PBC Linear manufactures a wide range of linear motion options that are capable of withstanding harsh conditions commonly associated with washdown applications. A washdown environment is one that utilizes either by hand or by automatic means, cleaning with water, chemicals, or a mixture of these. This washdown process can be as simple as a cloth and bucket, a hose to spray down machines, or more sophisticated methods using high pressure and controlled systems.
Common problems that arise from washdown applications include corrosion, rust accumulation, and bacterial build-up. These issues can often be found in processing, packaging, handling, and automation equipment. They are especially significant within industries that handle food, beverages, or pharmaceuticals, where regulations, standards, and inspections are required to produce and maintain equipment.
Within our Linear Motion Design for Washdown Applications white paper, we examine the sound engineering practices, design principles, and selection of mechanical linear motion components required to ensure top performance in sanitary, washdown, and chemically cleaned environments. It guides the reader through standards and regulations, eliminating potential bacteria hotspots in equipment while identifying the best materials for washdown products.
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Our Linear Motion Solutions for Washdown Applications Brochure offers design considerations outlining problems and product solutions for washdown situations.