Safe option … the igus Chainflex range
Designers and operators of food production lines must adhere to strict legislation to ensure consumers can buy food safely.
This includes avoiding any kind of contamination such as from foreign particles or lubricants during production or transport.
The use of special materials can significantly reduce the risk.
Detectable polymers, which can be picked up by metal detectors, are suitable for such applications.
Lubricant-free 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 perfectly hygienic food production is materials, which effectively prevent the growth of bacteria, viruses and mould.
To guarantee that foreign particles can be picked up quickly and reliably in food in such cases, the detectability of materials is vital.
Treotham Automation now offers a range of detectable, lubricant-free, FDA-conforming, chemical-resistant and anti-microbial – igus polymer solutions for safe and residue-free food production.
This includes a new polymer energy chain made of a detectable polymer.
Even tiniest fragments of the blue material can be detected by all standard metal detection systems, and can thus 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 corrosion-free stainless steel. The sliding elements between inner and outer ring are made of the “iglidur” material A180.
As an FDA-conforming special polymer, A180 is suitable for contact with food and humidity. With their low-profile and rigid design, lubricant and maintenance-free polymer rotary table bearings can replace lubricated ball bearing rotary tables or rotary connections.
The food-conforming polymer rotary table bearings are available ready to fit – initially in size 200 (inner diameter 200mm) and in all other sizes in the future.
The igus Chainflex range of cables designed for use in moving applications, are being extended by a special anti-microbial series (CFSpecial) for food-related applications.
The only visible difference between the highly bending-resistant jacket material and other cables is its blue colour.
Treotham Automation Pty Ltd
Ph: 9907 1778