The Hygienic Design Day, held on July 4, 2019 at the DriveAcademy in Bruchsal, focused on precisely these issues. The participating companies and sponsors set up the mini trade fair in the foyer of the DriveAcademy in advance, on the afternoon of July 3. On the day itself, Messrs. Fesing and Peters welcomed everyone to the event, followed by a presentation from Christian Hornung called "Software meets hygienic design", in which he explained how software influences processes and motion sequences in machines. Further interesting talks – from Mr. Barnickel, Mr. Doebler and Dr. Cord – and the accompanying mini trade fair with twelve exhibitors offered participants the chance to find out about the latest technologies and requirements presented by mechanical engineers and end customers. The event continued with lengthy discussions that ran well into the afternoon before drawing to a close.
Clean production conditions are always important. During the manufacture of foodstuffs or pharmaceutical products, maintaining high hygiene standards is paramount. It is therefore extremely important to design the hardware and software used in processes, systems and machines with hygiene firmly in mind – preferably to prevent contamination from happening in the first place, or at least making them easy to clean.