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Guide to Hygienic Drainage Performance

Guide to hygienic drainage performance

The strictest levels of hygiene are required in food and drink manufacturing applications and is considered one of the most challenging environments to design. The fundamental reason for applying hygienic design principles in food factories is to prevent cross contamination of food products. Therefore, careful attention must be paid to the infrastructure of a food and drink processing facility but more specifically to the drainage of waste.

There is increased importance placed on food hygiene in food manufacturing facilities in recent months with the recent Covid-19 outbreak across a number of food factories in the UK. These sites have been forced to close to enable deep cleaning and placing a strain on employee operations as well as the safety of the consumer.

Listeria is always high on the agenda for food manufacturers too. Drainage must be kept spotless as listeria can easily be spread throughout plants by walking over contaminated drain grates and the spreading of virus particles. The drain cleaning process also means pressurised water blasts listeria onto equipment and flooded drains can also get clogged up during the cleaning process. Listeria outbreaks are commonly linked to food factories and often found in the floor and drainage areas of the plant.

All hygienic drainage should also be specified in high quality grade 304 or 316 stainless steel and is determined by the environment and cleaning process. The key reason for this is the smooth, protective and solid chromium oxide layer on top. This ensures the stainless steel is corrosion resistant and the base material does not corrode when in the contact with food and other environmental factors. In addition, it’s easy to clean so germs and bacteria cannot attack and raises the hygiene levels within the plant. Surface finish and condition is critical in the successful application of stainless steel, the smooth surface promotes good cleaning and prevents the risk of corrosion. Quite simply there is no better material than stainless steel for contact with food however attention must also be paid to the drainage specification. The Aspen whitepaper will highlight the best practice in designing and maintaining hygienic environments to ensure optimum performance.

Drainage by Design

An expertly fitted drainage system will have a positive image on the entire factory by boosting the overall hygienic performance. This includes improvement in employee health and safety, operational costs as well as consumer safety. If drainage design is treated as an afterthought during the project lifecycle it forces the client to rectify the drainage at a later stage. This process could involve removing the production equipment, flooring and could disrupt the entire manufacturing process.

Please download the latest Aspen whitepaper to view more and read our drainage application checklist.

Aspen Stainless are experts in the manufacture and installation of bespoke stainless-steel equipment to meet the increasingly stringent demands of hygienic performance. Aspen have supplied hygienic bespoke solutions to a number of key applications including food and drink processing plants, commercial kitchens, hospitality, leisure sectors and many more.

Email aspen@canalengineering.co.uk to discuss further.

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Cranswick Country Foods Case Study

Aspen Stainless supplied standard and bespoke stainless-steel solutions to the UK’s leading food producer Cranswick. A key producer of premium fresh and value-added food products.

Aspen worked closely with Trundley Design to design effective hygienic plant equipment for a number of their key food processing plants across the UK. Aspen Stainless manufactured and delivered a large range of standard and bespoke stainless-steel solutions including kerbing, drain covers, drain channels and access covers to a number of UK sites. Stainless steel is an ideal long-term solution for food manufacturing plants as its surface property doesn’t corrode, rust or weaken. The drainage system was installed to support the cleaning regime and water flow around the factory. This in turn blended perfectly with the flooring design supplied by John Lord flooring and allowed for waste to drain effectively into the surrounding channels and gullies. This created a seamless connection between the systems and prevented any standing waste and bacteria from building up.

The kerbing supplied drastically improved the efficiency and reduced any small debris that can harbour and grow in food processing plants. Cranswick maintains strict hygiene standards throughout their factories and Aspen Stainless provided a tailor-made package to meet these specialist requirements. The project management team at Canal worked closely with the contractor to install the Aspen solutions in line with current UK building regulations and to ensure a smooth delivery and seamless finish.

   

Ian Trundley, Architect, David Trundley Design Services Ltd “We have been working with John Lord and Aspen Stainless for over 10 years within the food industry including major projects for Cranswick Country Foods. At the Cranswick’s Gourmet Bacon Plant near York, John Lord provided a one stop resin solution for the factory utilising Uragard flooring and Aspen Stainless steel drainage. The project was completed within 21 weeks from site purchase to first production and the involvement of John Lord was an integral part of the project’s success”

For more information on Aspen Stainless Solutions please email: aspen@canalengineering.co.uk

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Hygienic solutions for Heathrow catering

Aspen Stainless recently supplied an expansive range of standard and bespoke stainless-steel solutions for the DO & CO project based at Heathrow Airport. DO & CO is an airline catering company, specialising in gourmet food production and distribution. The new facility is integral to the future growth of the business in the UK and supporting international connectivity.

