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The Trelleborg Sealing Solutions FoodPro® range is a comprehensive portfolio of polymer-based materials specifically designed to meet the unique requirements of the food and beverage industry. Alongside FoodPro®, a number of other materials from our standard range can be used in food contact applications. Implementation of Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) ensures the ultimate in production efficiency and safety.
The FoodPro® material range is a continuously expanding portfolio of materials, specially designed to meet the needs of the food and beverage industry. The range includes standard elastomers like EPDM, NBR and FKM, Isolast® FFKM and respective plastics Turcon® PTFE and Zurcon® Poly Ethylene. FoodPro® materials are available for standard and custom-designed seals, bearings and components across the globe. Local Trelleborg Sealing Solutions engineers support with seal design to meet hygienic design requirements.
Material compatibility and cleanability are paramount
The sealing environment within food and beverage processing is perhaps the most demanding of all. Seal failure can lead to potential contamination or line stoppages. Materials, whether elastomer or plastics, have to cope with a broad variety of food types along with Cleaning in Place (CIP) and Sterilization in Place (SIP). FoodPro® materials offer proven high sealing performance and are suitable for CIP and SIP processes used in the food industry.
Compliance with regulatory requirements
Sealing materials must also be compliant with food contact material regulations in different countries. FoodPro® materials comply with the most relevant food contact regulations globally such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations, European Food Contact Regulations including Reg. (EC) 1935/2004, Chinese food safety standards and the Japanese Positive List released in 2020.
Industry specific compounds meet application requirements
Industry specific compounds meet application requirements
Ethylene Propylene Diene Rubber (EPDM) polymers are fully saturated, unpolar hydrocarbon-based elastomers. Their polymer geometry gives them superior compatibility with polar fluids even at elevated temperatures.
The materials demonstrate:
High chemical resistance
Long life in polar solvents, hot water and steam
Suitability with alkaline and acidic cleaners
Excellent choice in most dairy applications, except for products with high fat content
Especially suited for processes involving contact with high fat media such as grease and oils or at high temperature.
Typical applications include Mechanical Seals, Decanters, Separators, Pumps, Tanks, Valves, including mix proof valves, Heat Exchangers and equipment cleaned using CIP and SIP regimes.
Outstanding resistance to chemicals
Isolast® Perfluoroelastomer (FFKM) materials are terpolymers of monomers in which all hydrogen atoms have been replaced by fluorine. The absence of hydrogen in the molecular chain dramatically increases both their chemical and thermal resistance. The cross-linked molecular chains enable them to combine the resilience and sealing force of an elastomer with the chemical inertness and thermal stability of PTFE.
Unrivalled operating characteristics
Isolast® is the Trelleborg Sealing Solutions range of high specification perfluoroelastomer compounds. It offers the widest portfolio on the market engineered to meet specific processing demands. Virtually inert, the materials perform well in a broad range of chemicals including acids, alkalis, amines, esters and steam at continuous operating temperatures from -25°C to +325°C / -13°F to +617°F.
Improving production efficiency
Isolast® is proven to have better operating characteristics than other elastomer types. The two grades J9515 and J9516 have been developed to meet the most stringent standards and are ideal for sealing in aggressive cleaning fluids. They help reduce downtime and improve production efficiency by extending seal life.
Isolast® provides the ultimate solution for elastomer sealing in aggressive chemicals and at extreme temperatures. It is recommended for applications where EPDM or FKM materials are used but additionally extremely aggressive media are present.
Isolast® can be manufactured in a variety of standard and custom designs. In addition, we have developed many innovative cost-effective solutions that minimize FFKM content.
Silicone and Liquid Silicone Rubber
Silicone inherently inert to growth of bacteria, mold and fungi
Silicone materials are ideal for use in food and beverage production due to their inherent inertness to growth of bacteria, mold and fungi.
Advantages of silicone:
Excellent heat resistance, cold flexibility and dielectric properties
Preferred choice in applications exposed to ozone and oxygen
Operating temperature from -60°C to +200°C / -76°F to +392°F
Exceptionally low surface energy, seals will not adhere to counterparts.
Low long-term compression set
Suitable for use with hot water, fat and oil, some lubricants and glycerin.
A possible limitation of silicone is that chemical degradation can occur in contact with acids, alkalis, ketones, esters and steam above 100°C / 212°F.
Engineered for demanding applications
Turcon® is the Trelleborg Sealing Solutions brand of proprietary Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) based compounds.
Excellent friction and self-lubricating characteristics
Suitability for dynamic and rotating applications, including those with abrasive media and countersurfaces
Outstanding performance in low and high temperature environments
Compatibility with almost all chemicals
Turcon® FoodPro® MF designed for processing needs
Turcon® FoodPro® MF1, MF2, MF3 and MF6 have been formulated to meet special requirements of the food and beverage processing industries. Based on ultra-clean technology, these compounds are manufactured from high-purity PTFE grades and additives. Their smooth finish, with high gloss and low porosity, avoids the risk of contamination buildup and reduces particle shedding.
Turcon® FoodPro® compounds are particularly suitable for use in CIP and SIP processes due to its high operating temperatures and media resistance.
Multipurpose equipment with mixed process streams, where seals are exposed to extremely aggressive cleaning solvents
Flat gasket material for food contact applications
Zurcon® Engineered Plastic
Engineered plastic based material for reciprocating and oscillating situations
Zurcon® is the brand name for the Trelleborg Sealing Solutions range of engineered plastic based materials, including PEEK and UHMWPE.
Zurcon® FoodPro® Z81
Zurcon® FoodPro® is ideal for reciprocating, very slow rotating and oscillating applications, where high wear resistance is required, including applications with abrasive media and countersurfaces. The material is ideal for a variety of food processing applications, such as filling machines, valves, pumps, mixers, separators, homogenizers, centrifuges, dosage cylinders, and sensors.