Freudenberg Sealing Technologies Process Seals Introduces Food-Grade Material for Guide Bands

Freudenberg Sealing Technologies Process Seals Introduces Food-Grade Material
                               for Guide Bands

New PTFE compound increases service life for valves

PR Newswire

PLYMOUTH, Mich., Sept. 5, 2013

PLYMOUTH, Mich., Sept. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Freudenberg Sealing
Technologies Process Seals will introduce its new polytetrafluoroethylene
(PTFE) compound Y005 at Drinktec 2013 in Munich (Sept. 16-20, 2013, Hall A 4,
stand 441). Developed especially for use in guide bands on valves that come
into contact with foodstuffs, the material complies with the regulations of
the FDA and European Union (EC Regulation 10/2011) and also prolongs service
life.

Guide bands compensate for lateral forces and extrusion in valves, which means
that the materials used must be extremely pressure-resistant. At the same
time, the guide bands must have a certain degree of flexibility in order not
to be damaged during assembly. The previously used combinations of carbon and
PTFE achieved good service life but were not recommended for food device
engineering. A benchmark test of comparable guide bands showed that they were
not capable of withstanding great force in valves; the direct consequence
being greater wear and thus shorter service life.

The main reasons for developing the special PTFE compound Y005 were therefore
to achieve a targeted balance between pressure resistance and flexibility,
authorization for contact with food, and resistance to CIP (Cleaning-In-Place)
and SIP (Sterilization-In-Place) cleaning products.  Both at 80 degrees C and
120 degrees C Freudenberg's special PTFE compound displays up to 75 percent
less tendency to extrusion than other materials authorized for food contact.

The preliminary introduction of Y005 guide bands in series production of
valves has shown outstanding results. Device manufacturers confirm that this
special PTFE compound has a very good price / performance ratio because of the
long service lives achieved. These food-grade guide bands are currently
available as standard products in over 40 different sizes, with diameters from
19 to 100 mm and a variety of widths.

Drinktec 2013, which takes place at the Messe Munchen exhibition center in
Munich, is expected to attract over 1,400 exhibitors from more than 70
countries. For more information on Freudenberg products, including the Y005
compound, please visit the company's booth in Hall A4, booth 441 or visit our
website at www.fst.com

About Freudenberg Sealing Technologies

The technology specialist Freudenberg Sealing Technologies is a supplier,
development and service partner for customers from a variety of market
segments, such as the automotive industry, civil aviation, mechanical
engineering and shipbuilding, food processing and pharmaceuticals, or the
agricultural and construction machinery industry. On the basis of the
Simmerring® developed by Freudenberg in 1929, Freudenberg Sealing Technologies
now has a broad and continuously customer-oriented product portfolio of seals.
Based on detailed process knowledge, innovative development methods and
selected materials, the range includes both customized individual solutions as
well as complete seal packages.

Together with its partners NOK Corporation, Japan, Sigma Freudenberg NOK,
India, and NOK-Freudenberg Group China, Freudenberg Sealing Technologies forms
a global network which aims to supply its customers all over the world with
products of the same high quality.

In fiscal 2012, the largest business group of Freudenberg generated sales of
more than 1.68 billion euros and had a workforce of about 12,000 employees.
The company is part of the Freudenberg Group whose business areas Nonwovens,
Seals and Vibration Control Technology, Household Products and Specialties and
Others generated sales of more than 6.3 billion euros in 2012 with a workforce
of 37,453 in 57 countries.

SOURCE Freudenberg Sealing Technologies Process Seals

Website: http://www.fst.com/
Contact: Cheryl Eberwein, Director, Media Relations, Office: +1 734 354 7373,
E-Mail: cheryl.eberwein@fnst.com, or Lisa Gentile, Public Relations, Office:
+1 734 354 5439, E-Mail: lisa.gentile@fnst.com
 
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