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Food for thought

01 August 2019

Special customer requests are often the driving force for new innovations at igus. More than 50 years’ ago, company founder Günter Blase built up the company by asking customers about their greatest machine design problems. This ‘solutions’ approach continues to lead to new products every year.

In this article, Matthew Aldridge, Managing Director of igus in Northampton, UK, highlights a few products developed specifically for the food industry.

The TH3 energy chain was developed on the basis of solid enquiries received during the food technology exhibitions in 2016. The requirements called for a hygienic design: it must not only be safe and avoid product contamination but also be easily cleaned. The result is an energy chain with an open design for efficient cleaning and rounded edges, which allows liquids to run off, and good resistance to chemicals. The interior separators are designed to leave enough space between the cables and hoses for cleaning. Meeting the requirements of the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and EU, the energy chain is blue in colour, which is easily identifiable. 

Read the full article in the August issue of DPA



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