STAINLESS STEEL, A MUST FOR FLOUR BAGGING
Packaging lines for flours, cake mixes and other edible powders are quite different from other products, and come with their own set of restrictions and concerns. Flour bagging can obviously become a rather messy process if it’s not planned out correctly. Since these products are mostly for human consumption, mistakes have a much more dangerous impact, meaning that the restrictions and guidelines on these packaging lines tend to be much more stringent.
When It Comes To Flour Bagging, Stainless Steel Is Best
Perhaps the most crucial but overlooked aspect of selecting a flour bagger is what it’s made out of, but this type of thinking could end up being extremely costly. Let’s be clear, if you intend on running a high volume flour bagging operation, only one metal is acceptable for your open mouth bagger’s chute, and it’s stainless steel. This is true for a variety of reasons:
There’s a reason why the pans you cook in and restaurant prep areas are all lined with stainless steel. It’s a non-porous material that is extremely resistant to wear and tear. A lot of flour baggers on the market have chutes made out of alloy steel or painted steel, two materials that will degrade over time and leach out potentially dangerous compounds into your products.
Stainless steel works the opposite way. Powders flowing over it actually polish it over time and make the product flow easier as you use your machine.
Food packaging lines have by far the most demanding cleaning routines. The process of bagging food exposes it to air and hundreds of moving parts of a machine, each of which can potentially be affected by a contaminant. There’s no chance to be taken when your product could end up affecting someone’s health negatively. Certain types of metal restrict you in terms of the cleaning products you can use. Stainless steel can withstand the harshest and most comprehensive cleaning routines without deteriorating.
This might sound like an obvious one since the main reason for stainless steel’s existence is that it doesn’t rust, but it’s a real concern in manufacturing environments. Factory floors are often very humid environments and coupled with porous metal surfaces, rust can occur very quickly. Rust particles in food are extremely dangerous and can contaminate your entire production line.
Stainless Steel, The Ultimate Investment
The risks and downsides just outlined are simply too great to ignore. If you have a food manufacturing business, you know that the safety and integrity of your product is always the first priority. A stainless steel feeder on your flour bagging machine is simply the best investment you can make to reflect that priority.
Of course, Premier Tech flour bagging machines are fully made out of stainless, but that’s just one of the numerous advantages we bring to the table. Not only are our machines the most hygienic and durable, their Fanuc robots and bottom-up filling technology make them the most accurate in the field. Most of our clients say our machines paid themselves back in lost product recovery alone. Did someone say no brainer?