• Aseptic Process

      Aseptischer Prozess (german)
      Process Aseptique (french)

      From the Greek, meaning "uncontaminated". An aseptic process which produces a shelf stable product free from microbial contamination to allow distribution without any further usage of chemical preservatives.

      Aseptic Terminology



    • Cleaning

      Reinigung (german)
      Nettoyage (french)

      Removal of macroscopically identifiable contamination such as food residues, deposits, dust, etc. Proper cleaning eliminates the nutritive medium for microorganisms and is a prerequisite for proper disinfection or sterilization.

      Aseptic Terminology

    • Commercial Sterility

      Kommerzielle Sterilität (german)
      Stérilité Commerciale (french)

      Commercial sterility of equipment and containers used for aseptic processing and packaging of food means the condition achieved by application of heat, chemical sterilant(s), or other appropriate treatment that renders the equipment and containers free of viable microorganisms capable of reproducing in the food under normal nonrefrigerated conditions of storage and distribution. (source: FDA)

      Aseptic Terminology

    • Contamination

      Kontamination (german)
      Contamination (french)

      Product, media, or surfaces are contaminated if contaminants (including microbes) can be identified on or in them. The term contamination describes the addition of contaminants.

      Aseptic Terminology


    • Design Speed

      Nennausbringung (german)
      Cadence nominale (french)

      Is the line speed, according to the test operation conditions (product, container size, temperature, etc.) that is specified in the sales contract between the Buyer and the Supplier.

      Acceptance test for standalone equipment

    • Disinfection

      Desinfektion (german)
      Désinfection (french)

      Inactivation of all pathogenic and product-damaging microbes to a level that complies with the respective hygiene requirements.

      Aseptic Terminology



    • Germ

      Keim (german)
      Germe (french)

      Germs are microorganisms and their spores that can multiply under the current, unchanged conditions (i.e. "germinate").

      Aseptic Terminology

    • Germ-free

      Keimfrei (german)
      Absence de Tout Germe (french)

      A product is germ-free, if it does not contain any microorganisms that are viable in the respective product (also, beverage-sterile, commercially sterile).

      Aseptic Terminology

    • Gross Time

      Allgemeine Laufzeit (german)
      Temps Requis (french)

      Is the sum of the Running Time and the Own down times.

      Acceptance test for standalone equipment


    • Leading Machine

      Leitmaschine (german)
      Machine Critique (french)

      Is the slower machine from a line in a given environment (container and packaging size, product flow, etc…)

      Acceptance Test for a complete line

    • Line Efficiency

      Liefergrad der Anlage (german)
      Efficacité de la ligne (french)

      The ratio of the effective speed divided by the design speed. It is the percentage or real production compared to the sold line production potential. It is therefore the measurement of the achievement of the contract between the Buyer and the Supplier.
      λ = Qeff/Qn

      Acceptance Test for a complete line

    • Line own down times

      Anlagebedingte Störzeiten (german)
      Arrêts propres (french)

      Sum of the time periods when the leading machine is not producing due to a failure of itself or of one of the equipment belonging to the line and part of the Supplier scope.

      Acceptance Test for a complete line

    • Line Reliabilty

      Wirkungsgrad der Anlage (german)
      Fiabilité de la ligne (french)

      The ratio of the effective speed to the set speed. It is the percentage of real production compared to the real line production potential. It is the measurement of the impact of the own failures of the sold equipment on the production.
      η = Qeff/Qest

      Acceptance Test for a complete line


    • Maximum Speed

      Maximale Ausbringung (german)
      Cadence maximale (french)

      It is the highest speed of the equipment in its production environment as committed in the sales contract.

      Acceptance test for standalone equipment

    • Microbiological Contaminants

      Mikrobiologische Kontamination (german)
      Contamination Microbiologique (french)

      Contaminants are defined as microbes present at a particular location or within a medium where they are undesired at a particular time.

      Aseptic Terminology

    • Microbiological Spoilage

      Mikrobiologischer Verderb (german)
      Détérioration Microbiologique (french)

      Sum of negative, visually and sensorially identifiable changes in food, caused by multiplication of microorganisms and their metabolic activity.

      Aseptic Terminology

    • Microorganisms

      Mikroorganismen (german)
      Micro-organisme (french)

      here: independently viable organisms that can be classified in the following three groups: bacteria, moulds, yeasts.

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    • Pasteurization

      Pasteurisierung (german)
      Pasteurisation (french)

      The act or process of heating a beverage moderately to a specific temperature for a specific period of time in order to kill microorganisms that could cause disease, spoilage, or undesired fermentation.

      Aseptic Terminology

    • Planed Downtimes

      Nebenzeiten (german)
      Arrêts planifiés (french)

      This is the sum of downtime that are planned during the test period for:

      • Maintenance
      • Cleaning
      • Change-over
      • Breaks
      • Line Priming and emptying

      Acceptance Test for a complete line

    • Production time / test period

      Betriebszeit / Versuchszeit (german)
      Temps de service / Durée du test (french)

      Is the time during which the machine is supposed to produce according to the production plan and the agreed test period. Priming and emptying periods of the machine must no be part of the test period.

      Acceptance test for standalone equipment


    • Recovery Rate

      The recovery rate has regard to methodical errors and indicates the mean value of microorganisms of the applied initial load which can be recovered in those packages which didn‘t get any sterilization treatment.

      Aseptic Terminology


    • Safety

      Safety (german)
      Sûreté (french)

      Operating safety means trouble-free and reliable operation of a machine or line.

      Safety and Security

    • Security

      Security (german)
      Sécurité (french)

      Security means the measures that need to be taken (by industry and customer) to guarantee maximum security of the operating/maintenance staff.

      Safety and Security

    • Set Speed

      Einstellausbringung (german)
      Cadence réelle (french)

      Is the real amount of products produced during a time unit of trouble free function of the leading machine.

      Acceptance Test for a complete line

    • Sterile

      Steril (german)
      Stérilité (french)

      Products, media, or surfaces are sterile if no viable microorganisms can be identified.

      Aseptic Terminology

    • Sterilization

      Sterilisation (german)
      Stérilisation (french)

      Destruction or removal of microorganisms, including bacterial spores, present in food products or on surfaces.

      Aseptic Terminology

    • Supplier

      Lieferant (german)
      Fournisseur (french)

      We mean by Supplier, the organization that has designed, supplied and installed the line.

      Acceptance test for standalone equipment