Metal Detectable Plastic Sheet Manufactured from 100% Recycled Material
New ECC Detectable Products Metal Detectable Plastic Sheet Manufactured from 100% Recycled Material
By: Sean R Smith
Within the food and pharmaceutical industries there is an ever-present risk of contamination that, if undetected, can result in damage to equipment, costs incurred through product recalls, harm to the company's reputation and, in the worst case, serious injury to somebody inadvertently consuming the contaminant. A relatively straightforward measure that can be taken is to use only metal implements - such as spatulas, scoops and scrapers - and install an inline metal detection system that can detect any metallic contamination of the product and automatically reject it.
However, there are drawbacks with this approach. For instance, metal implements are costly, especially if manufactured from stainless steel, they can be heavy, and the geometries that can be created at a reasonable cost are somewhat limited. In some cases, therefore, plastic implements are used, with the polymer grade selected so as to minimise the chance of breakage. Nevertheless, using plastic implements carries with it a risk that small fragments could contaminate the product and remain undetected.
New EU hygiene legislation is due to take affect on 1 January 2006, with the primary objective being to optimise public health protection by improving and modernising the existing EU legislation. The new legislation maintains, and sets out more clearly, the duty of food business operators to produce food safely. This is a r equirem ent that is contained in current legislation and is underpinned in general food law. Requirements for food business operators are laid down in the new EU Regulation 852/2004.
It is intended that the more risk-based and flexible procedures will better match the needs of individual businesses and enforcement agencies. This will be facilitated by the introduction of food safety management procedures based on the application of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) principles. HACCP-based principles are widely regarded throughout the EU and in most developed countries as crucial to the management of food safety and, in turn, consumer protection. On 1 January 2006 it will become a legal requirement for all food businesses (except primary producers) to put in place, implement and maintain a permanent procedure or procedures based on HACCP principles.
These principles prescribe a certain number of requirements that must be met throughout the cycle of production, processing and distribution in order to permit, via hazard analysis, identification of the critical points that need to be kept under control in order to guarantee food safety: identify any hazards that must be prevented, eliminated or reduced to acceptable levels; identify the critical control points at the step or steps at which control is essential; establish critical limits beyond which intervention is necessary; establish and implement effective monitoring procedures at critical control points; establish corrective actions when monitoring indicates th at a critical control point is not under control; implement own-check procedures to verify whether the measures adopted are working effectively;
Taking the above into consideration, E-Components & Chains/Detectamet Limited of Pocklington UK are pleased to announce the launch of their New Detectamet Metal Detectable Plastic . Manufactured from 100% recycled Metal Detectable Plastic and specifically developed for the Food, Pharmaceutical, Packaging, Bottling & Canning, General Engineering Industries this unique Detectamet Metal Deectable Plastic offers:
• Metal Detectable
• X Ray Visible
• Excellent wear resistance
• High Impact Resistant
• Easy to Machine
• Abrasion Resistant
• Water repell ant
• Chemical resistant
• Corrosion resistant
• Vibration & noise dampening
• Blue Colour
• Chemical Resistant
• Cost Effective
• Dirt Repellant
• Suitable for low temperature environments
• Available in Sheet Sizes: 3mt x 1mt, 2mt x 1mt, 1.25mt x 1mt
• From 6mm – 160mm Thickness
Typical applications include: Wear Strips, Guide Rails, Corner Wearbends, Chain Guides, Bearings, Bushes, Scrapers, Rollers, Idler Wheels, Liners, General Machined Parts.
E - Components & Chains registered in England with company number 5103699.
E-Components and C hains Ltd / Detectamet Ltd Unit 2A
Pocklington IND EST
Tel: +44 (0) 1759 304200
Fax: +44 (0) 1759 305236
www.detectamet.com or www.ecc-ltd.co.uk
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ECC Detectable Products manufacture and supply Detectable Products and Metal Detectable Products including Metal Detectable Pens etc for the food & pharma industries around the world