Established in 2018, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) demands that food processors comply with advanced hygienic design standards. FSMA represented a major shift in the industry, transferring priority from treating foodborne illness to preventing it entirely.
When plant operators are upgrading their food processing equipment, it’s easy to forget smaller components like control panels. However, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspectors expect compliance in all aspects of a food processing facility – big and small. Hygienic control design also means easier cleaning for your employees, reducing training times and encouraging retention.
Why Hygienic Design?
Hygienic design matters now more than ever. As the food processing industry grows more and more transparent, the industry-wide focus is shifting from productivity to safety and sanitation. Food processing professionals know that proper sanitary design is fundamental to preventing and controlling food product contamination, which can have a dire impact on your company’s reputation. Hygienic design is also key when it comes time for your facility’s FDA inspection. Finally, effective hygienic design can keep your employees safe and injury-free while increasing your operation’s overall efficiency. After all, easy cleaning means less time interrupting operations and more time growing your bottom line.
Our Control Panels
Underwriters Laboratories (UL) serves as an authority in the food processing industry, designating compliant controls as “UL-listed.” UL’s goals of enhancing sustainability, demonstrating safety, and strengthening security speak to our mission, which is why EnSight Solutions is currently prioritizing UL-listed controls. These control panels are a dramatic improvement from the screw-in terminals of yesteryear. So, what do UL-listed controls look like? Our control panels now incorporate a push-in terminal style, preventing loose terminal issues during shipping. Our push-in terminals also grow tighter with movement, making them a durable addition to your everyday processing equipment. Overall, our control panels are designed to avoid product accumulation while making processes much easier on your employees.
Our product designers make decisions based on mandatory hygienic training. For example, is a new control design easy for plant operators to clean? Additionally, will a new control design incorporate seamlessly into a processing facility’s existing hygienic operations? This training is a key part of our strategy to provide the most innovative and hygienic solutions. At EnSight Solutions, we’re not just focused on mitigating customer pain points – we want to anticipate your needs to make all machines easily cleanable. That includes everything from innovative control design to slope-top storage boxes to eliminate standing water. We know that equipment cleaning often falls to third-shift employees working in the middle of the night – which is why we prioritize completely hygienic, tool-less design.
Want to know more about hygienic design and controls? Contact us today for your creative control panel solution. Our control panels are easy to use, easy to clean, and designed with cutting-edge industry standards in mind. With more than 50 years of experience in the food industry, we want to anticipate your needs and take your food processing operation to the next level. If you have an unaddressed hygienic equipment need, we would love to take it on.