Reliable, efficient machinery combined with technology play a key role in the food processing industry. Regardless of the industry segment, the equipment must be designed to withstand the rigors and safety constraints of the food processing industry. Bearings are critical components in food processing machinery.
According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, food manufacturing, beverage production and tobacco products, when combined, form the largest single industry within the U.S. manufacturing sector. Food manufacturing by itself accounts for over 80% of the shipments within these industries.
Food manufacturers are distinguished by the raw materials (usually livestock and agricultural products) that they transform into products for consumption. This transformation is known as food processing. These processes, both chemical and physical, convert the raw ingredients into food. Examples of chemical processes include cooking (boiling, baking, etc.), liquefaction, freezing or drying, and preservation (pickling, pasteurization). Examples of mechanical process include mixing, grinding, chopping, dicing, and slicing. Canning, bottling, and packaging are secondary processes.
Industry segments include:
· Beef, Poultry, pork, and fish processing
· Beverage production and bottling
· Fruit and vegetable processing
· Canning and packaging
AST offers a range of products that are optimized for use throughout the manufacturing, processing and handling of food and beverage products in addition to making end-products for commercial and consumer use. For our full catalogue, click here.
AST’s tribologists are currently hard at work on a comprehensive look at bearing use in the food and beverage industries, stay tuned to Bearings Blog for more in-depth information for this industry. In the meantime, take a look at our food & beverage section of the website, or our industry brochure.