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Treotham Automation develops food safe polymers

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article image Lubricant-free polymer plain bearings and rolling bearings avoid contamination through oils and greases

Strict food hygiene regulations require designers and operators of food production lines to ensure food safety by avoiding any scope for contamination from foreign particles or lubricants during production or transport.

The risk of food contamination can be significantly reduced with the use of special materials such as detectable polymers, which can be picked up by metal detectors. Lubricant-free polymer plain bearings and rolling bearings avoid contamination through oils and greases. The use of materials that effectively prevent the growth of bacteria, viruses and mould can also have excellent outcomes in hygienic food production.

Making Energy Chains detectable

Even the most advanced production lines are susceptible to machine malfunctions or damage. Detectability of materials is therefore vital to ensure that foreign particles can be recognised quickly and reliably in the processed food.

igus’ new polymer Energy Chain made from a detectable polymer allows detection of even the tiniest fragments of the blue material by all standard metal detection systems, enabling automatic removal of the contaminant. The new durable, corrosion-free and versatile polymer is recommended for the food and pharmaceuticals industries.

Rotary table bearings with FDA-conforming polymer

The iglide PRT family of lubricant-free polymer rotary table bearings presents the PRT 01 design made of corrosion-free stainless steel. The sliding elements between the inner and outer rings are made of iglide A180, an FDA-conforming special polymer suitable for contact with food and humidity. With their low profile and rigid design, the lubricant- and maintenance-free polymer rotary table bearings can replace lubricated ball bearing rotary tables or rotary connections.

Anti-microbial sheathing material

Chainflex continuous-flex cables from igus, designed specifically for use in moving applications now include a special anti-microbial series, CFSPECIAL for food-related applications. Differentiated by its blue colour, the new highly flexible jacket material features special additives, which are emitted over time to prevent the growth of microorganisms.

igus products are available in Australia from Treotham .

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