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Are washdowns damaging your electric motors?

In certain industries, such as the food and beverage sector, regular washdowns are an essential part of the daily routine. In order to maintain the utmost levels of hygiene and avoid cross-contamination, high-pressure water jets are often used to blast off equipment. While this is a reliable method of cleaning down machinery, it can be detrimental to electric motors.

Firstly, the intensity of the spray may mean that water enters the equipment, causing catastrophic damage to the windings. Secondly, the presence of water on the motor casing can cause corrosion, with the resulting rusty surface becoming a health hazard.

Gibbons Engineering Group supplies ultra-hygienic stainless steel electric motors that are designed to withstand the challenging conditions within food and beverage production rooms. These motors are paint-free motors and instead of a rating plate the motor details are laser engraved on the casing. Plus, a totally enclosed non-ventilated TENV) casing means there are no cooling fins which, along with a dust-tight IP69K shell, make this motor completely smooth and impermeable to high-pressure water. Washdowns can therefore be carried out as required with complete confidence.

The motors are available in frame sizes 63-90L with a power rating of 0.12-1.5kW and efficiency class IE3. We offer same-day dispatch as standard with full technical support available.

Find out more about our stainless steel electric motors by calling Steven Burmby on 01621 868138 or email

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