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Food Grade Acetal
With a recent shift in food production away from bulk packaging necessary for restaurant supply to consumer packaging necessary for increased retail sales that resulted from the global pandemic, food producers have had to retool to accommodate the shift in demand. This combined with the continuing need to maintain high levels of food safety, has created a spike in demand for many of the plastics used in food processing, production and packaging equipment.

FDA compliant T ECAFORM® AH UD blue is a revolutionary food grade acetal plastic that processors have discovered makes them more efficient because of the unique set of detection characteristics inherent to this material. TECAFORM AH UD blue contains special additives that make it visible to metal, x-ray and vision detection systems commonly used in food manufacturing. This increases the material’s versatility and usefulness to the food producer because in the event the material inadvertently finds its way into the food product, it will remain visible to scanning equipment regardless of the scanning method being used, and thus improves production efficiency while maintaining food safety. The material is also lighter than stainless steel which increases line speed and energy efficiency.

For more information, contact Bruce Dickinson, Ensinger, 365 Meadowlands Blvd., Washington, PA 15301, 800-243-3221/856-227-0500, Fax: 724-746-9209, E-mail:, Web:

Nylon Profiles
Petro Extrusion Technologies, Inc. (PET), extrudes custom and stock nylon shapes, in FDA, heat-stabilized and MDS filled grades of Nylon 6 and Nylon 12. Semi-rigid or flexible grades are available for most custom shapes. Profiles can be made in natural, standard or custom colors as required. Petro also offers custom cut to length capabilities.

MDS modified Nyla-Glide GR profiles are best suited to protect conveyor rails, beds and products from sliding surface friction. They are also excellent as striker plates and liners, these profiles require no lubrication to lessen friction.

PET can also custom extrude profiles based on customer drawings.

For more information, contact Mike Patterson, Petro Extrusion Technologies, Inc., 205B Hal lock Ave., Middlesex, NJ 08846, 800-229-3338/ 908-789- 3338, Fax: 908-789-0434, E-mail:, Web:

Blue Acetal Copolymer
Roechling Industrial Gastonia stands for innovation in plastics, and to provide customers with state-of-the-art materials that meet the highest standards in the industry, they continually invest in new, innovative, and quality products and manufacturing technologies.

Sustarin® C (acetal copolymer) FDA Blue is now available from stock in North America; stock items include 4’x10’ sheets in thicknesses of 1/2”-2” and 2’x4’ sheets in thicknesses of 2”-4”, with additional thicknesses up to 5” available on request; rods are stocked in various diameters from .”-7”, with additional diameters available, up to 8”. Sustarin C FDA Blue features excellent strength and dimensional stabilities, ideal for high-wear environments like food processing, and is safe in food contact applications. Blue is often the preferred color for applications in the food processing industry, as potential contaminant pieces are more easily identified by visual detection than traditionally white and natural-colored materials. Sustarin C FDA Blue is produced in color number RAL 5002 by Roechling worldwide, providing global processors a consistent material color.

With locations in North Carolina, California and Ontario, Canada, Roechling conveniently ships from both coasts and Canada. With dedication to excellence, reliability, and pioneering, Roechling serves customers in many industries with continued competence and quality.

For more information, contact Alison Damery, Roechling Industrial Gastonia, 903 Gastonia Technology Pkwy., Dallas, NC 28034, 704-922-7814, Fax: 704-884-7206, E-mail:, Web:

Colored Acetal Sheet
Ensinger Penn Fibre Inc. manufactures Delrin® colored sheets from homopolymer acetal using DuPont Delrin® 150 Resin. It is a crystalline plastic which offers an excellent balance of properties to bridge the gap between metals and plastics. It possesses high tensile and flexural properties, along with creep resistance and toughness, while exhibiting low moisture absorption, and fatigue endurance.

Applications for colored Delrin sheet include: color coded parts including washers and shapes, various industrial and commercial panels, color coded shims (indicating thickness), doctor blades for rotogravure printing, containment blades for printing, point of purchase displays, stiffeners for arts & crafts and musical instruments (pics, guitar frets, bridge). Delrin 2' X 4' stocked sheets are available .031", .062" and .125" thick in red, blue, green, yellow, purple, orange, fluorescent pink, fluorescent green, natural and black.

For more information, contact Mark Kreisher, Ensinger Penn Fibre Inc., 221 S. Church Street, P.O. Box 160, Greenwood, DE 19950, 800-662-7366, Fax: 215-702-9552, E-mail:, Web:

Tubing, Strip, Sheet & Rod
Hi-Tech Profiles (HTP) has been extruding over 30 polymers since 1988. Nylon and acetal have been the most common plastic that they have processed. As illustrated in the charts in this issue, they have nearly all capability with tubing, strip, sheet and rod.

Their most common nylon is the food grade Nylon 6,6. They have also extruded experimental Nylon 6/12. Their Nylon 11 and 12 has been used for fuse tubes and for Formula one race cars. The sheet line has made millions of feet of Nylon 6,6 and MDS/Nylon 6,6 that has been slit down to minimal width of 1/2”. The most common thickness is 0.062”, 0.093” and 0.125”. They are installing a new sheet extruder that will have the capability to 70” wide.

Their most common Acetal is Dupont’s Delrin® 150. They also extrude several brands of copolymer. The bulk of their extrusion is in the form of bushing stock and hollow rod. Their extrude sheet varies in thicknesses from 0.030” to 0.125” and can be slit down. They have not made any Acetal Slab thus far, but they are excited with the new line. If the volumes are there, a thicker die will be purchased to maximize your needs.

For more information, contact William Kuhn, Hi-Tech Profiles, 401 Main St., Ashaway, RI 02804, 800-342-5495, Fax: 401-377-2423, E-mail:, Web:

Food & Agricultural Nylon
Nylatech, Inc. is celebrating their 25th year in business. They recently added a CNC panel saw to offer cut-to-size for all their cast nylon and acetal materials. They specialize in manufacturing cast nylon 6 and 6/12 as rod, sheet and tubular bar as well as finished or semifinished custom cast components. Available in a variety of grades these materials offer a range of properties from self-lubricating with a low coefficient of friction to increased impact resistance.

Nylatech offers food grade materials that are high quality, long-lasting, certified and tested for safety and qualification in the food processing industry. They supply components for a wide variety of uses in food processing including: conveying, packing, bottling, and canning. All of their materials are certified and tested for safety and qualification in the food industry.

Benefits of Nylatech food grade materials include: exceptional resistance to wear and abrasion, high impact strength, self-lubricating, corrosion and chemical resistance, low co-efficient of friction, high visibility and colors for increased safety and lightweight.

Typical applications include; scrolls, wear plates, chain guides, bushings, sprockets, dough chains/cutters, bumper blocks, conveyors, pulleys & sheaves and conveyor chains.

Nylatech also supplies engineering cast nylon parts to manufacturers and suppliers within the Agricultural industry. They have worked with experts within the industry to develop new components for agricultural equipment that are cost effective and add to production efficiencies. Agricultural applications include: pipe clamps, bearing blocks, bearing housings, chain guides, gears, wear strips and pads, scrapers and bespoke components.

For more information, contact Calvin Petersen, Nyla tech, Inc., P.O. Box 455, Everson, WA 98247, 800-506-9566/360- 966-2838, Fax: 360-966-2838, E-mail:, Web:

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