Temperature control in the food industry is an essential input for a variety of reasons:
- Optimal food storage in freezers, fridges or near ambient control
- Cooking control for food processing
- Preservation process i.e. Pasteurisation
- Energy cost control
- Food hygiene through bacterial control
- Storage during distribution
Consistency is the secret in the recipe and the process used to make it. Surface contact and materials used in the design of the process effect flavour. Materials applied inside the process must be sanitary stainless, while outside the process, instruments and sensors are exposed to all types of grease, oil, fluids and even pests. Using instrumentation and sensors that can endure these conditions and be applied with sealed sanitary connections and wells are critical for preventing contamination of your product in process. Food manufacturers can save money in their process and increase profit on their final product by buying and installing instruments and sensors that:
- Reduce errors in processes which will result in less wasted product ==> Use .04% RTD sensors vs the standard .12% RTD sensor to reduce the amount of drift and therefore loss of accuracy whenever possible. ==> For surface mount applications where vessels cannot be penetrated ensure you are using sensors designed with flat tips for perpendicular mounting or magnet sensor holders to ensure best surface area contact ==> Smart instruments provide the ability to accurately monitor measurements, and you can trim input readings directly from sensors to achieve maximum relative accuracy, or match performance characteristics with your already-installed hardware. ==> Smart instruments with accurate and reliable sensors applied at the critical bottling or canning stage of your process can help ensure that your product is at the necessary temperature required to ensure high product quality and prevent spoilage after packaging. ==> You can use process indicators or instruments with display to provide visual reference of process status allowing you to act on observed changes quickly.
- Are highly reliable, reducing the need for service or replacement ==> Buying highly reliable instruments and sensors reduces cost by cutting replacement cost and reducing process interruption due to instrument and sensor failure. ==> Where there is constant vibration on machinery that runs 24/7, it is critical to use instrumentation and sensors that are rugged and reliable. ==> If agitation or vibration exists in your process, consider using sensors designed and built for processes with excessive vibration.
- Are easy to remove and reinstall without having to shut down your process, increasing your process throughput ==> Using thermowells or sanitary wells, you can remove sensors to calibrate or check temperature measurement repeatability to meet FDA requirements ==> Using flexible sensors, allows you to stock fewer sensor types, some are field cuttable cut-to-length that can fit in any thermowell or sanitary well.