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Rulon 641: Performance from Food Processing to Medical Equipment Manufacturing

By Dave Biering on July 16, 2019

Rulon 641: Performance from Food Processing to Medical Equipment Manufacturing

The food and medical manufacturing industries share many commonalities; most notably, they operate in environments with strict regulations for quality, safety and sanitation.  Processing equipment must be of the highest quality and offer contamination resistance.  Rulon® 641 is the only FDA-cleared material for use in food processing that also has USP Class VI approval for medical applications.

Two demanding manufacturing environments, one common material ― Rulon 641.  See our Rulon Comparison Chart to explore the advantages.

Temperature tolerance for food processing

A major food processor approached us seeking a replacement for their virgin-PTFE seals located on the miniature cryogenic valves of the fast-freeze systems. The equipment is used to flash-freeze fruits and other foodstuffs. The PTFE seals were failing from exposure to the cryogenic temperatures and required frequent and expensive change out. Rulon 641 offered our partner a material with superior temperature stability and a longer lifespan for significant savings. Rulon 641 is non-abrasive for use against the systems’ stainless mating hardware, and has maintained good sealability under difficult conditions. 

Superior sterilization for medical manufacturing

We’ve also partnered with the manufacturers of surgical laser devices to replace failing PTFE valves seats with Rulon 641.  Rulon excels in the rotary and oscillating movements required of this application and has a very low coefficient of friction and a superior wear factor.   The material can be lapped using standard procedures to produce extremely good surface finishes in precision valve seats.  And the material’s white, stain-resistant color indicates a sanitary compound for medical environments.  Rulon 641 has USP Class VI approval, and easily tolerates all standard CIP procedures required of both the food and medical industries.

Is Rulon 641 the right material for your application?  Contact our Engineering Experts for a consultation. Or read our free Rulon White Paper to learn about the advantages of Rulon’s processing controls.

Rulon - Quality Assurance Begins With Precision Processing

Topics: Food Rulon Medical
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Food Processing, Custom Plastic Fabrication & Frying – Oh my!

By Dave Biering on July 17, 2014

1)	Food Processing, Custom Plastic Fabrication & Frying – Oh my!Have you obtained your free copies of our Food Processing and Food Packaging technical white papers?   Here you’ll learn how food manufacturers are increasing production levels and improving safety ― simply by replacing traditional metal and bronze bearings with durable, value-driven composites and polymers.

Another unique food bearing challenge recently came through our custom fabrication shop when we developed Ultraflon components for a brand new French fry machine. 

Here’s how:

Our partner developed an all-new machine that converts granulated potatoes into crispy fries in just under a minute.  The process involves rehydration, pressing, cutting and frying of the potato product to achieve the perfect product consistency.  With special UL and NSF requirements in place, Ultraflon excelled as a structural and component bearing in this demanding, quick-fry application.  Ultraflon offers superior wear and extrusion resistance, plus low friction to accommodate the machine’s unique design envelope.

Want to explore custom components for your food application?  Check out our custom fabrication video or request a quote today

Topics: Food Custom Bearings