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Introduction

The food and beverage (F&B) industry includes all companies involved in processing raw food materials, as well as those packaging and distributing them. This includes fresh, prepared foods as well as packaged foods, and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

The F&B industry is divided into two major segments, which are the production and the distribution of edible goods. The first group, production, includes the processing of meats and cheeses and the creation of soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, packaged foods, and other modified foods. Any product meant for human consumption, aside from pharmaceuticals, passes through this sector. Production also covers the processing of meats, cheeses and packaged foods, dairy and alcoholic beverages. The production sector excludes foods and fresh produce that are directly produced via farming, as these fall under agriculture.

Global companies operating in F&B include Coca-Cola, Pepsico, Nestle, Danone and Asahi,many of which have manufacturing facilities worldwide to cater for local markets.

Food processing can be further divided into three sub-groups. Primary food processing is the conversion of raw food into commodities, e.g. milling wheat into flour and turning milk to cheese. Secondary food processing turns the ingredients into edibles, e.g. turning wheat into bread. Tertiary food processing is the commercial production of ready-to-eat foods, for example frozen pizza, instant meals, etc.

The manufacture and processing of food and beverages create substantial risks of fire and toxic gas exposure. Many gases are used for baking, processing and refrigerating foods. These gases can be highly hazardous – either toxic, flammable, or both. This application note gives a summary of gas hazards in the F&B industry, and describes Crowcon’s solutions.

Applications

Food Processing
Chemical Disinfection
Food Packaging
Refrigeration Facilities
Brewing and Drinks Industry
Packaging, Transport and Dispensing

Secondary food processing methods involve fermentation, heating, chilling, dehydration or cooking of some kind. This section focuses on secondary food processing, as this is where most of the gas hazards are found.

Many types of commercial food processing involve cooking, especially with industrial steam boilers. Steam boilers are usually gas-fired (natural gas or LPG) or use a combination of gas and fuel oil. For gas-fired steam boilers, natural gas consists mainly of methane (CH4), a highly combustible gas, lighter than air, which is piped directly into boilers.

In contrast, LPG consists mainly of propane (C3H8), and usually requires an on-site fuel storage tank. Whenever flammable gases are used on site, forced mechanical ventilation must be included in storage areas, in case of leakage. Such ventilation is usually triggered by gas detectors that are installed near boilers and in storage rooms.

In addition to safety considerations around handling pressurized equipment, boiler rooms must be protected from fire. OSHA boiler safety guidelines recommend that gas detection systems be implemented for any gas-powered equipment (> 2MW). The system should be designed to trigger alarms and relay contacts if gas hazards are detected.

A gas detection system is required for any gas-powered structure and for underground/basement boiler rooms. This gas detection system will trigger alarms and actuators in case of any gas leak. It will also shut down the gas and power supply, except that required for devices intended to operate in explosive atmospheres, low voltage power and emergency lighting.

Crowcon offers gas detection solutions for flammable hazards and to protect personnel from fire and explosion. Crowcon’s flammable gas detectors are rated for use in hazardous and safe areas, to suit different applications.

Crowcon controllers can be used to trigger audible alarms and visible beacons to alert personnel to a possible gas leak. In addition, output from controllers can be used to alert a central control room or building management system (BMS).

Secondary food processing methods involve fermentation, heating, chilling, dehydration or cooking of some kind. This section focuses on secondary food processing, as this is where most of the gas hazards are found.

Many types of commercial food processing involve cooking, especially with industrial steam boilers. Steam boilers are usually gas-fired (natural gas or LPG) or use a combination of gas and fuel oil. For gas-fired steam boilers, natural gas consists mainly of methane (CH4), a highly combustible gas, lighter than air, which is piped directly into boilers.

In contrast, LPG consists mainly of propane (C3H8), and usually requires an on-site fuel storage tank. Whenever flammable gases are used on site, forced mechanical ventilation must be included in storage areas, in case of leakage. Such ventilation is usually triggered by gas detectors that are installed near boilers and in storage rooms.

