Eldon’s enclosures host equipment for automation and control of processing and packaging machinery

Manufacturers in the food and beverage industry need to manage tough regulatory conditions as well as costs, a volatile economy, and relentlessly tough competition.

While organizations seek to manage the proliferation of many variations of the same product (SKUs or Stock Keeping Units), labor costs, space utilization and health and safety issues, managers need also to increase performance and decrease costs to remain competitive and profitable. Efficient manufacturing processes operating reliably by safe hosting of automation and control systems are essential for success for the food and beverage industry.

Food and beverage equipment for a hungry world
Global players consolidate, demand in developing countries grows steadily, and new manufacturing technologies allow for a wide array of product diversity. Taken together, these factors place huge demands on all the players to achieve both maximum production efficiency and effectiveness.

Survival in this tough industry demands food and beverage processing lines work perfectly with near 100% uptime. Manufacturers must keep rationalizing, optimize plant utilization and speed up cleaning operations while also striving for economy of scale. For the smaller players, this boils down to the need to make acquisitions or merge with others, or minimize energy and water consumption and limit waste. Scarce natural resource will drive the manufacturers to use renewable packing materials and strive for greater process optimization.

The market is changing too with greater demand for diverse food and beverage products. For example, an ageing population and greater health consciousness are driving the demand for healthy food and beverages in the developed world, whilst growing markets and a wealthier middle class in the developing world create demand for greater variation such as size variation and premium choices.

The demand for product diversity, food safety and environmental requirements require ongoing investment in production lines
Challenges for the food and beverage industry include meeting the need for greater product diversity, food safety and environmental requirements in a highly competitive marketplace.

Food safety is an increasingly important issue since consumers and legislators demand greater transparency and compliance with various regulations. Transparency on raw material quality plus on where ingredients come from and on how they are grown and processed is crucial. To ensure food safety, the players in the industry must uphold stringent quality standards, develop internal quality control systems further and use fewer additives and preservatives in their food and beverage products.  

The above factors together with the steady growth of food and beverage consumption will require investments in both upgraded processing lines as well as in capacity, which in turn will require more and more enclosures for control and automation applications within the industry.

Eldon’s contribution to the Food and Beverage market
Eldon’s contribution to the food and beverage industry is to provide enclosures, especially stainless steel versions, to host equipment for the automation and control
of processing machinery, as well as packaging machinery.

The EU Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC and the norms EN 1672-2 and EN ISO 14159 establish the legal framework for equipment brought into the food and beverage markets within the EU. These directives state that the actions such as handling, preparation, processing and packaging of food are done hygienically with hygienic machinery in hygienic premises. Rigorous food safety and sanitation requirements as a result of the legislation will impact positively on the food processing and packaging industry since demanding regulations will make end users continue to invest in new equipment. Eldon is well-placed to support these manufacturers with its hygienic range of enclosures. 


User/Customer Needs Eldon’s Response

Keep water and dust out of the enclosure

IP66/NEMA 4x for single door enclosures (compact).
IP56 for single door enclosures (combinable).
IP66/NEMA 4x for double door (compact).
One piece bottom plate with injected polyurethane gasket

Meet health and safety requirements High-quality finish. Outstanding grinding and polishing. Polish follows grinding direction. Bacteria avoidance (corner formed panels, no gaps)

Aesthetic, good looking design Special machinery to polish the finished product post-production. Zamak chrome plated lock cover. Corner formed panels and doors (no visual bending and welding)

Corrosion resistant enclosures 304, marine grade 316L stainless steel. Profiles fully laser welded with clean welds

High flexibility Accessories are fully compatible between the platforms