Many operators within the demanding and competitive food production sector now use the HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) system in order to reduce the risk of finished products such as meat, poultry, seafood and dairy being unsafe.

HACCP helps food producers to maintain the highest levels of hygiene and minimise the likelihood of food products being contaminated by identifying, implementing and maintaining changes to equipment and procedures.

One of the most straightforward and beneficial measures is to replace existing fan-cooled electric motors with the latest stainless steel equipment, such as the range offered by Gibbons Engineering Group.

Specifically designed with ultra-hygienic applications in mind, these waterproof stainless steel motors are free of a rating plate, cooling fan and cooling fins. The completely smooth casing gives bacteria and other contaminants nowhere to hide, whereas a traditional motor has numerous nooks and crevices where food debris can decay.

The IP69K-rated casing is dust tight and resistant to high-pressure water jets, meaning operators can hose down their equipment quickly, thoroughly and with confidence.

Gibbons can also supply these stainless steel motors with waterproof ABB ACS355 variable-speed drives as a packaged solution. The ACS355 is rated at IP66/67 ingress protection for withstanding rigorous washdowns, while a keypad membrane cover allows the unit to be easily controlled while still offering complete protection.

Food producers can enjoy these as standalone items or as a high-value packaged solution, with delivery, installation, commissioning and technical support available from our team of ABB-approved engineers.

If you’d like to know more, call Steven Burmby on 01621 868138 or email

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