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How Urethane is Used in the Food Processing Industry

Cast urethane is an incredibly versatile material. 

It’s used in a variety of industries, including food processing.

Its incomparable gripping properties, resiliency, and cut resistance make it the ideal material for compliance rollers and many other conveyor parts. 

It’s important to note, however, that different production environments will require different part shapes and sizes.

This is how urethane is used in the food processing industry:

FDA dry urethane parts

Wet and dry production environments have varying FDA standards. For example, in the food processing industry, carriers that move dry products (e.g., sugar or rice) will require FDA dry application parts. 

FDA wet urethane parts

An FDA wet application is used in an environment where meat products and fish are carried on a conveyor. These urethane parts will meet different requirements than dry parts, and testing will be required if the parts will have repeated contact with fatty or aqueous foods.

Benefits of cast urethane

The benefits of cast urethane are endless. But for this industry in particular, the key advantages of this material include:

  • Decreased downtime
  • Easy to clean
  • Reduction in product loss and damage
  • Diminished product contamination
  • Quieter than metal
  • Can adjust to many different sizes, allowing food to move along the production line without damage
  • Longer service life than plastic or rubber

At Mark Tool & Rubber Co, Inc., we can manufacture urethane spinner wheels, conveyor systems, tubing, hoses, seals, gaskets, and more for both wet and dry applications. When you trust us with your parts, you can rest assured that our products will always align with the FDA production standards. Contact us today to request a quote!

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