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FOOD SAFETY
Sanitation
automation
Evolving technology allows for consistency in keeping plants clean.
by Benton Smith | bsmith@sosland.com
I
t might not be too long before automation becomes the
new norm in dairy processing food safety. Even before the
pandemic threw another wrench into the plant sanitation
process, circumstances made it difficult for some companies
to find enough staff to properly clean machines and
equipment. Plant sanitation jobs typically are third shift with
low pay, pointed out Bryan Downer, vice president of sales
and marketing, Sani-Matic, Inc., Sun Prairie, Wis. Those and
other factors, Downer said, lead to high turnover with those
jobs.
In the two years since the start of the pandemic, with
people looking for different lines of work, he explained,
Sani-Matic has heard from a " tremendous number of
customers " who needed machines to automate aspects
of their respective plant's sanitation, because they lacked
enough resources or people.
Other times, Downer said, dairy processing plants ran
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into issues with illnesses and people missing work while they
recovered. What's more, he said in some West coast plants where
regulations required companies to provide employees with PPEs
to protect against the spread of COVID-19, some businesses
found the cost of doing so was impacting the bottom line,
because plants hadn't budgeted for staffing costs beyond wages.
In extreme cases, it became unprofitable for processors to
use people for plant sanitation.
" The machine doesn't call in sick, and it does the work the
exact same way you tell it to every single time, " Downer said.
AUTOMATION EVOLUTION
While it is more difficult to automate at fluid dairy plants, which
are very strictly regulated, Downer said it appears cheese
processors want to automate as much as possible. Automation
tends to bring consistency, and he said there's a lot of clean out
of place necessary with cheese processing machinery.
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