Proper air balance in food-processing facilities: 4 benefits

Cut energy costs and control temperature and condensation with an optimal plan

01/06/2014


The four benefits of proper air balance in food-processing facilities. Courtesy: CFE Media with information provided by Luke FacemyerControlling airflow and quality within a food-processing facility is critical to food safety and energy efficiency. The air flowing into areas where food is being processed must be tightly controlled. Achieving the optimal air balance within the different areas of the facility is important for maintaining room temperatures, eliminating the potential for contamination and for worker productivity. 

The key benefits of achieving and maintaining proper air balance include:

1. Lower energy costs: Improper air balance can place unnecessary pressure on exhaust fans and HVAC systems, which requires the equipment to work harder and longer, impacting energy costs. A properly installed makeup air system provides conditioned replacement air that can be heated, cooled, humidified, or dehumidified more efficiently to help reduce energy costs.

2. Condensation control: Food safety is a priority in the food-processing industry. Unwanted moisture and condensation can wreak havoc in areas where sanitation is tightly controlled. Condensation can allow moisture to gather in equipment crevices and on ledges, leading to bacteria and microbial growth. Appropriate air balance can eliminate the potential for moisture and condensation.

3. Temperature control: Room temperatures within food processing facilities must be tightly controlled to maintain sanitation standards and ensure product safety. Air balance between adjacent rooms must be monitored to eliminate the potential for air to flow between areas where temperatures are highly regulated.

4. Eliminate airborne contaminants: Controlling air flow and balance will eliminate the potential for airborne dust particles and contaminants to reach processing areas where products being produced. Food plants such as meat-processing facilities have the potential for dangerous airborne contaminants. In these facilities, the direction and frequency that air flows is especially important. The air from kill floors and rendering areas, where raw poultry and meat are handled, must never flow to areas such as packaging, where the airborne bacteria could infect the final product. 

- Edited by Jessica DuBois-Maahs, Associate Content Manager, CFE Media, Plant Engineering, Control Engineering



No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
The System Integrator Giants program lists the top 100 system integrators among companies listed in CFE Media's Global System Integrator Database.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
This eGuide illustrates solutions, applications and benefits of machine vision systems.
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
Engineering Leaders Under 40; System integration improving packaging operation; Process sensing; PID velocity; Cybersecurity and functional safety
Mobile HMI; PID tuning tips; Mechatronics; Intelligent project management; Cybersecurity in Russia; Engineering education; Road to IANA
Save energy with automation; Process control system upgrades; Dispelling controll myths; Time-sensitive networking; Control system integration; Road to IANA
This article collection contains several articles on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and how it is transforming manufacturing.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

Flexible offshore fire protection; Big Data's impact on operations; Bridging the skills gap; Identifying security risks
The digital oilfield: Utilizing Big Data can yield big savings; Virtualization a real solution; Tracking SIS performance
Getting to the bottom of subsea repairs: Older pipelines need more attention, and operators need a repair strategy; OTC preview; Offshore production difficult - and crucial
click me