When it comes to food safety, kitchen flooring is often overlooked. It is in fact one of the biggest risk factors. Suresh Rebello, regional sector manager, Construction Chemicals Asia Pacific, BASF, discusses a few tips on how to choose an ideal flooring for F&B manufacturers.
The 3D print material iglidur I150 developed by motion plastics specialist igus has now been approved for food contact according to EU regulation 10/2011. By the certification of this Tribo-Filament that has a versatile use, customers can now print their custom-made parts which are approved for direct contact with food or cosmetics in moving applications.
The material is lubrication-free, maintenance-free, has a high wear resistance, and can be used on any 3D printer where the nozzle temperature can be set to 250 deg C. Since the high-performance plastic has a very low shrinkage, it can also be processed on 3D printers that do not have a heated printing plate. In this case, the igus adhesive film is recommended as the base for the print bed in order to ensure good adhesion.
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The MPA-C valve terminal, part of Festo’s ‘Clean Design’ portfolio, meets the requirements for protection class IP69K and Corrosion Resistance Class 4 (CRC4).
It features several valve functions, and its modular sub-base design suppor ts max imum flexibility that enables it to expand to a maximum of 32 valves or solenoid coils.
The valve terminal comes with a redundant seal system, which allows trouble-free and intensive cleaning with highpressure jets or foam so terminals can even be installed even in locations with harsh environmental conditions.
Made with FDA-compliant materials and lubricated with NSF-H1 food-grade grease, the MPA-C is suitable for use in both food and splash zones.