With the food industry nowadays fully-automated, an incident like a bottle falling over in the filling line or a packet of soup gets wedged and torn in the parts chute, might lead to unplanned plant shutdown which could cost unnecessary delays and loss of time and money.
As such, moving machine components with low coefficient of friction are in demand here. In order to give guide plates, metallic slides or even parts with complex geometries a high wear resistance, igus has now developed a new coating material especially for use in food technology.
The high-performance IC-05 tribor polymer complies with FDA requirements and EU10/2011 regulations and is therefore ideally suited for contact with food. Its blue colour makes it optically detectable. The material significantly reduces the coefficient of friction of the coated parts and increases the service life and availability of the equipment. It also improves product safety and reduces costs. Lubricants can be dispensed with completely. The powder material can either be sprayed onto the desired components by the user or by igus. Layer thicknesses of 60 to 120 µm are possible.
Stefan Loockmann-Rittich, Head of iglidur plain bearing technology business division at igus GmbH said, “Especially for places where there is no space for a plain bearing, a coating of the moving parts that are exposed to wear is a good idea.”
igus tested the durability of the coated parts in its own 3,800 sq.metre laboratory in Cologne. Here, a part coated with IC-05 was compared with an identical part coated with the standard material IC-01 in various test set-ups. The FDA-compliant component impressed with a 4x longer service life. In addition to IC-05, igus offers 5 other coating materials, for example, for applications in the high-temperature range or with high chemical resistance.
For more information on igus coating materials, visit www.igus.sg/info/plain-bearings-coating-iglidur