September 14, 2009
Seal Of Quality For Hygienic Equipment
The processing and packaging of food is governed by very strict hygiene rules. Researchers are now testing production equipment for cleanroom suitability and are listing qualified products in an online database.
Before entering the cleanroom, the researcher dons special protective clothing to avoid carrying germs or other impurities into the highly sensitive environment. But it's not only people who have to conform to the strict hygiene requirements. Every item of equipment in the room, from lithography units to swivel chairs, must also comply with international guidelines.
A certificate is issued for products that meet all the relevant criteria. The "Fraunhofer IPA TESTED DEVICE" is recognized as a reliable seal of quality in industrial circles. The Stuttgart-based institute publishes a list of certified products in an openly accessible online database. It is up to the customers themselves to decide whether and to what extent the test results for their products are disclosed. Keller sees benefits for both sides: "Potential buyers can easily search for suitable products, and for manufacturers the listing in the database is a good reference that they can use in their advertising." The database www.tested-device.com already contains over 600 products.
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