In addition to safety considerations around handling pressurized equipment, boiler rooms must be protected from fire. OSHA boiler safety guidelines recommend that gas detection systems be implemented for any gas-powered equipment (> 2MW). The system should be designed to trigger alarms and relay contacts if gas hazards are detected.

A gas detection system is required for any gas-powered structure and for underground/basement boiler rooms. This gas detection system will trigger alarms and actuators in case of any gas leak. It will also shut down the gas and power supply, except that required for devices intended to operate in explosive atmospheres, low voltage power and emergency lighting.

Crowcon offers gas detection solutions for flammable hazards and to protect personnel from fire and explosion. Crowcon’s flammable gas detectors are rated for use in hazardous and safe areas, to suit different applications.

Crowcon controllers can be used to trigger audible alarms and visible beacons to alert personnel to a possible gas leak. In addition, output from controllers can be used to alert a central control room or building management system (BMS).

Secondary food processing methods involve fermentation, heating, chilling, dehydration or cooking of some kind. This section focuses on secondary food processing, as this is where most of the gas hazards are found.

Many types of commercial food processing involve cooking, especially with industrial steam boilers. Steam boilers are usually gas-fired (natural gas or LPG) or use a combination of gas and fuel oil. For gas-fired steam boilers, natural gas consists mainly of methane (CH4), a highly combustible gas, lighter than air, which is piped directly into boilers.

In contrast, LPG consists mainly of propane (C3H8), and usually requires an on-site fuel storage tank. Whenever flammable gases are used on site, forced mechanical ventilation must be included in storage areas, in case of leakage. Such ventilation is usually triggered by gas detectors that are installed near boilers and in storage rooms.

In addition to safety considerations around handling pressurized equipment, boiler rooms must be protected from fire. OSHA boiler safety guidelines recommend that gas detection systems be implemented for any gas-powered equipment (> 2MW). The system should be designed to trigger alarms and relay contacts if gas hazards are detected.

A gas detection system is required for any gas-powered structure and for underground/basement boiler rooms. This gas detection system will trigger alarms and actuators in case of any gas leak. It will also shut down the gas and power supply, except that required for devices intended to operate in explosive atmospheres, low voltage power and emergency lighting.

Crowcon offers gas detection solutions for flammable hazards and to protect personnel from fire and explosion. Crowcon’s flammable gas detectors are rated for use in hazardous and safe areas, to suit different applications.

Crowcon controllers can be used to trigger audible alarms and visible beacons to alert personnel to a possible gas leak. In addition, output from controllers can be used to alert a central control room or building management system (BMS).

Secondary food processing methods involve fermentation, heating, chilling, dehydration or cooking of some kind. This section focuses on secondary food processing, as this is where most of the gas hazards are found.

Many types of commercial food processing involve cooking, especially with industrial steam boilers. Steam boilers are usually gas-fired (natural gas or LPG) or use a combination of gas and fuel oil. For gas-fired steam boilers, natural gas consists mainly of methane (CH4), a highly combustible gas, lighter than air, which is piped directly into boilers.

In contrast, LPG consists mainly of propane (C3H8), and usually requires an on-site fuel storage tank. Whenever flammable gases are used on site, forced mechanical ventilation must be included in storage areas, in case of leakage. Such ventilation is usually triggered by gas detectors that are installed near boilers and in storage rooms.

In addition to safety considerations around handling pressurized equipment, boiler rooms must be protected from fire. OSHA boiler safety guidelines recommend that gas detection systems be implemented for any gas-powered equipment (> 2MW). The system should be designed to trigger alarms and relay contacts if gas hazards are detected.

A gas detection system is required for any gas-powered structure and for underground/basement boiler rooms. This gas detection system will trigger alarms and actuators in case of any gas leak. It will also shut down the gas and power supply, except that required for devices intended to operate in explosive atmospheres, low voltage power and emergency lighting.

Crowcon offers gas detection solutions for flammable hazards and to protect personnel from fire and explosion. Crowcon’s flammable gas detectors are rated for use in hazardous and safe areas, to suit different applications.

