What Is Hygienic Design, Anyway?

What exactly goes into designing hygienic production equipment? More specifically, what goes into designing production equipment for use in harsh environments using harsh detergents? Wouldn't it be great if there were some sort of guide covering the principles of hygienic design? Yes, as it turns out, it would be.  

We cover everything to take into consideration when looking at production equipment designed for hygienic production environments in a useful guide. Read on, and the mysteries of life, the universe, and hygienic production equipment will be revealed. Well, maybe just that last one. The guide covers hygienic design taking in several factors: basic environmental considerations, IP rating, NEMA rating, system geometry and accessibility. There is more to system design than ratings, after all.