate process contamination
- Limit damage to sensitive process materials (e.g. cocoa and sweetened condensed milk), as MECO seals are cool running
- Drastically reduce process times due to the seal's effective vacuum performance
Many sealing technologies and materials find it difficult to handle the daily operational challenges within the food processing industry. A minor change in temperature, operation times or ingredient ratios can result in disastrous consequences for the batch, so an effective non-contaminating sealing solution is essential to ensure both food quality and compliance with industry standards.
If you’d like to read more on this, here’s a recent article we wrote on how MECO Seals help the food and beverage industry.
Other ways we support the food sector include:
On behalf of everyone at FTL Technology, we would like to use today to help raise awareness of food security and we will continue to support the food industry through our reliable engineered sealing solutions.
If you work in the food and beverage production industry, contact us to discuss your sealing requirements.