The problem of cleaning conveyor belts
Conveyor belts may interfere with the contamination of the products they carry when they are not cleaned. When cleaning carpet conveyors is not or poorly carried out, this will help to maintain a high level of contamination but also by the fouling during activity (transfers of different products on the strips).
Although open surfaces, that is to say surfaces that are easily cleaned, the cleaning of conveyor belts is not easy, especially if one wishes to do so during production in order to maintain a level of contamination of these surfaces As low as possible throughout the workday. The cleaning of conveyor belts is not easy because they are part of the equipment which are difficult to disassemble and must therefore be "cleaned up". The NEP systems (cleaning in Place) are therefore very frequently used for cleaning conveyor belts in the agro-food industries.
However, the increase in water and energy costs, as well as more demanding manufacturing schedules, require an increasingly fine optimization of these procedures. When cleaning conveyor belts, our concern is to reduce consumption, minimize downtime and maximize the productivity of our customers.
Indeed Any traditional water-supply cleaning system will risk contaminating the entire surface conveyor belts by propagating and promoting the multiplication of micro-organisms. At present, the cleaning of conveyor belts is therefore carried out, usually only at the end of the day as part of the complete cleaning-disinfecting of the workshop. To compensate for the disadvantages mentioned above, IBL Specifik Developed a system of Which meets the requirements of industrialists, easy to use and efficient for cleaning conveyor belts throughout the day of production: the automated steam conveyor cleaning system (SNCVA).
Advantages of steam for cleaning conveyor belts
The cleaning of conveyor belts must be adapted to the different natures of the surfaces (Plastic, PVC, polyurethane, polypropylene ...). This great diversity can then constitute reservoirs capable of transmitting bacteria, viruses or fungi to food in transit on conveyor belts.
Steam, as a source of heat, has many effects on the viability of microorganisms. The vapour, which is a gas, brings together, in a single time, a detergent and biocide activity (combined effects of temperature and pressure). Moreover, it also has a very important cleaning power as it Acts as a surfactant that dissolves fats and cleans thoroughly. The pressurized dry vapour technology is a relatively dry jet (about 5% water), projected under pressure on the surface to be cleaned and this at a high temperature. Thus, it will cause protein denaturation, destructuring of nucleic acids and can destabilise the cell walls and membranes ... It has a very broad spectrum of activity and the Organisms will not develop resistance mechanisms Because this method does not involve any chemical molecules.
Disinfection and cleaning of conveyor belts by steam is an attractive solution, as unlike conventional chemicals, this system has no toxicity and prevents the use of detergent or disinfectant using The quality naturally degreases the hot water, the mechanical effect of the vapor ejection pressure and the disinfecting effect of the heat.
Equipment for cleaning Conveyor belts
To address the specific problem of cleaning conveyor belts, IBL Specifik designed the SNCVA, innovative steam cleaning system of industrial conveyor belts. It allows to clean and decontaminate the surfaces of conveyor belts in the industry.
Fully automated, The steam cleaning system of industrial conveyor belts is recommended in the fight against the contamination of production complexes by pathogens (in particular in the food industry.)
The SNCVA can be used after and during production. It allows the cleaning and disinfecting of conveyors consisting of carpets with smooth strips, mesh, plastic chains, metal but also pallet conveyors, modular ...
Thus, the cleaning equipment of industrial conveyor belts IBL Specifik :
- To obtain excellent biocide efficiency;
- Eliminate costs associated with the purchase of chemicals
- Reduce line and production machine stops
- To spread the risk of food contamination.