Polymer chains ideal for food manufacturers
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.