Food Processing - Special Needs

The food processing industry is becoming more and more computerized. Computers control many of the processes from start to finish. Many of these processes now occur in harsh environments. Containers must be sterilized, usually through heat or chemicals. Food preparation may require high temperature baking or very low temperature freeze-drying.

Computers both monitor these processes and control them. Many times they are interconnected with a variety of other computer systems for inventory control, production scheduling, and the like.

A regular preventative maintenance plan investigating the electrical distribution is a must. Proper electrical connections, especially grounding, levels of harmonic distortion, even infrared scanning for possible thermal-related problems may avert very costly downtime due to system failures from power disturbances.