Patrick Sassmann, Head of Sales
The food and beverages industry is one of the most regulated sectors in the world, and not without reason. According to EU’s occupational safety and health administration (OSHA), the industry accounts for almost 24 percent of all manufacturing-related injuries. With heavy machinery like slicers, grinders, and cutters occupying the work-floor of food processing facilities, worker injuries are all too common. Most of the time, the reason can be as simple as poor lighting. Machines situated in poorly lit areas of the facility are undeniable health hazards, and are likely to cause unforeseen accidents. Hence, it is imperative that food processing stakeholders take proactive measures to provide appropriate lighting that can illuminate the workplace uniformly, particularly to emphasise the high-risk areas within the facility.
However, for most commercial facilities, implementing appropriate and compliant lighting is nothing less of a struggle. The reason being the strict regulatory requirements and extreme environments within food processing facilities, which discourages a lot of lighting providers from investing their resources in the food and beverage sector. However, not for all. Addressing challenging tasks like this is what LED2WORK—a leading designer and manufacturer of LED luminaires—strives for! The company has over 14 years of experience in the world of LED luminaires, with a robust portfolio that covers workplace, machine, industrial, and signal lighting. Leveraging this know-how, LED2WORK is increasingly stepping forward to help clients across the food and beverage industry with its array of robust LED solutions.
LED2WORK’s entry into the food and beverage sector was sparked by a customer’s longstanding lighting challenge.
“We were approached by an engineer from the packaging industry seeking adequate luminaires for their facility,” says Patrick Sassmann, head of sales at LED2WORK. The engineer needed luminaires manufactured using specific materials (high-quality stainless steel), which conformed to the strict compliance requirements by organisations like the U.S. food and drug administration (FDA). LED2WORK—with its own design department and long-term knowledge in this sector—was able to meet the requirements of the engineers within a rather short period of time. The company helped the engineers equip their packaging facility with luminaires for standard white light for the machines and illumination of their automation lines with signal lighting. Since then, LED2WORK has been revolutionising the lighting standards for clients within the food and beverage sector.
The Evolution of Lighting in Food Processing
“Not long ago, the only illumination in food processing industries came from the conventional lighting fixtures on the ceiling,” mentions Sassmann. However, the importance of appropriate lighting has taken the front stage today. Safety and compliance are two of the most crucial factors prompting the food processing sector to choose safe luminaires that ensure a contamination-free environment. Simultaneously, facilities are also focusing on the integration of certified illumination for their machines to provide greater visibility, hence, worker safety.
LED2WORK is a leading designer and manufacturer of LED luminaires for the food and beverage industry.
But for LED2WORK, it is not just about keeping pace with the latest trends but also pioneering more sustainable and cost-effective lighting solutions. This can be exemplified by some of its market-leading light fixtures, particularly the INROLED_25 and INROLED_50 Ecolab, along with TOPLED V4A and SPOTLED II V4A. These products with chemical-resistant polycarbonate housing or stainless-steel bodies are specifically designed for the food and beverage sector. The longevity and durability of these features translate into greater cost-effectiveness for clients, as they don’t have to replace their luminaires in stated intervals. All of LED2WORK’s luminaires are guaranteed to last for over 60,000 hours. More notably, with the high protection class of IP69K, the luminaries are not only able to withstand high mechanical stress but can also function at extreme temperatures (-30 degrees Celsius to +70 degrees Celsius). These attributes are a clear testament to the company’s product quality standards. Such robust and intuitive features delivered by LED2WORK never fail to impress its clients.
So much so, the company is currently witnessing unprecedented turnover, as an increasing number of unserved customers in the food processing industry are turning to LED2WORK. As the company continues to grow, there is no doubt that it will incite greater innovation in the illumination industry.