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January 2014


Stock Shape Plastics: Innovation for the Food Industry



Tecaform UD ultra detectable plastics from Ensinger are easily identifiable whether using visual, metal or x-ray detection methods.

Engineering plastic stock shapes have been an accepted and growing alternative to metals for machining parts in the food industry for a significant number of years now. From simple ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMW-PE) conveyor guides to complex polyetheretherketone (PEEK) filler valves, these materials have earned a solid reputation for performance in a variety of challenging food processing environments.


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Expand Your Knowledge



Converting Metal Components to Plastic

Food processing applications pose unique challenges for equipment. High humidity, extreme temperatures and chemical exposure are routine. In addition, any components that come into contact with food must be certified food-safe by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).


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Technical Advisory: Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET/PETE)

PET/PETE is a durable, tough plastic that exhibits good chemical resistance. The largest use for PET/PETE is in carbonated soft drink and water bottles. Very thin (0.025 mm) films have excellent clarity, toughness and heat resistance. Thicker films and sheet (0.13 to 1.50 mm) when amorphous have excellent clarity, gloss and toughness.


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Add Efficiency and Safety to Food and Beverage Processing

Want an inexpensive, FDA and USDA-approved, easy-to-sanitize, corrosion-resistant material for a food or beverage processing facility? Plastics may be your secret ingredient.


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