Creating Food Grade Gaskets
Choosing the right materials for gaskets in the food manufacturing industry can be a challenge. Not only do you have to find the right materials, but they have to comply with a great deal of federal, state and local sanitation requirements. Here are just a few things to know about materials and gasket parts for food manufacturing:
- The food industry is wide ranging, so you will need gaskets and materials that can respond to the challenge. Gaskets are used in the beverage business, dairy processing, food and snack manufacturing and pharmaceuticals and vitamin processing plants.
- Gaskets must respond to a wide variety of environments. Not only do gaskets have to work in food environments, but those associated with liquids. These specialized gaskets include filtered water plants, milk and milk products, as well as alcoholic beverages, such as beer, wine and liquors.
- Many food grade parts are considered part of the gasket family. While you may simply think of a gasket as an o-ring, which it is, there are also a myriad of other shapes and formats for food grade gaskets. These can take the form of seals, dust covers and even couplings.
- Using an FDA approved rubber is critical to the process. There are certain materials that have achieved a level of acceptance with FDA regulators. Using these materials makes it easier to get approval and maintain sanitation over the long term. These materials include silicone, EPDM, neoprene and nitrile. They each come in an FDA grade that is already approved for use.
- These materials are resistant. The benefit of using these materials is that they are resistant to bacteria, high temperatures and chemicals.
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