Mclaughlin & Harvey were appointed as main contractor to help fully reconfigure the internal space for its gourmet food preparation and distribution centre.

All commercial kitchens must be fitted with effective drainage systems to ensure a safe, clean environment. To also help mitigate hazards and support high standards of operations internally. The Davos stainless steel drainage channels were installed to cope with waste liquid within the plant. The system installed worked hand in hand with the flooring supplied by John Lord flooring and meant the elements effectively drained water into the channels and gullies to prevent any pooling or standing water (prone to bacteria build up)

Aspen summit gullies were specified to provide maximum liquid drainage and excellent filtration of solid waste. The membrane flange was designed to act as a second drainage to prevent water reaching the filled concrete around the drain gully.

 

The shower drain channels were manufactured in grade 304 stainless steel and fabricated in suitable sized lengths for an effective drainage system design. Stainless steel is resistant to caustic cleaning materials and does not rust or weaken making it an excellent long-term solution for the plant.

Aspen also designed a number of bespoke items such as pit gratings and through pipes to support the entire factory process. All products were supplied in high quality British stainless steel, the most hygienic option for commercial kitchens with its non-absorbent and easy to clean surface.

If you wish to find out more about our Aspen Stainless Steel Solutions please email: aspen@canalengineering.co.uk

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National BIM library for Aspen Stainless

We’re excited to announce the range of Aspen Stainless steel solutions is now available on the National BIM library

This is an exciting opportunity for Aspen to deliver visibility, efficiency and collaboration with our clients. BIM offers the opportunity to reduce costs and improve delivery of projects by allowing a virtual model to be created before construction begins. As a project develops the areas of a building can change, so does the design, allowing for all changes to be transparent to all parties. Aspen Stainless provides customers with many product engineering solutions to meet the increasingly stringent demands for hygienic plant equipment, taking advantage of our wealth of knowledge in stainless steel fabrication. Aspen Sales Manager commented “Aspen aims to deliver our clients the very latest in design technology, giving them the opportunity to see how their design looks as the project progresses and also means changes can be made at an earlier stage to ensure we make the best of the process.”

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The Aspen range of solutions includes drainage parts, wall kerbing and skirting, wall cladding, bollards, bump rails, entrance and building protection. We’ll keep you posted once the BIM models go live, in the meantime you can view our product portfolio on the RIBA product selector.

If you have any questions regarding BIM models or any other enquiry please email: aspen@canalengineering.co.uk

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What makes stainless steel the hygienic choice for commercial workers?

A metal popular in a wide range of industries, from hospitality to industrial production, stainless steel is one of the most versatile materials available today. From the knives and forks we eat with, the floors we walk on and the equipment we work with, it’s flexibility allows it to contribute to almost every aspect of working life. Yet why is it so popular? What makes it the so called ‘hygienic choice’ for commercial workers in 2019.

Stainless steel is commonly described as a self-healing metal, as it can maintain its high levels of structure and usability in a range of challenging environments. It can endure high and low temperatures, wet and dry conditions, and survive shock and abrasion without damage. Its surface coating is scientifically referenced as the ‘passive’ layer, which enables the metal to resist damage from external factors.

The hygiene requirements of stainless steel in the working environment can be intense and demanding, from consumption products such as cutlery and food preparation tools, to medical equipment and production. The materials must be suitable for internal and external use for humans and animals, preventing against harmful bacteria contaminating the user. To be able to do this, the steel must be easy to clean, but also be entirely non-absorbent, ensuring that a surface clean will be enough to remove all bacteria and germs. The metal contains no pores, cracks or open spaces for bacteria, including taste and odour to embed itself in, as it is a self contained piece of material.

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This element of stainless steel also helps it to work well in busy, fast paced environments, where deep clean treatments and intense sanitation isn’t always practical. Uniquely designed to let soap and water, a dishwasher cycle or a clean cloth and antibacterial spray clean it effectively helps it to survive in hospitals, restaurants and high pressure factories. This material structure is also seen in the composition of glass and china, which also maintain easy cleaning promises.

Stainless steel is also resistant to most other external factors which may threaten its hygienic state, such as dents, nicks and cuts, making it a sealed and protected surface. It holds its form against fire and water, making it safe to use in a big range of environments where other metals may melt or bend. Its durability also helps to popularise the material from an environmental perspective, as it can re-used a large number of times, lowering the rates of repurchase and repeated production. This means less waste and less fuel used in the production of new materials, helping to protect the environment.

