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Quadrant has extended its portfolio of food-compliant materials with PE-, POM- and PA6-based metal-detectable plastics for food-processing equipment.

The materials enable manufacturers to more efficiently address the issue of breakage and wear in equipment parts.

Quadrant’s new range of metal-detectable (MD) engineering thermoplastics is designed to support the food-processing industry’s need for reliable, traceable and cost-effective machine parts.

Quadrant is the first manufacturer to offer a choice of polyethylene (PE), polyoxymethylene (POM) and polyamide (PA6)-based food-contact-approved MD engineering materials.

The food-processing industry requires plastics equipment parts that will provide a high level resistance to wear and tear, and the cleanliness necessary for today’s fast line speeds.

At the same time, parts must provide the reassurance of easy detection should fragments or particles break off and fall into the foodstuff during processing.

Quadrant’s set of three MD modified plastics comprises TIVAR MD, based on ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (PE-UHMW); Acetron MD, based on POM; and Nylatron MD, based on PA6.

Acetron MD and Nylatron MD are available in a blue colour to aid visual and MD detectability; X-ray detection is also possible.

TIVAR MD is available in grey colour.

All materials deliver the necessary MD level for particles as small as 3 x 3 x 3mm.

In addition to food compliancy (according to FDA and EU Directive 2002/72 EC standards), the individual materials offer different advantages, such as good impact resistance, high wear resistance and good machining properties.

Stock shapes of the three products will be offered as extruded rods or plates in various sizes.

Quadrant Engineering Plastic Products

Quadrant Engineering Plastic Products (QEPP) is the world’s leading manufacturer of semi-finished products made from general engineering and high-performance plastics. Quadrant also designs, develops and produces finished parts and solutions for a broad variety of applications in many different industries globally. Its product range extends from polyamide (PA), polyacetal (POM) and ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMW-PE) to high-performance materials such as fluoroplastics and polybenzimidazole (PBI), which features temperature resistance to over 425C (800F) while maintaining total dimensional stability. The semi-finished products are machined or thermoformed and used in a variety of industries ranging from electronics through packaging machinery to chemical processing for applications where properties such as non-stick characteristics, abrasion resistance, dimensional stability, chemical and acid resistance or purity are extremely important.

Quadrant’s global teams of product development and applications engineers provide their customers with comprehensive advisory services. The best individual solution is sought for every customer requirement – from the choice of suitable material to optimum design of the finished product and machining of the most sophisticated materialsin state-of-the-art Technology Centres. Quadrant maintains a marketing and sales organization which is capable of pursuing new developments rapidly and efficiently worldwide. Quadrant focuses on growing markets, though many end users operate worldwide and have global requirements for materials and applications consulting.

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