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ACO gratings, selecting the right load class

NEWS / 16 / 7 / 2018

The grating itself is the most exposed part of gully or channel in regards to traffic. To minimize the risk of failures, a proper grating type and load class have to be considered based on the defined traffic during all future operations.

Product Launch 2018

NEWS / 26 / 4 / 2018

In May 2018, ACO is introducing an extension of its hygienic product portfolio. Starting with the new product group of hygienic wall protection, through the unique frameless ladder grating to the extensions of well-established products, ACO will help you to tackle further drainage specification challenges you face in 2018.

R&D, Drainage specification & The future of drainage

NEWS / 10 / 4 / 2018

In our latest interview we talk with Daniel Paulus, Head of Product Portfolio Management at ACO Industries, who explains why ACO is so committed to R&D, and why taking an evidence-led approach to product development and specification is so important for the business and its customers.

The HygieneFirst Series - Blog #1

NEWS / 12 / 3 / 2018

At ACO we are committed to helping the food and beverage drinks industry put HygieneFirst. We have extensive experience of working with leading manufacturers and last year alone conducted numerous drainage system assessments with some of world’s largest food and beverage companies. This blog is the first of a series of articles we’re drafting to highlight some of the common issues faced when it comes to optimising drainage performance and to share our best practice solutions to them.

The Secret of our Success

NEWS / 22 / 2 / 2018

As ACO Industries celebrates its 25th year in Pribyslav in the Czech Republic, we look at why the business has become a leading drainage provider.

Hygienic Drainage - How to reduce the microbiological challenge

NEWS / 31 / 10 / 2017

Join Diversey and ACO in a 60 minute online webinar.

Drainage represent a favorable environment for microbial growth, especially in food preparation areas, where food, moisture and mild temperatures are readily available for their growth and multiplication.

Floor-drainage connection: What the latest research tells us

NEWS / 28 / 08 / 2017

Reflecting its commitment to putting HygieneFirst, ACO joined forces with leading flooring manufacturer Sika to conduct research into floor-drainage connections and the implications for system specification. Here Jakub Konopac of ACO Industrial Drainage gives an overview of the three-year research project and its key findings.

The ´prerequisites´ for high performance drainage

NEWS / 22 / 08 / 2017

Our Head of Key Account Management for Food & Beverage, Brett Ira, provides an overview of the key specification considerations – what ACO call ‘prerequisites’- for the delivery of high performance drainage systems in food and drink manufacturing.

ACO´s commitment to research-led product development

NEWS / 27 / 07 / 2017

ACO invests heavily in ongoing research and development with leading academic experts, end users and suppliers. Here we talk to Segment Development Manager Michal Bačkovský about what drives this ongoing investment and the benefits of it for specifiers and end users.

New connection helps installers to put HygieneFirst

NEWS / 22 / 05 / 2017

ACO has developed a new connection method to enable installers to hygienically weld together six metre sections of drainage channel on site. The new welded connection technique is perfect for use in hygienically sensitive applications including food and drink manufacture.

ACO launches unique extra-deep channel

NEWS / 18 / 05 / 2017

ACO has introduced a hygienically designed extra-deep drainage channel. The new channel design provides extended flow rates and higher retention capacities than existing channel solutions, making it perfect for use in breweries, soft drinks manufacturing facilities and any application which has to process high volumes of water. Available as a bespoke engineered solution , ACO‘s extra-deep channel is available in depths of up to 360mm.

New odour proof gully cover puts HygieneFirst

NEWS / 15 / 05 / 2017

ACO has introduced a new hygienic gully cover, one of several new products being added to its range of hygienically designed drainage. The new cover hermetically separates the floor surface above the gully from the space within it. It has been designed specifically for use in hygienically sensitive aeas where dry processing and controlled wet cleaning take place, and in areas where foul air traps have become dry and so a new form of odour protection is required.

ACO launches new hygienic slot cover

NEWS / 11 / 05 / 2017

ACO has introduced a new slot cover design – one of four new products the company is adding to its range of hygienically designed drainage. The latest addition to the ACO gratings range, delivers multiple operational benefits and is particularly well suited for use in meat processing facilities.

ACO expands its hygienic drainage portfolio

NEWS / 02 / 05 / 2017

ACO has expanded its range of hygienically designed drainage with the introduction of a new slot cover, an odour proof gully cover, an extra deep drainage channel and new connection method to enable installers to hygienically weld together six metre sections of drainage channel on site.

ACO at FCSI EMEA Conference 2017

NEWS / 26 / 04 / 2017

We’re committed to developing market-leading drainage systems that optimise hygienic performance and to collaborating with industry experts to help the food service industry put HygieneFirst

Five fascinating facts about Vienna

EVENTS / 30 / 03 / 2017

Like foodservice consultants across Europe, we’re looking forward to attending the FCSI EAME Conference in Vienna. Here we highlight some of the more unusual facts about this beautiful city.

