Cleanliness is important for any manufacturing, filling or packaging facility but when it comes to food and beverages it is an absolute must.

Product contaminations can cost food and beverage companies millions in lost profits, decontamination, manufacturing delays and more while damage to brand reputation can have a large impact on future earnings.

To avoid the associated costs your facility needs to be kept in pristine condition 24/7 so your quality control equipment doesn’t have to work overtime. In this two-part post, we look at six tips to promote clean manufacturing in your facility.

Review storage of production materials

Depending on how strict you would like to be with cleanliness in your facility, you can store your production materials in a central material handling facility and convey them to the assembly rooms as needed, via a closed-loop system. This approach eliminates dirty boxes and containers from the production floor.

Consider new processes

When adding any new process, lubricants, or procedure to your production and manufacturing process always consider how they will affect the cleanliness of the finished product. The last thing you want is to introduce a contaminant into your products by cutting corners during the research phase when adding new elements to the process.

Look at your lubricants

Take a closer look at the lubricants you are using. Spray lubricants for example produce airborne particulates so they may need to be eliminated. You should also avoid over-lubrication, since using extra oil on equipment will only increase the likelihood of contaminating supposedly clean products.

When it comes to beverage bottling Heuft is the world leader in quality inspection. Heuft offer quality inspection equipment that caters to a range of requirements. Through our partnership with Heuft, Plastic & Chemical Trading can provide South Africa with world class solutions.