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Semi-finished plastics for food contact – available from stock at Ensinger

28 February 2013

Semi-finished plastic materials used in the food industry have to comply with the requirements of the latest European Regulation (EU) no. 10/2011. This Regulation, also known as the Plastics Implementation Measure (PIM), is aimed at excluding any toxic effects which could arise as a result of interaction between food substances and plastics.

Ensinger has restructured its portfolio of semi-finished engineering plastic products for the food industry and performed migration testing on a multitude of its stock shapes range. In order to guarantee seamless traceability, customers are provided with an extensive data package along with their stock shapes. 

The focal element of this data package is an order-specific declaration of compliance as outlined by 10/2011. To reflect the complexity of possible application conditions, the Regulation defines different test simulates, times and temperatures.

Developers can use the data to derive definitive conclusions about adherence to migration values under application conditions. This allows customers to determine at an early juncture whether a material is suitable for a specific field of application involving contact with food.

More convenience for plant suppliers
As the test results obtained by semi-finished plastic supplier Ensinger are based on concrete standard test methods, the effort involved in compiling additional declarations of conformity is significantly reduced. This is a major benefit for users such as finished part manufacturers who produce components for use in food processing plants.

All they now have to do is pass on the compliance information from their subcontractor and supplement it with their own data. Since January, compliance certificates have been available from Ensinger for its polymers which are most commonly used in food technology applications.

In order to address the individual demands of the market, the company offers its customers an extremely large selection of different materials and dimensions from stock as part of its standard portfolio. This allows customers who serve other industrial segments as well as the food industry to dispense with unnecessary doubling up of stocks.

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