plastics metal detectable food

Metal detectable plastics

The detection of foreign bodies during processing and packaging of food plays a fundamental role in ensuring safety, quality and avoidance of plastic contamination in food. To meet this need, we offer a range of compliant materials and ID series, specially dedicated for use in the food industry.

All food grade plastics from the ID series are produced by adding a detectable additive. This ensures that each fragment can be identified rapidly using a standard metal detector present in the production line, in the event of breakage of a component made from one of these materials during production. Additionally, the blue colouration of the material is designed to facilitate optical detection by the operator or using a camera, whatever the type of food in which the fragment has contaminated.

ID series products for metal detection

ID series products are detectable using a metal detector to achieve greater safety in food production lines. ID plastics are available in rods and plates, in a wide range of sizes, and are available in many different variants to meet application requirements:

  • TECAPEEK ID blue - based on Victrex PEEK polymer, has high mechanical strength, excellent chemical resistance and is able to withstand high operating temperatures
  • TECAFORM AH ID blue and TECAFORM AH ID grey - the most popular food grade plastics in this field. This acetal food grade material ensures high dimensional stability and machinability - characteristics necessary for the production of precision components. Its high resistance to sterilisers and low moisture absorption makes this material ideal for a wide range of applications in the food industry
  • TECAMID 6 ID blue - this blue nylon is characterised by a very high tenacity, which further reduces the risk of brittle breakage of the components
  • TECAFINE PE 90 ID blue - food grade polyethylene has exceptional wear resistance for sliding applications, even at low temperatures

All products in the ID series comply with the strict requirements of the food industry and are subject to migration tests required by the regulation (EU) 10/2011. The raw material used also meets FDA requirements.

Acetal Food Grade POM Plastic Material TECAFORM AH ID blue

TECAFORM AH ID blue

​TECAFORM AH ID inductive detectable POM-C is modified with a metal detectable filler that provides excellent protection while monitoring for unwanted particulates.
Food Grade Nylon Plastic Material TECAMID 6 ID blue

TECAMID 6 ID blue

This PA 6 is modified with an metal detectable filler, and is likewise pigmented with a food-compliant blue colorant...
PEEK Food Compliance Plastic Material TECAPEEK ID blue

TECAPEEK ID blue

TECAPEEK ID blue is a metal detectable PEEK made with Victrex® PEEK polymer.

Applications of detectable peek materialS in food technology

POM ID blue, food grade detectable, Scraper
Acetal Food Grade POM Plastic Material TECAFORM AH ID blue

Food scraper

made of TECAFORM AH ID blue

Food Scraper in safety with POM-C detectable

In the food industry, most filling machines use a scraper in the funnel to ensure a constant flow of the food. In this component for meat or sausage meat, the customer was used to making the scraper of TECAFORM AH natural, an acetal food grade, but decided to change to using TECAFORM AH ID blue in order to improve detection of any plastic contamination in food.

There are numerous engineering components of plant and equipment used to produce and pack food which can be replaced with plastic materials from the ID series, ranging from the dairy industry to meat processing, to the confectionery sector and bakery. In each of these areas, greater safety and weight reductions due to the use of these materials results in tangible energy savings and lower costs.