Mobile HEPA air cleaners for food and beverage production

Camfil Australia Pty Ltd
Thursday, 01 July, 2021



Air quality is vital to any food or beverage production facility seeking compliance with strict food safety standards and guidelines. High efficiency air filters remove significant levels of airborne microbes and particulates to improve air quality. Increased air changes help dilute and remove the number of airborne contaminants. Often, HVAC systems are not designed to achieve increased levels of air changes as well as improved filter efficiency.

When existing HVAC systems are not adequate in achieving the required air change rates to support the air quality needs of specific food or beverage production areas, the addition of standalone HEPA Air Cleaners can help to supplement these existing HVAC systems.

Common areas within food or beverage production facilities that may benefit from the addition of standalone HEPA Air Cleaners include:

  • Cleanroom environments
  • Production lines
  • Bottling and filling areas
  • Warehousing areas (specifically raw material and finished production storage areas)
  • Cleanroom Environments

Cleanrooms are controlled environments designed to exclude airborne contaminants such as microorganisms, small particles and vapours through stringent ventilation and filtering systems, per ISO 14644 and AS/NZS 14644 2002 standards. Additional cleanroom standards may be outlined within the Australian code of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP), Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), Pharmaceutical Inspection Convention and Pharmaceutical Inspection Cooperation Scheme (PICS) and Australian Standard (AS) 1386 1989.

The most common cleanrooms used within food and beverage production are test laboratories. Food processing facilities seeking to reduce the use of preservatives require specifically graded cleanroom areas within their production areas to ensure the safety and suitability of their product for consumption.

Mobile air cleaners with incorporated E11 EPA or H13/H14 HEPA filters per EN1822:2009 can help to ensure the air within your cleanroom meets the required cleanroom standard.

Production lines

The prevention of cross contamination of airborne particulates is key to ensuring consistent quality across each production batch and the successful operation of food production lines. Creating clean air zones within key areas of your product process and positive downflow areas above employee workstations can reduce the risk of airborne cross contamination.

The addition of mobile air cleaners with incorporated HEPA particulate and molecular filtration to your food production line can create a clean air zone, removing potential airborne contaminants such as dust and microorganisms to ensure consistent product quality between batches.

Bottling and filling areas

Bottling and filling areas are critical areas within beverage manufacturing and food production facilities. This is where beverage bottles, jars and sauces are filled and is an area where the final products are most at risk from particle contamination.

Mobile air cleaners with incorporated HEPA filtration can be used to supplement your existing HVAC system and create a clean air zone, removing potential airborne contaminants and ensuring the safety and suitability of your product for consumption.

Warehousing areas

Food safety regulations require separate raw material and finished production storage areas to be clean and protected from the likelihood of microbiological, chemical and physical contamination.

The addition of mobile air cleaners with incorporated HEPA particulate and molecular filtration can create a clean air zone, removing potential airborne contaminants from these storage areas, ensuring the safety and suitability of your product for consumption.

Camfil ProSafe in-room air cleaners

Conforming to BRCGS global standards for food safety, Camfil’s CC 6000 ProSafe mobile air cleaner with HEPA filtration can help food and beverage processing facilities comply with stringent industry demands on safety, traceability and control.

General benefits of the Camfil air cleaner range include cleaner indoor air quality for a healthier indoor environment, a reduced need for surface cleaning through the efficient removal of dust and airborne contaminants, and reduced energy costs through efficient air purification. Large scale manufacturing facilities may also benefit from more efficient production through zone cleaning.

Benefits include:

  • Manufactured with materials that comply with European Food Contact Regulation (EC) No 1935:2004
  • Free from harmful chemicals Bisphenol A, Phthalates and Formaldehyde
  • Tested resistance to cleanroom decontamination and cleaning procedures (including Hydrogen Peroxide and other commonly used agents)
  • Fully compliant with the ISO 846:2019 anti-microbial growth standard and the VDI 6022 hygiene in HVAC systems standard
  • Adaptable configurations and standalone mobile unit with wheels or with horizontal layout allowing ceiling suspension
  • IP54 protection
  • Certified H13/H14 HEPA filters per EN1822:2009 to ensure optimal performance
  • Light to show when filters need to be changed
  • Dual inlet system allows for the air to be drawn from two different areas, which helps to improve air quality.
  • Dual outlet system
  • Energy efficient fans in Air Cleaners to reduce operational costs

For more information regarding Camfil’s CC 6000 ProSafe mobile air cleaner, please go to https://www.camfil.com/en-au/products/air-cleaners--air-purifiers/industrial-range/particulate-air-cleaner/cc-6000-prosafe-_-33641.

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