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Zones in the food processing industry

Product contact zone

Hygienic design  

Hygienically designed cordsets

The components and devices used here must meet the highest hygienic requirements. Since contact with foodstuff is probable in this area, components should be free of dirt pockets and surfaces where bacteria can grow.

Our hygienically designed cordsets utilize a stainless steel coupling nut, a smooth molded body and a bright gray color that aids in the detection of foodstuff. Since the design minimizes dirt pockets, it makes these cordsets ideal for the product contact zone.

Splash zone

Washdown design  

Washdown designed cordsets

The components and devices used here must meet general washdown requirements. Since contact with foodstuff is possible in this area, but not likely, components are designed to withstand regular washdowns using common cleaning agents.

Our cost-effective washdown cordsets utilize a plastic coupling nut, a smooth molded body and a bright gray color that aids in the detection of foodstuff. The design makes these cordsets ideal for the splash zone.

Product-free zone

Standard SAC range  

Standard sensor/actuator cordsets

No special hygienic requirements are placed on the components used in this zone. An example of the product-free zone is the distribution or logistics center after final packaging of the food product. Our standard sensor/actuator cordset range is suitable for use in this zone.

Food and its packaging may not become contaminated through contact with system and machine parts.

In production, there are three zones: the product contact zone, the splash zone, and the product-free zone. Each zone imposes specific requirements on the sensors and actuators and on the respective cables and connectors.
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