Choosing the right cleaning procedure is mandatory for feeders as well – to ensure minimal downtime for cleaning and product changeover, and to ensure that the entire feeding system is completely cleaned and safe. The correct cleaning method can make production of food more economical without sacrificing food quality or food safety.
Feeder designs can be tailored to a variety of cleaning procedures, including high-hygienic wet cleaning, and high or basic hygienic dry cleaning procedures. The optimal cleaning procedure is highly dependent upon the type of material being fed, the process requirement and environment. In addition, many food manufacturers are developing or utilizing cleaning protocols that avoid any wet cleaning. In these cases, feeding systems that include interchangeable product contact modules with quick-disconnect clamps, which allow for quick and easy changeover between product runs, may be preferable.