Polyaryletherketone PEEK™ Polymer For The
From aerospace and
transportation, to the medical and electronics industries, PEEK™
polymer has successfully replaced glass, stainless steel or other
expensive metals to produce a growing range of cost-effective
parts with outstanding wear, heat and chemical resistance.
All grades of unfilled PEEK™ polymer have been given compliance
from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for repeated use
in food contact applications. This opens up significant new windows
of opportunity for equipment manufacturers serving the food processing
and catering industries to maximise component performance and
value. This move by the FDA provides further demonstration of
the quality and intrinsic purity of this unique material.
Contact with all types of food has been approved, at temperatures
up to and including typical oven cooking temperatures. The material
is expected to be used in repeated use application, with no minimum
For OEMs serving the food processing industry,
PEEK™ polymer allows the design of complex, injection moulded
components which can be consistently mass-produced without the
need for assembly or post-treatment.
PEEK™ polymer is a high
performance plastic with excellent mechanical properties at high
POLYMER KEY FACTS
All grades of unfilled PEEK™ polymer comply
with the compositional requirements of the US Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) regulation 21 CFR 177.2415- Polyaryletherketone) for articles
intended for repeated use in contact with food, without restrictions
on contact time or temperature.
All grades of unfilled PEEK™ polymer
also comply with the compositional requirements of the European
Union Commission Directive relating to plastics materials and
articles intended to come into contact with foodstuffs (90/128/EEC)
and its subsequent amendments to date.
FDA Compliant PEEK™ Polymer
PEEK™ polymer 150R 380R 450P
PEEK™ polymer 150PF 450PF
PEEK™ polymer 150XF
PEEK™ polymer 151G. 381G. 450G
It has been shown that test specimens manufactured
from PEEK™ polymer comply with the extraction limits specified
in FDA 21 CFR 177.2415 and the overall and specific migration
limits specified in Commission Directive 90/128/EEC. The monomers
4.4'-difluorobenzophenone and 1,4-dihydroxybenzene are subject
to specific migration limits under Commission Directive 90/128/EEC.
However. We accept no responsibility for the
compliance of the final material or article if other substances
have been added during subsequent processing stages. It is the
responsibility of the manufacturer of the food contact article
to assure compliance with the extraction and migration limits.
|In the manufacture
of containers for holding food during heating or cooking in
an oven, microwave oven or dual function oven.
of machinery and equipment used in the preparation of food.
eg microwave ovens, food conveyors, mixers, ultra filtration
moulded articles such as bearings, seatings and seats to be
used in food processing equipment.
|In fibre form,
or as cloth woven from monofilaments, in filters, conveyor
belts, webbing, etc.
on, mainly metal, substrates for food equipment.
FOOD CONTACT CONDITIONS
PEEK™ is expected
to come into contact all type of food.
is expected to come into contact with food at all temperatures
up to and including oven cooking temperatures.
is expected to be used in repeated use application with no
minimum contact periods.
a highly competitive market place where customers demand ever
greater choice, food and beverage manufacturers strive continuously
to provide the right product, at the right price and with optimum
efficiency. This places greater demands on OEMs to provide state-of-the-art
processing equipment, which is more cost-effective to produce,
while meeting stringent demands for quality and hygiene. In the
growing market for ready-prepared foods such as fruits and vegetables,
for example, high capacity cutting machines slice, dice, shred
and strip-cut to precise specification and uniformity, white state-of-the-art
systems weigh and mix the ingredients ready for packaging. Fast,
problem-free processing is essential so that foodstuffs retain
their flavour and natural appearance.
The PEEK™ polymer portfolio of value-added
materials allows OEMs to design machined parts made from stock
shapes and complex, injection moulded components which can be
consistently mass-produced without the need for assembly or post-treatment.
Compared with traditional materials, these parts are both easier
and more cost-effective to manufacture with no compromise in performance.
From highly wear resistant bearings, seatings and seats, to precision
cutting blades and energy-efficient pumps, PEEK™ polymer
components will keep machinery running at peak productivity levels
across the whole range of food processing activities : milling,
emulsifying. Granulating, Liquefying and pureeing of countless
dry, paste and liquid products.
The latest food processing equipment is designed for self-cleaning
to ensure the highest standards of
quality and hygiene. With the push of a button, cleaning solutions
and then rinse-water are automatically routed throughout the equipment.
These clean-in-place (CIP) solutions are generally acid- or, more
commonly, chlorine-based. PEEK™ polymer has an incredibly
stable chemical structure. It provides excellent resistance to
a very wide range of organic and inorganic liquids, even at elevated
for aseptic processing and packaging equipment must withstand
the high operating temperatures that are required to quickly kill
The high continuous operating temperature
of PEEK™ polymer, (260°C. UL746B), and its excellent
mechanical properties at this temperature, provide a tailor-made,
cost-effective material solution for this demanding application
PEEK™ polymer is ideally suited to a range of high-end catering
applications, including components for professional food processors,
microwave ovens and coffee machines, ad dressing superior design
and performance requirements cost-effectively.
more and more catering companies are rationalising their food
preparation systems, there are further opportunities for the material
to replace stainless steel and glass in professional cookware
and utensils. In a food preparation chain which links centralised
cooking, packaging, cooling, storage, transportation and localised
regeneration. PEEK™ polymer cookware offers product value
through consistent part quality, functionality and long-term service
and aesthetics. The material retains excellent mechanical properties
at temperatures up to 300°C, allowing food to be heated by
hot air oven, combi-steamer, thermal contact heater or microwave.
In addition, its inherent chemical resistance allows various cleaning,
rinsing and water softening products to be repeatedly used with
no loss of mechanical properties.