Treotham has introduced a new range of high performance plastics that
can be detected by standard metal detection methods in production environments.
An industry standard in food and packaging plants, metal detectors
detect metallic conductive particles derived from the production environment so
that the products can be sorted as soon as possible.
The detectable and lubricant-free high performance plastics from igus assure
maximum safety in foods. The magnetic motion plastics reduce costs, increase
process reliability and help prevent foreign substances from entering food
The high performance plastic from igus can easily be traced with standard
metal detectors. The detectable plastic is used in the igus igubal series of flange
bearings, rod end bearings, clevis joints, pillow block bearings and spherical
bearings, with the material featuring in both the housing and spherical balls.
This unique characteristic is sought after in other areas of bearing technology;
for example, the xiros M180 lightweight ball bearing also uses detectable
Additional safety is ensured as the high
performance plastics do not require external lubrication. This is an extremely
important factor in the food and packaging industry where the products should
never come into contact with lubricant in the machine. igus products strictly
meet these requirements by offering lubrication-free and maintenance-free plain
bearing materials. The igus materials A181 and iglidur A350 don’t need to be actively
lubricated and are compliant with EC directive 10/2011 and FDA specifications
for repeated contact with food.