Stainless steel is a type of material prized across industries for its versatility and maintainability. If you work in an industry where using sanitary materials is important, you likely have some stainless-steel machines or tools in your workplace or have at least heard of the sanitary welding process.
What is sanitary welding, and what is it used for?
Read on to learn about this metalworking practice and its purposes.
What Is Sanitary Welding?
Sanitary welding is a metalworking process used primarily to manufacture sanitary stainless steel for use in food, pharmaceutical, medical, and similar industries. In these industries, sanitary materials are a necessity. Sanitary welding creates sanitary stainless steel—a material that is smooth, nonporous, and easily cleanable, therefore being easy to maintain in regard to industry standards of hygiene.
Popular Uses of Sanitary Welding
Because of its hygienic qualities, stainless steel created using sanitary welding is an ideal choice for certain industries. The food, pharmaceutical, and medical industries are a few that benefit from using sanitary welds. Below, we’ll discuss why and how sanitary welds are used in each industry.
Because the food industry deals with manufacturing, preparing, and serving food, it’s important that all the equipment it uses is easily cleanable and sanitary. When the machinery and tools that come into contact with the food are made of a sanitary weld, the chances of contamination are far less likely than if another, rougher material was used. Keeping food-grade equipment clean helps to keep customers who consume food made with those materials safe. Some examples of objects in the food industry made with a sanitary weld include vats, tanks, piping, and other food manufacturing or kitchen equipment.
The pharmaceutical industry must prioritize the cleanliness of its equipment, just like the food industry. Like contaminated food, drugs that are contaminated by the equipment used to make them can pose a serious risk to the health of consumers. One common type of sanitary weld in the pharmaceutical industry is the tubes and pipes used to transport chemicals.
The medical industry specializes in the health of its clients, so it makes sense that a sanitary material would be required in this industry. Typically, sanitary welds are used for surgical tools, medical machinery, and other lab equipment. After being used, the tools and equipment can easily be sanitized to ensure the health of future patients.
Now that you know
what sanitary welding is and what it is used for
, you’ll have a better idea of how the process and material can be used in your industry. For any of your welding needs, come to CMPI. We can provide you with our dimple jacket welding
services and create sanitary welds for use in your equipment.