Delkor Systems has designed its newest top-load case and tray packing machine to specifically address the issues of sanitation and cleanability. Delkor’s director of engineering Adam Koller says, “Our goal was to design a case packer that was more than washdown. We wanted a machine that was designed for optimal cleanability, and there is a big difference between those two criteria.”
Engineers analyzed each component of the case packer to ensure that they had minimized horizontal surfaces, designed cross members to assist with complete drainage and incorporated stand-off mounting of components for open access.
As for product contact components, Delkor designed a quick, tool-less removal of these parts so they could be removed for a sanitary wash. Servo motors, gear boxes and pneumatics are all IP-69K rated, which means that these components can receive direct contact from a high-pressure hose. Other features include NEMA 4X electrical enclosures with sloped tops, stainless steel conduit and sanitary ball feet, and 100% stainless steel for metal components with FDA-compliant plastic components.