The food processing industry performs a delicate balancing act, striving to meet the needs of both food safety and equipment efficiency. With a strong focus on the improvement of effectiveness and efficiency, sensors are playing an increasingly important role - but it is important that they do not compromise food safety.
Food safety relies on hygienic design and both the duration and intensity of the cleaning cycle. Radical hygienic design and installation of components and systems can reduce the time required for cleaning, thereby reducing energy costs as well. Sustainability, the reduction of product waste and conservation are challenges that every processor has to face these days. Baumer has developed sensors that can detect different media, thereby avoiding spillage and contributing to the goal of sustainability.
As a long-time partner with the dairy industry, Baumer offers a wide range of products to meet the international requirements of applications and industrial needs. Opposing requirements range from sophisticated sensor technologies for demanding hygienic areas, wet areas, dry areas and packaging machine operations, all with differing application scenarios to address.
Baumer has more than 25 years' experience in designing sensors for the food industry and prides itself on being among industry leaders when it comes to innovative sensors that bring true value to customers. Hygienic requirements are becoming more stringent and Baumer understands the challenges faced by manufacturers and machine builders in the dairy industry.
The Baumer Hygienic Connection (BHC) shows how clever design can help reduce bacterial contamination in process streams and actively contribute towards food safety. A good example of this is Baumer dairy industry specific sensors that have been designed and developed in collaboration with major manufacturers in the dairy industry.
These innovative, flush-mounted sensors have no collection pockets so they can be easily cleaned to minimise bacterial growth and contribute to optimised CIP performance. They are also designed to operate with faster cleaning cycles using less water and chemicals, resulting in important savings for users. Baumer recognises the importance of operators being able to optimise their process; improving sensor accuracy and response times helps them to achieve tighter production control. Standard IO-Link connectivity enables fast and easy sensor parameterisation in addition to digital data generation for IoT.
In summary, from primary processing to end-of-line packaging, Baumer provides sensors for virtually every process and application. All Baumer sensors are manufactured from stainless steel and meet today's food safety standards. Furthermore, Baumer's close collaboration with customers in the food industry and ongoing investment in research and development ensures the company's products contribute to overall equipment effectiveness without compromising food safety.
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