With so many complex and technical processes within the world of food and beverage production, it is common for sites to expect a complicated answer to questions relating to the roll out or maintenance of equipment.

This can sometimes happen with SegriScreens, with the occasional site worrying about the best cleaning methods and surprised to learn just how simple it is to keep a SegriScreen in prime condition.

If you or anyone at your factory has questions surrounding the cleaning and maintenance of SegriScreens, this guide will tell you everything you need to know. From educating your Hygiene Team to evaluating your approach to storage, you will find all the key information listed below.

1. Carry out regular cleans

When it comes to cleaning your SegriScreens, it’s important that you keep things simple. Every site is different, but no matter what, your hygiene team will need to hose down the SegriScreens after use, removing gross debris and making sure the screens are clean enough to pass a visual check. Frequency is key, so it’s important that these cleans are carried out on a regular basis. If a particularly messy spill or splatter occurs, your hygiene team may decide to carry out a deep clean. In this instance, they will have the option of dismantling the screens in just a few simple steps and this will allow them to reach between the metal brackets.

2. Assess your approach to storage

The next step is to ensure your SegriScreens are stored correctly. Otherwise your hygiene team could be going to great lengths to clean the screens, only for them to be damaged and dirtied between production runs. Our SegriScreens have been designed to save you space, nesting together when they are not in use. Nesting will also offer a certain amount of protection, with the inner screens safely enclosed by the outer two. Once the screens have been nested, they need to be stored away from factory footfall. This will reduce the risk of operatives brushing against them or ingredients being spilled in their direction.

Although they need to be out of the way, your SegriScreens should also be easily accessible to your operatives. This will not only speed up the process of the screens being set up, but will also eliminate the risks posed by the screens being led through different areas of your factory – exposed to different environments, ingredients, and operatives.

3. Check the hooks, bolts, brackets & wheels

Another important step is to check the fixing points on your SegriScreens. In order for your SegriScreen to be working effectively, a hook needs to be running through every eyelet, adjusted to the correct tension. The corner brackets also need to be nice and tight, holding the material of the screen in place and preventing it from flapping about. If your hygiene team notices any dirt or debris on these fixings, a small detail brush will help them to remove it without the hassle of dismantling the screen. If these areas aren’t already listed on your Cleaning Instruction Cards, now is the time to make this addition.

4. Educate & inspire your operatives

As with any equipment, the lifespan of your SegriScreens will be impacted by the mindset of your operatives. Therefore, it is important that you consider the training and resources currently available at your site.

Does your team know what a correctly assembled, suitably clean SegriScreen looks like?

You can make sure they do with help from Visual Management tools, such as a board that features step-by-step instructions and images of the cleaning process. As mentioned above, Cleaning Instruction Cards will also play an important role, so make sure they are up to date and populated with lots of helpful pictures.

Another idea is to make individual operatives responsible for the care of your SegriScreens. Can you think of a team member who is particularly interested in this segregation solution? If not, this could be a great opportunity to motivate your workers – raising someone up to become the SegriScreen expert of their department.

Finally, you should highlight the ‘why?’ behind what you are asking your team to do. After all, SegriScreens can reduce downtime, making life easier for hygiene and production teams alike. They can also help to prevent cross contamination, something that is vital for allergen control and could literally be a matter of life and death.

5. Follow up with regular inspections

Finally, you should carry out routine inspections of your SegriScreens to confirm they are in good working order and are being cleaned correctly. If you start to notice any wear and tear, you can take preventative action, carrying out a root cause analysis to work out who is damaging the screen and why they are being handled incorrectly. If something serious occurs and your SegriScreen is compromised, it is worth noting that the PVC screen material is sold separately and can be despatched to your site on the same day as purchase. If necessary, you can even arrange for a replacement of the metal frame and wheels.

That brings us to the end of our guide to cleaning and maintaining the SegriScreens at your factory. As you can see, it is a simple process that shouldn’t be overcomplicated. Using cleaning utensils that you are likely to already have on site, you can keep this segregation solution in good working order, ensuring it is an asset to your operation and a means of impressing any customers or inspectors. 

Here at Klipspringer, we supply SegriScreens to leading brands such as Morrisons, Cranswick, Bakkavor, Greencore, and Greggs. If you would like any help with introducing this solution to your site or would appreciate further guidance on caring for your screens, you can contact us on 01473 461800 or sales@klipspringer.com. Alternatively, you can fill out the contact form below and one of our friendly team members will be in touch. 

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