In the UK, the food and drink industry is by far the biggest manufacturing sector. But in a regulated and safety-conscious world, the food and drink industry must adhere to strict standards, especially relating to safety and purity. That’s where fluoroplastics come in; they are the best polymers for the food and drink manufacturing industry, ensuring the safest, most effective production workspace.
High-performance fluoropolymers are vital for use in food and drink manufacturing applications. Setting them apart from general-purpose plastic such as PVC and PE, fluoroplastics enjoy a range of unique properties:
Thermal: Resistant to very low and very high working temperatures
Chemical: Total resistance to chemicals and solvents
Mechanical: Low friction, non-stick characteristics and tensile strength
Environmental: Resistant to weather, UV light and corrosion
Health: Non-toxic and high purity
PTFE, FEP and PFA bring an abundance of benefits to the food and drink production, from cooking equipment to food coverings, conveyor belt rollers, UV lamp coatings, temperature sensor casing and non-stick surface covers. Fluoroplastics keep products uncontaminated, workers safe and production running smoothly.
To provide a safe and effective production workspace, a wide range of PTFE, FEP and PFA products are used in food and drink applications:
Encapsulated temperature and level detection sensors for consistent, accurate readings
Shatterproof lamp coatings containing glass fragments and protecting food if damage occurred
FEP roll covers eliminating the cleaning process, improving the potential for a quality concern and ensuring minimal machine downtime
FDA, NSF and EU 10/2011 compliant tubing for increased safety
Laser marked and printed tubes for identification and traceability
The food and drink industry also benefits from the use of custom fabrications. Manufactured specifically to the customer’s design requirements, fluoropolymers can be manipulated to create complex three dimensional profiles:
Coiled and flare-tipped tubing fitting your applications precisely
Tubing cut to any desired length saving time, hassle and money
Tubing assemblies with applied fittings, including push fit, stainless, compression, quick connect, insert barb and gripper tight
Using thermoforming, vacuum forming, welding and flanging processing techniques, almost any custom product in PTFE, FEP and PFA can be produced in any size and in any shape.