Optimise safety

Optimise safety

Woodlands Dairy, one of South Africa’s largest manufacturers of UHT milk under its First Choice brand, needed a quality pipe marking and identification solution that would not fade when exposed to heat, cold, and liquids. Above all, the solution had to be free of any toxins and fully comply with food safety legislation.

“Brady visited Woodlands Dairy several times to meet with senior management on how identification solutions could optimise food and workplace safety, as well as operational efficiency,” says Christophe Nelissen, Brady Corporation’s Middle East and Southern Africa regional manager.

Pipe marking was earmarked as essential for workplace safety because of its ability to quickly indicate any risks associated with a pipe’s hidden contents. “We proposed our custom-developed pipe-marking materials for the food and beverage industries, which comply with hygiene and safety requirements in food safety legislation,” he explains.

“These are made out of non-toxic materials that stay firmly attached to pipes that are exposed to heat, cold, and liquids. Their print and colour code immediately informs employees about potential risks where it matters. For example, markings may urge workers to wear the proper protection and to take relevant precautions before opening a particular valve.”

Additionally, Woodlands Dairy decided to implement floor markings in a section of the site that was being updated. “Floor marking helps create a highly visual workplace, which offers increased efficiency and safety,” Nelissen points out. Brady offered its highly reliable ToughStripe floor marking tape: “The tape can resist heavy foot and light vehicle traffic, does not need time to dry, and – unlike paint – does not release any chemicals or fumes that could threaten food production,” he continues.

Woodlands Dairy also uses compact, handheld BMP21-Plus label printers from Brady to support ongoing safety and efficiency identification in the facility, as Nelissen explains: “The BMP21-Plus is ideal for cable and component identification, including switches and fuses in electrical panels. A clear, reliable label quickly shows which circuit each fuse controls, leaving little room for error.”

Brady selected B-595 vinyl labels together with Woodlands Dairy. “B-595 is a great all-round identification label with good adhesion to steel, powder coated metal, textured surfaces, polypropylene, and glass,” he says. “Exposed cables are identified with stainless steel tags and cable ties for ultra-longevity and additional food safety. Stainless steel tags that would get into any food supply are easily picked up by metal detectors.

“Woodlands Dairy has optimised food and workplace safety, as well as efficiency, by sharing vital information where it matters with clear and reliable signs, labels, and pipe markers,” Nelissen emphasises.

Theo Oosthuizen, senior technician at Woodlands Dairy, is thrilled with the facility’s new markings and labelling: “This is a really good product. We have used other pipe markings in the past, but inevitably they faded. I would definitely recommend using Brady products again in the future.”

Download Brady’s pipe marking guide book here.

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