Cleaning effectiveness

The ability to fully clean your drainage system and to do so quickly and easily will have a significant impact on the hygienic performance of your manufacturing facility and also operational costs. Recent research conducted with the Fraunhofer Institute found that hygienically designed drainage can be fully cleaned in just 8 minutes, whereas non-hygienically designed drainage could not be fully cleaned even after 180 minutes of cleaning! That’s why we always recommend hygienically designed systems in food and beverage processing environments.

Fraunhofer cleanability research

The research findings of the Fraunhofer Institute IVV Dresden clearly show that the use of ACO’s hygienically designed channel dramatically improves cleanability. Hence, reducing the risk of bacterial contamination and ultimately helping food manufacturing companies and foodservice outlets improve the safety of their facilities and their products.

At ACO, our drainage not only helps optimize hygienic performance but thanks to a number of unique design features our products also ensure that operators can benefit from having an efficient and cost effective cleaning process as well as a minimal ongoing maintenance programme.

ACO’s hygienic channel, gully, grate, basket and foul air trap designs incorporate a number of functional design features to aid the cleaning process and minimise the risk of bacterial harbourage.

The patent-pending end-cap design of hygienic channel has a completely drainable dry sump and minimum degree slope to prevent the build up of stagnant water, smells, microbial growth and potential chemical hazards, a deep drawn body with smooth contours which eliminates crevices that can harbour bacteria and a completely smooth, easy-to-clean stainless steel surface.

ACO’s slip-resistant grates have no mesh but are cast or fully welded, and every joint is curved to make removal and cleaning an easy and safe process. All grates are electropolished to enhance cleaning effectiveness.

While ACO’s easy-to-remove foul air trap benefits from rounded edges and smooth contours which eliminate crevices which can be hard to clean thoroughly.

Recommended cleaning procedures have also been developed in partnership with premium cleaning agent suppliers while ACO’s advanced manufacturing technologies ensure durability and every product in our range benefits from full pickle passivation to maximize corrosion resistance when cleaning chemicals are used with care.

The ACO team also provides market-leading expertise regarding drainage system planning, system installation and the creation of a perfect connection with the surrounding floor to avoid any unnecessary issues and related costs.