Stainless steel metal products are, without question, the most hygienic options for any industry, and offer almost endless uses due to their easy clean and self-healing surfaces.

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Metal finishings explained

For thousands of years, metal has played an integral part in our lives, having an array of uses, industrial metal finishing being one of the main ones. The metals that we use on a regular basis include copper, tin, zinc, lead and nickel, as well as relatively rare “precious” metals such as gold, silver, platinum and palladium.

So, what is metal finishing?

Metal interacts with chemicals so metal finishing changes the surface of metals to be able to resist corrosion by rusting. The damage to metals can come through normal wear and tear, chemicals, and air pollutants. It works by treating the exterior of a metal product by applying a thin complementary layer to its surface.

Some of the benefits of metal finishing include:

– Provides a higher tarnish, electrical and chemical resistance
– Provides an increased durability and lifespan of materials
– Provides an improved decorative appearance
– Provides an enhanced electrical conductivity
– Provides easy cleaning process of metal products
– Reduces Adhesion and contamination
– Limits the impact of corrosion
– Strengthens the substrate and increasing wear resistance
– Makes a surface electrically conductive

There are many different types of metal finishing including electroplating, hot blackening, metal plating, buff polishing, metal grinding, sand blasting, and powder coating. There are different thing you should consider when choosing a metal finishing process. Things to consider include the speed of the production process of the product, the cost effectiveness of the project, the hardness of the metal used and the potential for vulcanisation.
Electroplating

This process involves the deposit of a metal or metal alloy onto the surface of a substrate. An electric current is passed through a liquid (referred to as a “bath”) that contains dissolved ions of the metal and the substrate. The object serves as a cathode and attracts the metal ions found in the plating bath.

As well as metallic surfaces, electroplating can also be used to coat plastics and other non-metallic materials. However, this process is extremely difficult to master and requires specialized plating expertise.

 

Hot blackening

 

This process is most often used to provide a black matte finish on automotive parts and firearms, as well as for military applications where a protective dark coating is required. Hot blackening can also increase the abrasion resistance of a metal part.
It works by spreading a thin layer of black oxide onto a product’s surface to create a matte black finish with high abrasion resistance. It is a high-temperature process in which the product is inserted into a series of tanks containing cleaners, caustics, and coolants.

 

Buff polishing

 

This process can be used to clean and smooth the surface of a substrate. However, buff polishing does not involve creating any type of electrochemical reaction. Instead, a machine equipped with a cloth wheel is used to buff the surface, producing an action that is similar to buffing an automobile after waxing an automobile. Buff polishing is most often applied to provide a glossy, decorative finishing to metallic objects.

 

Sand blasting

 

The process forces sand, steel shots, metal pellets or other abrasives into a substrate at high speed. This results in a smooth, clean product texture, particularly in soft metals. Sand blasting is done by using sand-blasting machines which are typically employed in projects requiring a uniform matte texture.

 

Powder coating

 

Powder coating involves the application of a dry powder instead of using a liquid to coat a metal object. can provide greater thickness than a liquid coating. The powder coating process works by combining an array of ingredients that includes pigments, curatives, flow modifiers, levelling agents and other additives to create the powder. The powder is then electrostatically deposited onto the surface of the substrate. A powder coating can be applied to some plastics and other non-metallic substrates.

 

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Lightweight Drainage for Showers, Wet Rooms and Changing Rooms

In many industries a hygienic environment is a high priority.

A cleaning regime implemented by a company can occur multiple times per day to ensure their environment is up to standard and maintained for their employees and customers using the facilities.

Often in larger environments, a considerable amount of cleaning liquid, water and non-toxic chemicals are used to ensure the facilities are properly managed and therefore a suitable drainage system is required to accommodate all of the waste water.

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Drainage Design and Performance

In most cases, a lightweight drainage design is chosen, which enables the drain cover to be removed with ease and assist the daily cleaning of the drain channel where build-up of unwanted waste can occur. This allows the operative to collect and dispose of the waste appropriately preventing system blockages and bad smells.

The chosen drain cover should be durable and safe, and be designed with the potential foot traffic in mind. In showers, wet rooms and changing facilities, there is a high chance of people walking around bare foot, therefore a drain cover should have drainage holes or slots that are small enough to prevent snagging of their toes and tripping.

In addition, the drain cover should have excellent durability to withstand a constant foot fall without any chance of warping and denting its profile.

