TECAPEEK ID from Ensinger Inc. is made from FDA, USDA, and
3A Dairy compliant components and a special additive to form a thermoplastic
that is visible to standard metal detection systems. Since plastics have become
widely used for components in food processing equipment, the possibility of
failure of highly stressed plastic parts has become a serious production
problem. The use of TECAPEEK ID for components along the production line allows
detection of a broken part earlier than visual inspection which may not
recognize a problem until production has stopped during the cleaning process.
In addition to its metal detectable quality, TECAPEEK ID features all of the
characteristics needed for high temperature applications. Especially
significant is TECAPEEK’s ability to retain its flexural and tensile properties
at very high temperatures up to 250°C (482°F).
TECAPEEK ID’s unique set of high temperature and high
chemical resistance properties combined with these new metal detectable
capabilities make it a material of interest for a variety of applications in
the food industry. One such is for high temperature kettle scraper blades.
These blades can be highly stressed during production and as such are more
prone to failure. The viscous nature of foods processed in this way make them
vulnerable to contamination when failure occurs. TECAPEEK ID allows easy
detection of small pieces contaminating the food by using metal detection