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Metal detectable elastomers and X-ray detectable elastomers

Metal detectable and X-ray detectable elastomers are specialized materials used primarily in the food processing, pharmaceutical, and packaging industries to prevent contamination. These materials are designed to be identified by metal detectors and X-ray inspection systems.

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Metal detectable and X-ray detectable elastomers are specialized materials used primarily in the food processing, pharmaceutical, and packaging industries to prevent contamination. These materials are designed to be identified by metal detectors and X-ray inspection systems, ensuring that any fragments that inadvertently break off into the product can be detected and removed. This is critical for maintaining product safety and quality, especially in industries where contamination can lead to serious health hazards or costly product recalls.

Key features of metal detectable elastomers and X-ray detectable elastomers

Key features of these elastomers include:

Metal Detectable

These elastomers are embedded with metallic particles that make them detectable by standard metal detection equipment used in production lines. If a piece of the elastomer breaks off and enters the product stream, it can be identified and removed.

X-ray Detectable

The material is formulated to be visible under X-ray inspection. This is particularly useful because some contaminants or material fragments might not be metallic and therefore not detectable with a metal detector.

Applications

Commonly used in seals, gaskets, and conveyor belts within the food processing and pharmaceutical industries. Their use helps in adhering to strict safety and quality control standards.

Compliance with Safety Standards

These elastomers are usually compliant with relevant food safety standards, such as FDA (Food and Drug Administration) regulations in the United States, ensuring they are safe for use in food contact applications.

Advantages

The primary advantage is the reduction in risk of contamination, which can lead to health risks, product recalls, and damage to a company’s reputation. They also help companies comply with various health and safety regulations.

Varieties

These elastomers can be made from various base materials like silicone, nitrile, or EPDM, depending on the application’s specific needs regarding temperature resistance, chemical resistance, and mechanical properties.

Customization

Many manufacturers offer customization options for these materials to suit specific industrial needs, including different sizes, shapes, and physical properties.

Benefits of Metal detectable and X-ray detectable elastomers

The development and use of metal and X-ray detectable elastomers represent a significant advancement in industrial safety, particularly in sectors where contamination control is paramount.

Pure Transfer has a range of products that are metal detectable and x-ray detectable in our on-line shop, for example, our tough to beat range of Tuf-Steel® Gaskets. Check our product details for more info.

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