Cleaning chamber from K+G Wetter ensures hygienic safety when grinding

A clean solution for safe food production.

With its smart machines, K+G Wetter ensures safety and hygiene in production. The company combines quality and modern food processing requirements with its intelligent solutions, as Volker Schlosser, international sales manager for K+G Wetter, explained: “Our claim is to continuously develop our designs, and deliver solutions that matched to the daily requirements of the butcher trade and industry.

“This is therefore precisely the basis from which we design specific user-oriented solutions for practical applications. An example of this is the cleaning chambers that we incorporate into our grinders and mixer grinders as standard.”

During the grinding process, the product is conveyed through the cutting set at high pressure. Fluid product components such as blood, meat juice and liquid, or even small product particles, can be forced backwards against the cutting set by the resulting pressure.

The high pressure and microscopic imperfections in the components allow microorganisms to bypass the seals. Once they have bypassed the seals, such organisms are able to proliferate in the relatively undistributed conditions encountered there. Where the bacteria population is sufficient, the material undergoing processing can become contaminated. Cleaning seals from both sides can be a good practice for avoiding this effect. However, cleaning the reserve side of the seals cannot normally be carried out on the worm drive of meat grinder because the inside of the machine is not easily accessible to the cleaning personnel.

“Our cleaning chamber hygienic solution, which we have successfully installed in our meat grinders for many years, offers a remedy here,” Schlosser said, “because it allows us to rinse the back of the seal from the outside using a cleaning agent and water jet. This means that both sides of the seal are cleaned. The foundation for germ-life is thus effectively destroyed.”

Another seal is installed towards the drive to protect it from water. The cleaning water is directed out of the cleaning chamber onto the floor via a drain pipe, so that water is unable to remain inside the cleaning chamber. Even with older seals that have received insufficient maintenance or that exhibit wear, the cleaning chamber ensures proper cleaning of this critical area, and the effective removal of deposits.