To read part I of this series, click here.
Reliable, efficient machinery combined with technology play a key role in the food processing industry. Regardless of the industry segment, equipment must be designed to withstand the rigors and safety constraints of the food processing industry.
Bearings are critical components in food processing machinery, and decisions made by designers and engineers – such as lubrication, material and shielding options – are integral in the life and performance of bearings in these applications.
The U.S. food processing sector is extensively regulated by state and federal agencies. Federal agencies dominate the regulatory oversight: USDA FSIS for the meat and poultry processing businesses and FDA for all other food processing businesses. State agencies also have an active role in overseeing food processing businesses within their respective states.
All materials used in the food processing process, including the lubricants, must comply with federal requirements. And, depending on the application and products, materials and components such as bearings used in machinery may even require USDA/FDA approval.
There are a wide range of bearing options to take into account for optimal application performance. Food processing engineers and designers are advised to consult a bearing applications specialist for assistance to best navigate these regulations. If you have a question regarding regulations in the food industry (or any area!) click here to pose it to our experts.
Over the next several posts here on AST’s blog, we will be taking an in-depth look at the many factors that food manufacturers need to consider in regards to bearing-related considerations. Topics will include lubrication, materials and seals. Look for our next update to the series on November 25th.