Washing and disinfection of thermal chambers at enterprises

The choice of means for washing thermal chambers

The question of how to wash the thermal chambers is faced by every enterprise. The process of washing thermal chambers not only requires effective means, but also takes into account the characteristics of the materials from which the chambers are made. Manufacturers provide recommendations on the selection of suitable detergents, and it is important to adhere to their recommendations.

For many years, product safety and quality have remained the key priorities of enterprises in the food industry. One of the important stages of ensuring safety is the washing and disinfection of thermal chambers, which are widely used for storing and processing products.

Thermal chambers are an integral part of the equipment at enterprises where they play a crucial role in the preparation of products and semi-finished products.

Thermal chambers ensure the exact observance of temperature conditions necessary for the processes of drying, maturation and cooking of meat. This allows you to achieve optimal taste, texture and preservation of nutrients in meat products. Proper operation of thermal chambers directly affects the quality of products.

Contamination of the thermal chamber can be highly resistant and diverse, including grease, soot, resins, remnants of seasonings and other organic substances. If these deposits are not removed in a timely manner, they can become a source of microbiological contamination affecting the quality and safety of products.

When choosing what to wash the thermal chambers, you need to take into account the features of the means:

Dissolution of heavy impurities: Effective detergents for thermal chambers must have the ability to dissolve even the densest and heaviest impurities, such as soot, tar and grease.
Chemical neutrality with respect to stainless steel: Stainless steel is the main material for thermal chambers, detergents must be chemically neutral to avoid damage to the surface and maintain its long service life.
Disinfecting properties: Effective detergents must have disinfecting properties capable of destroying bacteria and fungal deposits. This is important to prevent possible sources of microbiological contamination in thermal chambers.

Instructions for cleaning thermal chambers

The cleaning procedure is carried out in compliance with certain steps and recommendations, taking into account the features of modern equipment.

  • Disconnecting and cooling down

After the end of the working cycle, the thermal chamber is turned off, and it is given time to cool down completely. This is important both for the safety of personnel and for the efficiency of the cleaning process.

  • Filling the tank with detergent

The required amount of detergent is poured into a special tank of the washing system. The dosage depends on the volume of the thermal chamber, the level of contamination and the manufacturer’s recommendations.

  • Starting the «washing» mode

After the preparation of the chamber, the washing starts, which includes soaking, cleaning and rinsing. This automated process provides a comprehensive and effective cleaning of the thermal chamber.

  • Using the intensive cleaning function

In case of persistent contamination, intensive cleaning must be carried out, which provides additional power to remove complex deposits.

Cleaning the heat chamber manually

In modern conditions, enterprises are equipped with automatic washing systems, saving employees from time-consuming manual cleaning. However, if outdated equipment is used, the procedure includes the following steps:

  • Application of detergent. The detergent is applied to the contaminated surfaces of the heat chamber.
  • Mechanical impact. Dirt is actively removed using a soft brush or sponge.
  • Rinsing and drying. After removing the dirt, the surfaces are rinsed and dried.

Safety measures when using detergents

Alkaline detergents are widely used in the processes of cleaning thermal chambers at meat processing plants due to their high efficiency in dissolving fats, proteins and other persistent contaminants. However, their use requires strict observance of precautionary measures, since they can pose a danger to the health and safety of personnel.

When working with alkaline detergents, precautions must be taken:

  • Ventilation of the room. It is necessary to ventilate the premises well in order to avoid the influence of fumes on products and personnel.
  • Use of personal protective equipment. When working with alkaline products, protective equipment such as a mask and gloves should be worn.
  • Familiarization with the instructions. The personnel should be carefully acquainted with the safety instructions provided by the detergent manufacturers.

Acid washing of Thermal Chambers — Fight against deposits of hard water salts

Acidic agents are also used in the washing of thermal chambers. This procedure is called deoxidation. It is aimed at removing deposits of hard water salts that can accumulate on the surfaces of equipment. These deposits caused by minerals in the water can become a source of problems: deterioration of heat transfer, increased energy consumption and deterioration of the quality of manufactured products.

Causes of deposits of hardness salts in thermal chambers:

  • Hard Water. The main reason for the formation of deposits is the presence of minerals in the water, such as calcium and magnesium. At a high concentration of these ions, water is considered «hard».
  • Heating and Cooling Cycles. During the operation of a thermal chamber undergoing heating and cooling cycles, minerals from water can be deposited on surfaces, forming solid deposits.

The process of washing thermal chambers at enterprises plays a key role in ensuring a high standard of sanitation and hygiene of production. The results of this procedure not only affect the quality and safety of products, but also determine the efficiency of production processes.

Equipment manufacturers promise to achieve the desired results using only the built-in washing of thermal chambers. However, based on our experience, Odyssey Systems has come to the conclusion that ensuring sanitary safety is practically impossible without adding a foam generator or foam station to the final washing process.

In the context of rapid production rates, often exceeding the recommended standards, the final washing stage ensures thorough removal of contamination residues even in hard-to-reach places, ensuring a high standard of sanitation and durability of equipment.

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