Festo’s pneumatic and electric products are compliant with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) guidelines on safely processing, holding and packaging food.

It is vital that compressed air intended for direct contact with food and used at the end of the packaging line is filtered as clean as possible. For this reason, air filtration efficiency of 99.999% is the first line of defense for maintaining food safety.

For ensuring that clean air is utilized on a machine, Festo offers pre-configured MS-Series compressed air preparation units (in photo). MS-Series units meet or exceed the Safe Quality Food (SQF) recommendation for 99.999% efficiency and a final filtration stage of 0.01 micron. Air quality of 1:4:2 or better can be achieved in accordance to the ISO 8573-1:2010 standard.

Festo's MPA-C valve terminal is rated IP69K and can be mounted directly on a machine. It's designed for harsh washdown environments and its rounded contour ensures cleanability.

Like the MPA-C, the stainless steel CRDSNU cylinder meets current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) for cleanability. There are no threads on the CRDSNU bearing cap to trap contaminants. Its self-adjusting end-position cushioning system does not contain contaminant susceptible adjusting screws. The actuator also utilizes NSF-H1 grease and FDA approved seals.

Festo features clean-design fittings and a range of FDA compliant tubing that resists hydrolysis, cracking and wear in harsh washdown environments.