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Industry 4.0 Summitt

Manchester Central (M2 3GX)

28/02/2018 - 01/03/2018

Industry 4.0, the 4th industrial revolution, smart manufacturing, digital factories…these are (more)

Drives & Controls 2018

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

10/04/2018 - 12/04/2018

Drives & Controls exhibition is recognised as the UK’s leading show for Automation, Power (more)

UKIVA Machine Vision Conference

Arena MK(MK1 1ST)

16/05/2018

Following a successful launch in 2017, UKIVA Machine Vision Conference returns to Arena MK, Milton Keynes, (more)

Increased reliability in food manufacture

Increased reliability in food manufacture Igus UK has developed two new food grade polymer bearing materials - iglidur A181 and iglidur A160 - that are compliant with both the FDA specification for repeated contact with food and the EU 10/2011 Directive. As a result, food manufacturers can produce food to the highest standards while increasing the reliability of their processes.

The EU 10/2011 regulation on materials and articles intended to come into contact with food stuffs was introduced to cover materials produced by modern technology and manufacturing processes such as plastics. Food manufactures can be sure that both the iglidur A181 and iglidur A160 plastic bearings do not contain any ingredients that can cause harm if ingested nor can they deteriorate or change the composition of food. The bearings are coloured blue which allows them to be easily detected in case any particles enter the production line.

The new bearings are ideal for all food and drink processing and preparation equipment, and can also improve machine performance. The iglidur A181 bearing material has good resistance to chemicals and can be used universally in a variety of applications and the iglidur A160 bearing boasts very high chemical resistance as well as being extremely cost effective. Equally the bearings are wear resistant and lubricant- and maintenance-free, therefore increasing reliability.

These new bearing materials are available in various diameters from 6 mm up to 20 mm from stock and like all igus' products are tested for millions of cycles in real world applications and environments.
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