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The Harsh Environment of Food Processing Facilities Requires the Right Materials

To achieve optimum performance, and reduce maintenance, it is crucial for food processing equipment to use the right electrical connectors.

The machinery, refrigeration, and heat of  food processing plants, coupled with chemicals, water and other elements, cause corrosion to electrical connections over time. This results in maintenance and loss of production, as well as huge safety issues.

There are so many choices, and each suitable for different applications.

Here we outline your choices to help you decide which is best.

All of the connector materials listed below are FDA approved for use in food processing, and are corrosion resistant to different extents, in different environments. For a personal consultation, contact a Remke expert.

This list of materials and benefits is taken from a Remke Whitepaper, Cord Connector Material Selection for Harsh Environments.

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CORD GRIP & CABLE GLANDS: Material Selection Guide 

Stainless Steel Connectors

  • Highest levels of durability in highly corrosive environments that are filled with acids, chemicals or chlorine-bearing agents
  • Exceptional tensile strength with excellent fatigue and impact resistance
  • Cleanable and hygienic smooth, minimally porous surface; Low maintenance
  • Operating temperature -60°F to +1000° F
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Valox® Connectors

  • Suitable for FDA mandated washdown environments
  • Health-care grade Valox meets FDA regulations for food contact
  • Won’t absorb moisture; superior corrosion-resistance
  • Excellent resistance to chemicals, high temperatures and impact
  • Operating temperature -40°F to +248° F

Nickel-Plated Aluminum Connectors

  • