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Food Processing Plants

The food processing industry is incorporating more and more sophisticated food processing equipment and machinery to maintain the growth fuelled by changing consumer tastes and lifestyles. Every food processing company is endeavoring to ensure that the food product reaches the consumer with the right flavour, perfect shape as well as has a long shelf life.

Moisture or rather uncontrolled humidity during processing, packaging, storage, often, plays a party spoiler. Moisture control is essential in every segment of the food industry in the spheres of

  • Storage
  • Production
  • Packing
  • Processing
  • Low temperature drying.

Microorganism growth-the chief problem of food processing plants

Food safety is, probably, one of the most important issues that food processing companies face day-in and day-out. Concern for public health in the case of potentially devastating consequences of contaminated food have driven industry associations, safety experts and watchdog organizations to establish guidelines not only for food handling, but for plant and process line design. Following these recommendations can reduce the possibility of a catastrophe. Microorganism growth is one of the main causes of potential Food contamination. Moisture results in increased microorganism growth. Microbial growth and dispersal can be controlled if the surroundings and the food processing machinery and equipment inside the food processing plant and food processing facility are kept dry. But keeping a plant dry is not easy as water is an essential part of product and process of food processing.

Challenges of moisture in food processing plants

Water vapors released during cooking processes and temperature differentials contribute to moisture buildup inside a plant. Preventing fog and condensation build-up by controlling the room temperature and humidity retards microbial growth. Controlling condensation by ensuring management of moisture levels is now an accepted engineered solution as Air-conditioning usually is not sufficient to eliminate condensation. Compared to the typical refrigeration system, desiccants are effective in removing moisture from the air without condensing or at extremely low temperatures.

The ideal choice for ensuring safety and hygiene in food processing plants is desiccant dehumidification. Bry-Air’s desiccant dehumidifiers precisely control the humidity and dew points in the plant so that condensation cannot occur.

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