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A primer on hygienically designed packaging machines: Part 2

Apr 13, 2021 10:42:52 AM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in Packaging Machines, safety, sanitation, cleaning, sterilization, hygienic

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The ongoing implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) has made prevention a key buzzword in the packaging industry. One of the fundamentals of sanitation management is designing equipment to facilitate easy cleanable access to optimize effectiveness and efficiency, including access for sampling and inspection. Analogous to Dr. Demming’s often quoted precept, “if you can’t measure it, you can’t control it”, the rule in Hygienic design is “If you can’t see it, you can’t clean it or sample it.” 

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A primer on hygienically designed packaging machines

Apr 1, 2021 3:21:16 PM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in Packaging Machines, safety, cleaning, sterilization, hygienic

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In its simplest form, hygienic principles apply to two fundamental aspects of design: surfaces designed for contact with food products, and those not meant to be (non-contact). In general, surfaces meant to be in contact with food must be non-porous, smooth and impervious without cracks or crevices.

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Drip, Drain, and Draw - Is Your Machine Meeting Your Sanitation Requirements?

Dec 8, 2020 12:25:46 PM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in sanitation, sterilization, hygienic, downtime, open architectures

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Avoid harmful bacteria buildup on your packaging machine by following sanitation requirements. Machine designs should not allow moisture collection and other harmful particulates. A particular emphasis should be put on points of product contact where the exposed product can be compromised.

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Which packaging method is best for your medical devices. Thermoforming or Flow Wrapping?

Apr 20, 2020 10:29:01 AM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in Packaging, sanitation, flow wrapping, medical packaging, thermoforming, sterilization

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Deciding on the correct packaging method for medical devices is important for package integrity.

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