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Eriks Sealing Technology has developed a range of metal-detectable seals for use in sensitive applications where the ability to detect and contain contamination is essential.

The elastomers are detectable on production lines by conventional metal detection equipment, helping to decrease the risk of polymers finding their way into the finished product and supply chain, reducing products wastage, eliminate costly product recalls, and reduce equipment maintenance costs.

The materials are Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and 3A (class one) compliant to meet the needs of the food, beverage, pharmaceutical and dairy industries.

The numbers of high-profile product recalls and damaging litigation demonstrate the importance of implementing a systematic preventative approach to product safety that addresses physical, chemical and biological hazards as a means of prevention.

One potential, if unlikely, hazard is the breakdown of seals and the subsequent contamination of products.

If the rubber from a standard seal were to break down and find its way into the product, it would be very difficult, costly and time-consuming to detect.

Eriks said its new compounds are easily detected by most conventional metal-detection techniques employed on production lines.

Should a piece of elastomer be detected, the production line can be stopped immediately, contaminated products can be removed long before they ever reach the supply chain, and the problem on the production line can be quickly rectified.

The seals are manufactured from NBR, EPDM, FKM and silicone compounds to form metal-detectable O-rings, sanitary gaskets and other moulded seals.

Eriks said particle sizes as small as 2mm can be detected.

As well as offering FDA compliance for the food and pharmaceutical industries, and 3A class one (sanitary standard 18-03) compliance for the dairy, food and other hygiene sensitive industries, these seals can also be used as part of a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) programme.

These procedures identify potential hazards so that key actions – critical control points – can be taken to reduce or eliminate the risk of hazards being realised.

The seals are available in either blue or black for easy product identification, and offer extended lifetime performance due to low compression set value.

Tests against alternative products demonstrated up to 300 per cent greater service life expectancy for the Eriks seals.

This means a lower life cost, reduced equipment maintenance costs, and a reduction of downtime in production lines.

The seals operate over a wide temperature range from -60C to +220C and can be used in a wide variety of applications.

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