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Stainless Steel Material Choice

To cater for these demanding environments an appropriate material choice for your drainage system is required. Stainless steel is a popular choice because it has excellent chemical resistant properties, which means the cleaning materials used in the daily regime have zero effect on the integrity of the material.

Stainless steel is known for its use in wet conditions because it does not corrode, rust or stain. This will ensure your drainage system and the drain cover, which will be prominently on show, will provide your facilities with a continuous showroom appearance.

Waterside Hotel and Leisure Club Project

Situated in the vibrant city of Manchester, The Waterside Hotel and Leisure Club has recently had a £1.1m refurbishment of their leisure facilities. Included in the refurbishment was a complete drainage package for their changing room and shower facilities, which connected their gymnasium and swimming pool for their customers.

Aspen installed their latest design of lightweight Shower Drain Covers and paired them with their popular Davos Drain Channel for the new Waterside facilities.

With specially designed 5mm laser cut holes, the drain cover boasts excellent drainage while protecting the user from injury on the drain.

 

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Hygienic Stainless Steel Environments within Dairies

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In dairy industries it is vital that hygiene standards are kept to a very high standard. To do this, the choice of materials used in the construction of a dairy are required to cope with the daily processing and production demands.

The Wrong Choice of Drainage and Wall Kerbing

Drainage and wall kerbing, which make up part of a dairy, are important products that need consideration. To reduce costs, many may opt for these to be made out of concrete, however over time concrete dries out and is prone to cracking.

This can jeopardise a hygienic environment as unwanted bacteria will harbour in the cracks, no matter the size. Concrete is also a hard material to thoroughly clean as it is not impermeable and can absorb some moisture, weakening the structure.

In time the concrete may therefore erode and cause construction issues within a dairy, which would disrupt the daily production of their goods.

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Highly Hygienic Stainless Steel

Alternatively, drainage and wall kerbing can be manufactured from stainless steel.

Stainless steel is resistant to caustic cleaning materials and lactic acid, which are common elements in a dairy. This resistance ensures that the stainless steel surface does not corrode, rust or weaken making it an excellent long term solution in construction.

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Choosing Your Drainage System Design

As well as the material it is made from, the layout and design of a drainage system is also important.

A drainage system will need the appropriate flow rates to cope with the volume of liquid waste water in the area.

A drainage system also goes hand in hand with the flooring design so liquid waste water drains effectively into the channels or gullies. Doing this prevents any pooling or standing water, which is prone to bacteria build up.

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Create a Seamless Connection

A stainless steel wall kerbing system can also work with the flooring design. A seamless connection between the floor and the wall can be made by installing a resin wall cove onto the kerbing.

This drastically improves the efficiency of cleaning by removing any creases or angled connections. In turn this reduces the amount of areas bacteria and small debris can harbour and grow.

With strict hygiene demands throughout the dairy industry, Aspen Stainless has the ability to provide a tailored product package to meet your specialist requirements using its range of drainage, wall kerbing and protection.

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New Year, New Rooms – Sealed Using PolySto Kerb

In food and drink factories, hygiene and cleaning is an important factor when manufacturing, processing, packaging and distributing quality products, daily. With various processing areas in a factory it is imperative that the construction of the factory will not impede production or fail due to impact or wear.

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Recently, Aspen Stainless were commissioned to install their UK exclusive range of PolySto hygienic wall kerbing throughout a food factory. Being manufactured from very strong polymer composite with a smooth, natural grey finish, the kerbing is designed to reduce the ingress of liquids and provide protection to walls, columns and door edges, from the floor level.

Once installed, the wall kerb was sealed with a high quality, silicone based, food safe joint sealant containing a special fungicide to prevent bacteria and fungi build up. The high strength formula is ideal for food environments due to its high humidity and temperature resistant attributes.

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Accompanied by stainless steel wall cladding for the doors, the PolySto wall kerb now provides a completely sealed and hygienic surface between the walls and floor, and provides added protection and support to the walls, from daily factory traffic and potential loading bay collisions.

With strict demands for hygienic plant and equipment in all food and drink industries, Aspen has the ability to provide a tailored product package to meet your specialist requirements using its range of drainage, wall kerbing, and protection.

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Guide to Hygienic Drainage Performance

Guide to hygienic drainage performance The strictest levels of hygiene are required in food and drink manufacturing applications and is considered one of the most challenging environments to design. The fundamental reason for applying hygienic design principles in food factories is to prevent cross contamination of food products. Therefore, careful attention must be paid to…