Poly­mer chains ideal for food man­u­fac­tur­ers

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - PRODUCT WATCH -

Lu­bri­cant-free, chem­i­cal­re­sis­tant and an­timi­cro­bial Igus poly­mers are de­signed for safe and residue-free food man­u­fac­ture. This in­cludes avoid­ing con­tam­i­na­tion such as from for­eign par­ti­cles or lu­bri­cants dur­ing pro­duc­tion or trans­port.

De­tectable poly­mers, which can be picked up by metal de­tec­tors, are suit­able for such ap­pli­ca­tions. Lubri­cant­free poly­mer plain bear­ings and rolling bear­ings avoid con­tam­i­na­tion through oils and greases.

If they are also made of FDA-con­form­ing ma­te­ri­als which are “suit­able for use with foods”, their di­rect con­tact with food is safe. One par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant area for hy­gienic food pro­duc­tion is ma­te­rial that ef­fec­tively pre­vents the growth of bac­te­ria, viruses and mould.

In or­der to guar­an­tee that for­eign par­ti­cles can be picked up quickly and re­li­ably in food, the de­tectabil­ity of ma­te­ri­als is vi­tal. For this rea­son, Igus has de­vel­oped a new poly­mer en­ergy chain made of a de­tectable poly­mer.

Even the tini­est frag­ments of the blue ma­te­rial can be de­tected by all stan­dard metal de­tec­tion sys­tems, and so can be re­moved au­to­mat­i­cally.

Cus­tomers from the food and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals in­dus­tries can use the durable, cor­ro­sion-free and ver­sa­tile poly­mer en­ergy chains in their ma­chines and lines with­out con­cern.

An­other new prod­uct for the food sec­tor is from the Iglidur PRT fam­ily of lu­bri­cant-free poly­mer ro­tary ta­ble bear­ings. The bear­ing of the PRT 01 de­sign is made of cor­ro­sion­free stain­less steel. The slid­ing el­e­ments be­tween in­ner and outer ring are made of the Iglidur ma­te­rial A180.

The FDA-ap­proved food­con­form­ing poly­mer ro­tary ta­ble bear­ings are avail­able ready to fit – ini­tially in size 200 (in­ner di­am­e­ter 200mm) with more size op­tions to come.

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