Dr Mauermann to present at FCSI EAME Conference

EVENTS / 24 / 03 / 2017

EHEDG representative and Deputy Director of Fraunhofer IVV Dresden, Dr. Marc Mauermann is to deliver a one-hour workshop on the benefits of using hygienic design at this year’s FCSI EAME Conference (6 to 9 April).

Market potential in roof drainage and in ACO pipe

NEWS / 17 / 01 / 2017

With a long-standing reputation for developing complex drainage systems for both internal and external applications, ACO now offers a complete roof drainage system.

Welded pipes vs. socketed pipes in case of an earthquake

NEWS / 16 / 01 / 2017

Is there a risk of pipe deterioration during earthquake by transversal forces?

Danish food and drink industry, putting HygieneFirst and key market trends

NEWS / 12 / 12 / 2016

Soren Olsen of ACO Denmark kicks off a series of video interviews we’ve produced to help food and drink manufacturers put HygieneFirst. Here Soren talks about the Danish food and drink industry, putting HygieneFirst and key market trends.

ACO hosts first EHEDG training event in China

NEWS / 12 / 12 / 2016

Representatives of leading drainage company ACO assited to host the first EHEDG training to take place in China. Held at Shanghai Ocean University Food Science & Technology College, the EHEDG training day included sessions from Knuth Lorenzen, Dr.Barry Yang EHEDG Taiwan Section Chairman, Director of Taiwan Food Industry Research and Development Instituteand Mrs. Hui Zhang Unilever, Group Quality Excellence, Hygienic Processing and was co-hosted by the CIFST.

ACO: Hygienic drainage supplier (EHEDG World Congress 2016)

NEWS / 12 / 12 / 2016

We’re committed to developing market-leading drainage systems that optimise hygienic performance and to collaborating with industry experts to help the food and beverage industry put HygieneFirst.

ACO puts Hygiene First at Sika Partners´ Conference

NEWS / 16 / 11 / 2016

Representatives of commercial drainage company ACO were invited to speak at the recent Sika Flooring and Coating Conference for key LATAM business partners which was hosted in Bogota, Columbia.

Fraunhofer cleanability research 2016

NEWS / 27 / 10 / 2016

The research findings of the Fraunhofer Institute IVV Dresden clearly show that the use of ACO’s hygienically designed channel dramatically improves cleanability. Hence, reducing the risk of bacterial contamination and ultimately helping food manufacturing companies and foodservice outlets improve the safety of their facilities and their products.

New research shows hygienic design improves cleanability

NEWS / 24 / 10 / 2016

Leading commercial drainage company ACO and independent research institute Fraunhofer IVV Dresden has announced the findings of a new research study commissioned to evaluate the effect the use of hygienic design has on the spray cleanability of drainage systems.

Five fascinating facts about the Fraunhofer Institute IVV

NEWS / 20 / 10 / 2016

To mark the completion of our latest independent research project into hygienic design and engineering, we give you five fascinating facts about our research partner, The Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging (Fraunhofer IVV).

An interview with FCSI consultant, Mr Cernigoj

NEWS / 15 / 6 / 2016

In our latest blog, we interview FCSI consultant Mr Cernigoj about his role as a foodservice consultant, the importance of drainage and flooring, and his experience of working with ACO.

ACO Thought Leader Feature

OPINION / 30 / 5 / 2016

In the first of our Thought Leader features, Andy Buchan - Divisional Managing Director for UK-based ACO Building Drainage - explains why drainage should be such a key consideration for food and drink manufacturers, and why when it comes to hygiene the detail can make all the difference.

Is your drainage hygienic enough to ensure you have a clean,
hygienic environment?

NEWS / 9 / 3 / 2016

Silvana Chaves of consultancy ‘MC&SC Compartilhar’ gives her views on ACO Brazil’s recent event regarding hygienic drainage and explains how it changed her understanding of what’s required in food processing environments.

Optimising hygienic performance with drainage design II

NEWS / 5 / 2 / 2016

Hygienically designed drainage has an important role to play in optimising hygiene in any food processing environment but how do you ensure it continues to be hygienic and how do you know if it’s performing as well as it should be? In our latest HygieneFirst Showcase article, ACO Key Account Manager, Brett Ira, provides some best practice guidance.

Optimising hygienic performance with drainage design I

NEWS / 5 / 1 / 2016

In our latest HygieneFirst Showcase article our Key Account Manager, Brett Ira, highlights some of the key factors to consider when specifying hygienic drainage for food processing environments.

Student artist wins first ACO scholarship

NEWS / 21 / 12 / 2015

The ACO Christmas card this year features the work of young artist Natálie Sodomková. A student at the School of Art and Graphics in Jihlava in the Czech Republic, Natálie has been awarded the first ACO Scholarship for extraordinarily talented students and will have part of her school fees paid by ACO.

Drainage protection at its best

NEWS / 14 / 12 / 2015

As part of the ongoing development of its HygieneFirst philosophy, ACO has launched a range of ACO protective covers.