Crowcon controllers can be used to trigger audible alarms and visible beacons to alert personnel to a possible gas leak. In addition, output from controllers can be used to alert a central control room or building management system (BMS).

Secondary food processing methods involve fermentation, heating, chilling, dehydration or cooking of some kind. This section focuses on secondary food processing, as this is where most of the gas hazards are found.

Many types of commercial food processing involve cooking, especially with industrial steam boilers. Steam boilers are usually gas-fired (natural gas or LPG) or use a combination of gas and fuel oil. For gas-fired steam boilers, natural gas consists mainly of methane (CH4), a highly combustible gas, lighter than air, which is piped directly into boilers.

In contrast, LPG consists mainly of propane (C3H8), and usually requires an on-site fuel storage tank. Whenever flammable gases are used on site, forced mechanical ventilation must be included in storage areas, in case of leakage. Such ventilation is usually triggered by gas detectors that are installed near boilers and in storage rooms.

In addition to safety considerations around handling pressurized equipment, boiler rooms must be protected from fire. OSHA boiler safety guidelines recommend that gas detection systems be implemented for any gas-powered equipment (> 2MW). The system should be designed to trigger alarms and relay contacts if gas hazards are detected.

A gas detection system is required for any gas-powered structure and for underground/basement boiler rooms. This gas detection system will trigger alarms and actuators in case of any gas leak. It will also shut down the gas and power supply, except that required for devices intended to operate in explosive atmospheres, low voltage power and emergency lighting.

Crowcon offers gas detection solutions for flammable hazards and to protect personnel from fire and explosion. Crowcon’s flammable gas detectors are rated for use in hazardous and safe areas, to suit different applications.

Crowcon controllers can be used to trigger audible alarms and visible beacons to alert personnel to a possible gas leak. In addition, output from controllers can be used to alert a central control room or building management system (BMS).

Secondary food processing methods involve fermentation, heating, chilling, dehydration or cooking of some kind. This section focuses on secondary food processing, as this is where most of the gas hazards are found.

Many types of commercial food processing involve cooking, especially with industrial steam boilers. Steam boilers are usually gas-fired (natural gas or LPG) or use a combination of gas and fuel oil. For gas-fired steam boilers, natural gas consists mainly of methane (CH4), a highly combustible gas, lighter than air, which is piped directly into boilers.

In contrast, LPG consists mainly of propane (C3H8), and usually requires an on-site fuel storage tank. Whenever flammable gases are used on site, forced mechanical ventilation must be included in storage areas, in case of leakage. Such ventilation is usually triggered by gas detectors that are installed near boilers and in storage rooms.

In addition to safety considerations around handling pressurized equipment, boiler rooms must be protected from fire. OSHA boiler safety guidelines recommend that gas detection systems be implemented for any gas-powered equipment (> 2MW). The system should be designed to trigger alarms and relay contacts if gas hazards are detected.

A gas detection system is required for any gas-powered structure and for underground/basement boiler rooms. This gas detection system will trigger alarms and actuators in case of any gas leak. It will also shut down the gas and power supply, except that required for devices intended to operate in explosive atmospheres, low voltage power and emergency lighting.

Crowcon offers gas detection solutions for flammable hazards and to protect personnel from fire and explosion. Crowcon’s flammable gas detectors are rated for use in hazardous and safe areas, to suit different applications.

Crowcon controllers can be used to trigger audible alarms and visible beacons to alert personnel to a possible gas leak. In addition, output from controllers can be used to alert a central control room or building management system (BMS).

Products for Food and Beverage Industry

Portable Monitors
T4

Portable 4-in-1 gas detector

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Gas Pro

A multi gas detector offering 5 gas support as well as a dedicated pre-entry check mode and optional pump feature

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Gasman

A compact and fully ruggedised single gas detector for the toughest of industrial environments

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Fixed Monitors
Xgard

Fixed multi gas detector

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Xgard Bright

Addressable fixed head detector with OLED display. Now available with MPS technology

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Vortex

Our most flexible gas controller package

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Addressable Controllers

Local non-intrusive operation & display with simultaneous live reading display and alarm functions via colour LCD display.

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