Industrial food manufacturers use several different kinds of equipment to prepare their food products. Read on to learn more about two of their most commonly used pieces of equipment.
Industrial combi ovens
Most food manufacturers have at least one industrial combi oven, such as the Unox XEVC-2011-EPR, on their premises. These types of ovens play a crucial role in a manufacturer's ability to deliver high-quality, safe food products to the end user.
A combi oven like the Unox XEVC-2011-EPR has the capacity to cook foods in several different ways. For example, the humidity levels within its oven chamber can be increased to allow for the steaming of certain food products.
Lowering a combi oven's humidity levels so that the heat inside the chamber is completely dry enables it to bake or roast the food, rather than steam it. Combi ovens of this kind can also grill foods if needed.
An oven like this allows a food manufacturer to save money, as it can perform the work of several other pieces of cooking equipment; this means that manufacturers don't have to purchase other things, like grills and steam cookers, to make their products.
Not having to keep excessive quantities of cooking equipment on their premises also allows manufacturers to rent out smaller (and therefore cheaper) industrial facilities; this, too can save them money and thus increase their profit margins.
Commercial food processors
Almost all food manufacturers use commercial food processors to prepare their food products. Like a combi oven, a food processor is a multifunctional device which can perform a wide range of tasks; it can chop, peel and grate fruits and vegetables, knead dough, whip cream and mix liquids.
Whilst commercial food processors can be quite costly, they can save food manufacturers quite a bit of money in the long run, as they allow the aforementioned tasks to be carried out far more efficiently than if they were done manually by employees.
They also drastically reduce the likelihood of injuries occurring in a facility, as employees do not have to handle sharp objects, such as knives and graters, that could leave them with cuts, grazes and wounds throughout the course of their workday.
Most commercial food processors are made from stainless steel. The reason for this is that, in addition to being extremely robust and therefore capable of withstanding constant usage, stainless steel is also a very hygienic material; this is because it is non-porous, meaning that there are no microscopic pores in which potentially-dangerous pathogens can hide.
As such, any bacteria or viruses on a stainless steel food processor's surface can be completely eliminated by wiping it with a cloth and some disinfectant.
This is a very important quality in a food manufacturing facility, where the presence of bacteria in a food processor could result in the contamination of food products and the subsequent illness of the customers who consume those products.