In an effort to better serve the high-end food, dairy, nutraceutical and fine chemical markets, Schenck Process announced an investment to renovate its main plant at the Whitewater, Wisconsin location to a dedicated stainless steel production facility. The change removes carbon steel manufacturing at the main plant and replaces it with all stainless steel manufacturing to meet today’s hygienic standards. The potential for corrosion and cross contamination between carbon steel and stainless steel parts during cutting, forming, welding and finishing steps will be eliminated.
“The markets for food and dairy applications have seen steady growth in recent years, and we expect this to continue,” said Jay Brown, President FCP at Schenck Process. “This growth is also driven by increasing levels of food safety regulations and the desire of our customers to protect their brand reputation. Fully segregated operations will further increase our ability to deliver equipment that is completely free from any possible sources of contamination, a major issue for many customers.”
The US Dairy 3-A sanitary standard and European Hygienic Engineering Design Group (EHEDG) guidelines for certain human food production require food producers to use equipment that protects food from contamination, can be mechanically cleaned on all surfaces, and can be dismantled easily for manual cleaning or inspection. The guidelines set benchmarks for materials suitable for use in the production of food for human consumption. Primarily, because of its corrosion resistance and durability compared with most other materials available, stainless steel is by far the preferred material for fabricating food equipment.
Schenck Process expects the new segregated stainless steel production facility to be fully operational by October 1, 2017.
“Schenck Process is recognized as a worldwide leader in the manufacture of pneumatic conveying, weighing, feeding and dust collection systems. The opening of the Whitewater facility will enable us continue our expansion into the food, nutraceutical and fine chemical markets with applications that meet the most exacting hygienic and sanitary standards,” said Brown.