Why is stainless steel ideal for the food industry?
Stainless steel (SS ) is often used for tanks , pipes, pumps and heat exchangers in the food industry. Compared to other materials, the use of stainless steel as a construction material advantages: high mechanical strength, relatively good machinability, good cleanability, high corrosion resistance and an inert surface, so the material does not give off substances that may end up in the final product.
With the addition of carbon, stainless steel is much stronger than, for example, pure iron. Even after decades of heavy use, the material retains its properties. It requires limited maintenance.
There is no chemical reaction when stainless steel comes into contact with food or water. The food product smell and taste is not changed by the stainless steel.
One of the requirements for installations in the food industry is that edges, seams and other transitions are pretty evenly rounded or should be. As a result, no contamination is left behind. With stainless steel materials , these requirements are easily met (depending on the amount of carbon).
Different production processes in the food industry are dealing with bacteria, fungi, pathogens and other microorganisms. Such microorganisms have more difficulties to attach themselves to the smooth polished surface of stainless steel materials. Moreover, stainless steel is easily cleanable, resulting in easy removal of possible contamination.
Stainless steel is an environmentally friendly material that is 100% recyclable .