ACO China helps finalise creation of EHEDG regional section for China

NEWS / 14 / 12 / 2015

Monica Chen, Divisional Leader of ACO Building Drainage in China, travel to the head office of the European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group (EHEDG) to complete the final steps required for the creation of the new EHEDG regional section in China.

ACO hosted first FCSI & EHEDG meeting

NEWS / 7 / 12 / 2015

Leading drainage specialist ACO hosted the first meeting between the Foodservice Consultants Society International (FCSI) and the European Hygienic Engineering & Design Group (EHEDG) on 7th December (2015). The meeting was held at the ACO Academy Conference Centre at the company’s Rendsburg headquarters.

ACO Spain to speak about hygienic design at Ainia conference

NEWS / 4 / 11 / 2015

Drainage undoubtedly has an important role to play in the safe and efficient operation of a commercial kitchen and yet the benefits good drainage design can bring in relation to cleaning are often overlooked.

ACO plays key role in the creation of new EHEDG regional section

NEWS / 8 / 10 / 2015

Monica Chen, ACO China Building Drainage Division Leader, has been appointed to the Board of the recently created EHEDG regional section for China becoming its first section Secretary.

Cleaning & drainage design: How they help to ensure commercial kitchens always put HygieneFirst

NEWS / 2 / 10 / 2015

Drainage undoubtedly has an important role to play in the safe and efficient operation of a commercial kitchen and yet the benefits good drainage design can bring in relation to cleaning are often overlooked.

Grease separation for the hotel industry

NEWS / 1 / 10 / 2015

Regulations regarding the amount of grease contained in waste water entering the sewer system are often the most common reason why hotels choose to separate fats, oils and grease (FOG) but hoteliers should also be aware that FOG has the potential to cause serious damage to the reputation of the hotel. When solidified grease accumulates over time in pipework, it can flood a hotel’s premises with waste water that has either backed up in a blocked pipe or come from a ruptured pipe as a result of this issue - a costly mishap that can put any hotel out of business for a long period of time.

The FCSI Consultant’s view...

NEWS / 23 / 9 / 2015

FCSI Consultant Duncan Hepburn explains why drainage and flooring have a crucial role to play when it comes to optimising hygiene in a commercial kitchen environment.

Is your drainage fanning the fire?

NEWS / 16 / 9 / 2015

It might not be obvious at first sight but drainage installations in buildings can act as fire channels.

’Get More From Your Floor’

NEWS / 14 / 9 / 2015

ACO hosts educational campaign to help food service industry achieve outstanding hygienic performance with drainage. ACO is to launch its ’Get More From Your Floor’ campaign at this year’s HOST exhibition in Milan. (23th to 27th October 2015)

Why ACO Ladder Gratings Help Put HygieneFirst

NEWS / 10 / 9 / 2015

The ACO ladder grating is one of our most popular products and its distinctive design is now recognized by our customers all over the world.

ACO presented at the conference for Hygiene & Sanitation in Meat processing

NEWS / 10 / 7 / 2015

Our colleague Jiri Dubjuk from ACO CZ presented at the recent Conference for Hygiene & Sanitation In Meat Processing which was organised by the University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences Brno.

Hygienic design & Drainage: The key things every food company needs to know

NEWS / 24 / 6 / 2015

At ACO we’re committed to designing and manufacturing drainage that delivers the ultimate in hygienic performance. We’re a long-standing member of the European Hygienic Engineering and Design Group (EHEDG), are the first company to incorporate the hygienic design principles that are normally reserved for food contact equipment into our product designs and our ongoing collaboration with leading research bodies, end users, other industry suppliers and leading academics keeps up to date with the very latest best practice.

Why drainage matters?

NEWS / 27 / 5 / 2015

We at ACO are committed to ultimate hygienic performance. We believe drainage matters and can play critical role in overall food safety.

Listeria´s secret weapons: Awareness, adaptability & camouflage

OPINION / 16 / 4 / 2015

At ACO, we not only invest in research into the ‘cleanability’ of drainage products but we also keep a close eye on the very latest research being conducted by academic organisations throughout the world. Here, we highlight the key findings of a report which explains why listeria is so hard to fight.

EHEDG president visits ACO

NEWS / 24 / 3 / 2015

EHEDG President, Knuth Lorenzen, has visited the Pribyslav-based head office and factory of ACO - one of the world’s leading commercial drainage specialists.

ACO puts HygieneFirst at FCSI EAME Conference

NEWS / 2 / 3 / 2015

ACO will be sponsor of FCSI EAME Conference in Madrid (26th to 29th March). The company will also introduce its HygieneFirst philosophy and new hygienic drainage system at the conference.

ACO extends cooperation with EHEDG

NEWS / 27 / 2 / 2015

With its advanced drainage solutions for commercial kitchens and the food industrie ACO cares about hygiene and food safety. That’s why ACO is a long term member of the European Hygienic Engineering and Design Group, EHEDG. Both, ACO and EHEDG, have recently decided to extend their cooperation for the year 2015.