The food industry is highly influenced by strict legal regulations. At the end of day, we all need guarantees on the food we consume. Therefore, these norms are a major issue for us when developing specific solutions for this industry. Not only in terms of materials that guarantee non-toxic final consumer products, but also in terms of the hygienic design, corrosion resistant of the materials to be used in the cleaning areas.
Besides the compliance to related food regulations, we also have solutions ready to fulfil the challenging requirements of continuous 24/7 operation. the gold standard for measuring manufacturing productivity. Long-life components to keep up with non-stop production processes.
Identify the percentage of manufacturing time that is truly productive, with the OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness).
Our team of experts, distributed amongst 83 countries, boast the specific expertise to support all the above daily challenges with either standard or customised solutions that are supported by our five technical centres, two of them located in Europe.
The food industry comprises numerous subindustries and each of them involve their own specificities. Further down, you can discover the different solutions we provide for industries such as snacks, beer, cheese or beverage. If you have an application in another subindustry, contact our local expert to discuss specific solutions.
Food industry experts work hand-on-hand with our energy-efficient teams as non-stop production benefits greatly from the introduction of the cornerstones of energy efficiency in their plants.
SMC has Global Partnerships and memberships in industry associations. For example: Rockwell Encompass Partnership, EHEDG (European Hygienic Engineering and Design Group), PMMI (Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute) and we are also Member of Ucima (Unione costrutore machine utensile Italy).
Cleaning and disinfection are key parts in the production of high-quality products. Hygienic production involves various parts in the production process such as pipes, tanks or machines.
At the end of each production cycle, all elements involved must be residues and microbial flora removed, to ensure the next cycle starts perfectly disinfected.
Wet areas require elements which ensure durability and a clean design to wash them down easily. Furthermore, hygienic requirements, and food safety itself, demand them to offer high corrosion resistance to environmental agents such as moisture, dirt, chemicals from the actual food.
Below, please find a selection of our highlighted solutions for wet areas including clean-design cylinders, IP69K-rated, easy-to-clean valve terminals, and our range of non-corrosive components.
The flexible and rapid adaptation of your equipment to different bottle sizes and shapes, as well as ensuring the high quality of the bottles produced, are important issues for PET blow moulding applications where we support you with our product range.
In order to minimise, or avoid, maintenance and repair costs, as well as production losses due to downtimes, a high level of system availability is essential. Therefore, we can offer components and solutions that you can rely on at any time, even at high clock frequencies and in continuous operation.
Steel sealing valves with 200 million switching cycles or cylinders with special wipers reduce your maintenance work and increase the plant availability. Ionizers to avoid electrostatic charges ensure a continuous production process.
One of the cornerstones within energy efficiency is, indeed, the “Use efficiently designed components.”
Our R&D engineers have developed a range of solutions that offer the same performance, but involves a smart design that translates both into efficiency and lower bills.
We are aware of the heterogeneity between the different processes within your industry. Please see our specific answers for them below.