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Blue detectable energy chain and hygienic cables for the food and drink industry

18 May 2013

igus UK, has introduced two new blue products for the food processing industry, including blue energy chains that are easy to detect, and blue anti-microbial cables.

Even in the most modern production lines, machine failure and damage cannot be eliminated, and being able to detect foreign materials quickly in food is vital to guarantee the reliability of food production lines.  

igus’ experts have designed a detectable polymer energy chain by using a special plastic material, igumid DT. As a result, spherical particles of the blue material as small as 1 mm can be detected in fragments passing at speeds of 20m/min by all standard metal detection systems. The blue detectable material igumid DT is available for the reliable E2/000 and E4.1 series energy chains.

igus has also introduced a new hygienic version of its chainflex cable which has been designed especially for use in moving applications in the food and drink industry, effectively preventing the growth of bacteria, viruses and mould. 

Typically, many cables get their anti-bacterial properties through coating, however, this can wear off over time due to the permanent movement in the energy chain. igus’ blue CFSPECIAL 544 cable is more reliable than the alternatives as the jacket material has special additives and its anti-microbial properties are contained throughout the composition of the jacket.

The new material has successfully passed the international tests for anti-microbial activity and effectiveness in line with ISO 22196 and JIS Z 2801.

The launch of the new energy chain and cable follow the introduction last year of the iglidur A350 polymer plain bearing material, which is FDA-approved, and the blue igubal polymer material which can be recognised by metal detectors.

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