Food Processing

Food Processing


Plastics have become increasingly popular in food processing, allowing companies to create efficient and hygienic products. High-Density Polyethylene, Polypropylene, and Acetal are three of the most commonly used plastics in food processing due to their durability and chemical resistance. High-Density Polyethylene is best for applications like packaging, as it is both lightweight and strong, and it is also FDA approved for direct contact with food.


  • Bushings, bearings, cams
  • Conveyor parts
  • Feed screws
  • Guide rails
  • Machine guards, windows
  • Pipes and tubes for fluid processing
  • Pistons/plungers
  • Rollers
  • Seals, seats, gaskets
  • Gears, sprockets
  • Star wheels
  • Thermoformed machine housings
  • Wear strips
  • Forming dies
  • Scraper blades


  • Acetal (POM)
  • Acrylic (PMMA)
  • High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE)
  • Nylon (PA)
  • Polycarbonate (PC)
  • Polyethyleneterephthalate (PET)
  • Polyetheretherketone (PEEK)
  • Polyetherimide (PEI)
  • Polyamide-Imide (PAI)
  • Polypropylene (PP)
  • Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) – rigid and flexible
  • Polytetrafluroethylene (PTFE)
  • Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene
  • Visual and Metal detectable materials available

Advantages May Include

  • Lightweight for high-speed production using smaller drive motors
  • Reduced maintenance and reduced contamination by eliminating lubrication
  • Resistance to clean-in-place (CIP) and sanitize-in-place (SIP) cleaning chemicals
  • Resistant to hot water and steam
  • Long wear life
  • Limited wear on food packaging and/or mating machine parts
  • Transparency for easy viewing of machine during operations
  • Grades are available that comply with FDA, NSF, 3A dairy and other federal agency regulations
  • Flame, smoke and toxicity resistant
  • Cleans easily
  • Corrosion resistant

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