Pasta manufacturing equipment: the essential accessories for a professional laboratory

Short guide to buying indispensable pasta manufacturing equipment

Tuesday 26 September 2023

When it comes to pasta factories, the focus is often on production methods and the use of quality ingredients. However, a fundamental aspect to obtain high quality products is that of equipment, which must be chosen with care, taking into account the characteristics of each product and the specific needs of each activity. Choosing equipment for pasta factories of good quality, safe and certified for contact with food can make the difference between an average efficient pasta factory and a highly productive one, which can be able to offer products that meet high production standards. 

But what are, specifically, the plastic equipment essential for a pasta factory? And how to choose them? Let’s see together all the aspects to consider to buy the most suitable equipment for pasta factories and all the advantages that their use can bring to set up a complete and professional laboratory.

Advantages of plastic equipment for pasta factories

The use of plastic equipment in pasta factories is a choice that brings with it a number of often underestimated advantages. Compared to other materials, in fact, plastics offer a unique mix of lightness and resistance, without forgetting hygiene and ease of cleaning. Let’s see in detail what are the main advantages of the plastic equipment for pasta factories:  

  • lightness and maneuverability: plastic is a material considerably lighter than metals such as steel or aluminum. This makes plastic equipment easier to move and move, a vital feature in an environment where efficiency is crucial to optimize production;
  • good resistance to corrosion and temperature changes: unlike other materials, plastic does not corrode easily and ensures high strength. It also tolerates temperature changes well, which makes it ideal for food production processes and, in particular, for the production of pasta; 
  • hygiene and easy cleaning: plastic offers smooth, non-porous surfaces that are easier to clean and sterilize. This significantly reduces the risk of contamination and the formation of bacteria, a key factor in the food industry; 
  • durability: plastic is a very durable material, which can last for years if maintained correctly, making the equipment a lasting investment in time; 

In general, the use of plastic equipment within a pasta factory can have a positive impact on various operational aspects, from efficiency to production optimization, through safety and hygiene. Choosing certified plastic equipment for safe and high quality food - such as those proposed by IFT - is therefore essential for the success of the final product. 

Fundamental aspects for the choice of pasta manufacturing equipment

Selecting the most suitable equipment is a crucial step for the success of any pasta factory. Before you make a purchase, you’ll need to consider several things, including:

  • the type of plastic: not all plastics are equal. It is essential to choose materials suitable for contact with food, such as polypropylene or high-density polyethylene, which are known for their strength and safety; 
  • certifications: make sure that the plastic equipment you intend to buy complies with the hygiene and health standards and current regulations of the food industry. All products proposed by IFT are suitable for food contact and manufactured in full compliance with the national ministerial decree of 21/03/1973 and the EC directives on contact with food (EC Regulation 10/2011, EC Regulation 1935/2004 and 2023/2006, EC Directive 19/2007 and EC Directive 2002/1972); 
  • easy cleaning and maintenance: the surfaces of the plastic equipment should be smooth and porosity-free to facilitate cleaning and ensure hygiene. This is essential to minimize the risk of food contamination; 
  • strength and durability: in addition to corrosion resistance and temperature changes, it evaluates the mechanical strength of the equipment. In an intensive working environment such as a pasta factory, robustness is a key factor; 
  • versatility and modularity: a good set of equipment should be easily integrated with other tools or machinery already in use. Versatility and compatibility with other equipment will allow you to adapt them to different uses and easily expand your business without having to buy additional tools; 
  • aesthetics and design: although it may seem a secondary factor, the appearance of the equipment can have an impact on the perception of your business. Then try to choose equipment with a nice design and in tune with the image you want to project. 

Each pasta factory has specific needs, but taking into account these factors in the choice of plastic equipment you can make an informed and advantageous purchase for any type of laboratory or activity.

What plastic equipment is essential for a pasta factory?

Each type of pasta can require specific production processes and tools to be made at best. However, there are some types of plastic equipment indispensable in any pasta factory or craft laboratory, useful to facilitate not only the production, but also the storage, handling and transport of products within the factories. Among these there are definitely: 

  • drying rack for food, specifically designed for drying the pasta (even fresh) and to ensure perfect hygiene and excellent air circulation. Thanks to its particular structure, it ensures perfect mechanical rigidity, eliminates the possible presence of wood particles or traces of aluminum in the product and does not release splinters during handling. In addition, it does not burn at the exit of static dryers and has a perfectly smooth surface, both above and below, so as not to mark the hands of operators during manual handling. To further facilitate use and handling, the frame is designed to be stackable, interchangeable and compatible with other wooden and aluminum frames; 
  • holed boards of different sizes for the storage of products on shelves of different types, designed to ensure perfect breathability thanks to the holes on the surface. Their particular structure makes them resistant and comfortable for any manual movements. Made entirely of food-grade polypropylene, they ensure a high level of hygiene and can be easily washed and sanitized after use; 
  • plastic food trays useful for drying pasta and designed to facilitate the production processes and the handling of products within the stacking and de-moulding of frames. IFT trays are easily stackable on top of each other, so they can be quickly moved and removed from the stack during different processing steps. Lightweight and durable, they ensure perfect hygiene and compliance with precise safety standards, to ensure the production of the highest quality finished products. 

For more information on the plastic equipment for pasta factories proposed by IFT, do not hesitate to contact us!