phibo industries

The SUBLIMOTION-process is a sustainable process to achieve permanently optimally cleanable, hygienic food contact surfaces that are on top of that in conformity with law and regulations. Phibo Industries manufactures, sells and fully equips and supports their clients with the SUBLIMOTION-Process® technology (machinery, equipment, consumables, scientific and process support etc), so these clients are able to treat (guaranteed, hygienic and legally compliant conditioning and finishing) components and constructions with the SUBLIMOTION-process® themselves, at their own production site(s), in a reliable, reproducible way on an industrial scale.

The SUBLIMOTION-process® itself is a 100% unique and by Phibo Industries patented process which results in a surface with unique features in terms of optimal hygienic characteristics, corrosion resistance and many other properties, all scientifically backed up and proven by independent internationally renowned institutes through standardized and harmonized testing and quantification procedures. The process was in-house developed at Phibo Industries with the main focus on the food, pharmaceutical, medical, cosmetic and other critical industries where these hygienic, cleanability, low adhesion, corrosion resistance and technical characteristics offer added value.

In short, the SUBLIMOTION-process® is (more than) a fully-fledged alternative to classic stainless steel finishing methods. In fact, during this one-step process the surface is not only cleaned in one operation, but also simultaneously and permanently conditioned on the microscopic (and microbial) level. As a result, the SUBLIMOTION-process® brings important added value to the hygienic improvement of the industry and safety - for the producer as well as for the end-consumer - thanks to this optimized and unique SUBLIMOTION-surface with numerous exceptional benefits:

  • Unique improved surface topography
  • Exceptional corrosion resistance
  • Minimal dirt adhesion
  • Optimal hygienic and cleanability properties
  • High-end finishing with proven added value
  • Validated and certified finishing with assured quality
  • No chemically contaminated surface
  • Controlled surface peening
  • Microscopically closed surface without porosities
  • Hydrophobic surface properties
  • Compliance with laws and regulations on materials and articles intended to come into contact with foodstuffs (see below)

Thanks to the controlled, specific combination of a large number of different aspects, it can and may be said (and can be demonstrated by means of certificates and declarations of conformity) that stainless steel surfaces finished with the unique SUBLIMOTION process® completely comply with legislation and regulations on materials and articles intended to come into contact with foodstuffs, and in particular with:

  • EHEDG (European Hygienic Engineering and Design Group) Guidelines concerning the Criteria for Hygienic Design + Suitability for "wet-in-place cleaning or closed equipment, without dismantling" (= Type EL Class I) according to EHEDG
  • Machinery directive 2006/42/EC
  • Regulation (EC) 1935/2004: On materials and objects that come into contact with food
  • Good Manufacturing Practice Regulation (EC) 2023/2006 of 22 December 2006
  • EN 1672-2:2005 + A1:2009: Food processing machinery / Basic General Rules / Part 2: Hygienic requirements
  • EN ISO 14159:2008: Machinery safety - Hygienic requirements for the design of machinery (ISO 14159:2002)

Finally, the European patented SUBLIMOTION-process® is also safe and ecological. It is based on sustainable technology that focuses on minimal impact on the environment, while delivering maximum added value. Thanks to these qualities, the process was even nominated by the European Commission as a finalist for the European Business Award for the Environment!

It is as well the uniqueness of the process and the surface created, as well as the compliance with laws and regulations, the sound scientific research and evidence and the safe and ecological aspect of the total SUBLIMOTION concept that leads to the recognition that the SUBLIMOTION process ® receives from industry and major international institutions. In the meantime, the SUBLIMOTION finishing has already proven its unique value in many applications, such as in the food, pharmaceutical, medical, cosmetic, chemical, nuclear, cleanroom, aerospace and many other industries.

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