Food & Drink Process & Packaging Issue 14 2017 - Page 81

Rubber Fab collaboration with both the OEM Engineering Team and the End-User Quality Management Team it was de- termined that the best solution was to design a customized silicone manway gasket using Detectomer® tech- nology. Detectomer® materials are INDUSTRY ducts. The plant was finding that after not only metal detectable and x-ray Food Processing – Meat Massaging multiple cycles, the manway seals inspectable, but they also meet all ne- on the massage units were breaking cessary industry standards to ensure CUSTOMER down due to the physical stresses full compliance. A full metal detection A global company providing equ ip- and strains placed on them during system was already in place as part ment and service to the largest Food the process (friction, abrasion, and of the End-User’s HACCP programme, Processors in the world. impact from meat chunks) and also but x-ray Inspection equipment was repeated cycles (opening and closing also installed along the processing line BACKGROUND of manways). Pieces of manway seals to ensure that any fragments could be The food processing plant had 11 were clearly missing during mainte- detected before product going out to types of Meat Massager Machines, nance checks, but the clear silicone the consumer. which had been designed using clear could not be seen during any visual silicone manway gaskets. For spare inspection and process quality checks. The outcome is that the seal reliability parts and service they were partne- The conclusion was that particles has been extended, and the end-user ring with the OEM who, as a major of the gasket were falling into the response has been so positive that supplier of food processing equipment process, thus creating contamina- they have implemented the Detecto- to the world’s largest meat proces- tion events and a high risk of product mer® gasket technology across their sors, considered performance and recalls. facility to enjoy the benefits of more reliability to be fundamental to their effective and safer process sealing. value proposition. Therefore, any mo- OPERATING CONDITIONS The OEM is extremely satisfied that dification required careful and open 1. Max Temperature During Process = Rubber Fab was willing and able to 3-way collaboration between Rubber 80°F / 27°C modify a standard gasket profile to Fab, the OEM and the End-User. 2. Max Temperature During COP = create a much needed sealing solution 160°F / 71°C which keeps the End-Use customer CHALLENGES FACED 3. Pressure: Partial Vacuum = 0.07 PSI efficient, safe and compliant. Meat massaging is an important but / 5 mbar challenging process step for optimum For more information, please visit: curing, water binding and ingredient SOLUTION AND BENEFITS distribution in meat and poultry pro- Through in-depth discussion and www.rubberfab.com FDPP - www.fdpp.co.uk 81