Stainless steel AISI 316L A4
Temperature resistant -25 °C to +150 °C
Temperature resistant -40 °C to +120 °C
Cabinet U-handles GN 429 are intended for use in hygienic areas. The version with PL finish comply also with the DGUV testing principles.
The sealed mounting surfaces enable fastening without dead spaces. The high quality finish prevents adherence of dirt and facilitates cleaning.
Maximum hygiene is a fundamental requirement, not only where food is produced. Hygiene also plays an increasing role in other industrial areas, from the pharmaceutical industry to the manufacture of paints and dyes. Nowadays a major issue is the manufacture of products without added preservatives or with as few added preservatives as possible - while still achieving a long shelf life. However, this can only be achieved in a production environment in which all risks of contamination with microorganisms or dirt are excluded. For plant construction, this means that all components, elements, as well as surfaces, must be designed accordingly. Contaminants must not accumulate and must be easy to remove.
Since even the smallest weak spots can contaminate entire production lines, Elesa+Ganter decided to develop a special series of Standard Parts that meet the high requirements of the EHEDG, DGUV and the 3-A Sanitary Standards, Inc.
All Standard Parts of the “Hygienic Design” product family are labeled with the HD icon. They combine high surface quality, freedom from dead spaces, non-scooped outer surfaces, and sealed bolting areas. A sealing concept based on FEM calculations ensures reliable contact pressure after installation. Hygienic Design also means that the time and material needed for regular cleaning is significantly reduced - which also noticeably lowers operating costs.
In the food industry, medical technology and the pharmaceutical industry, product safety and consumer protection are becoming increasingly important. Due to their specific properties, standard parts in hygienic design can support the production process in these sensitive areas and facilitate the manufacture of products with a long shelf life, reducing the need for preservative agents.
Less and shorter cleaning work (this can be up to 25% of the production time), therefore
EN 1672-2:2009 “Food machinery”
Machines must be able to be cleaned, i.e. they must be designed and constructed so that dirt can be removed with the recommended cleaning methods.
Machinery directive 2006/42/EC
Machines must be designed so that
DIN EN ISO 14519:2008-07
Hygiene requirements for the design of machines
DIN EN 1672-2:2021-05
Food machinery – General design principles – Part 2
Design / Geometry
The interior and exterior areas of all appliances, components or piping must be self-draining or be able to be drained and easy to clean.
Surface properties and roughness
Easy to clean with Ra < 0.8 μm
EHEDG (European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group)
3-A Sanitary Standard, Inc.
BGN (Berufsgenossenschaft Nahrungsmittel und Gastgewerbe) [Food and Hospitality Trade Association]
For the standard parts which are listed in Hygienic Design, seals have the central function of protecting dead spaces, gaps and cracks from the penetration of cleaning fluids or product residues.
For this, a defined pre-tension or pressing of the seals and wipers is necessary for a reliable and permanent seal in the installed condition. Within the Hygienic Design product family, seal installation spaces and seal cross sections are calculated and designed with simulation software, so that the necessary surface compression is achieved on installation and the seal material is not subjected to excess pressure.
A fundamental differentiation can be made between static and moving seals:
During assembly, the static seals in the design example shown below are tightened to the mounting surface at the top (sealing ring) and to the contact surface at the bottom (bottom seal). It should be ensured that all surfaces which make contact with the seal have a surface finish of at least Ra 0.8 µm.
The moving seals on the adjustable sleeve (wiper) and the ball joint (joint sealing ring) of the foot are designed so that they allow adjustment in both height and angle. With these too, the installation space together with the cross section of the seal ensures a gap-free, pre-tensioned seal.
Depending on the version and the type of use, it may be the case that seals may need to be replaced in case of damage or for preventative maintenance. For this, Elesa+Ganter supplies the relevant seals as spare parts or offers these under GN 7600 and GN 7607 as standard parts.
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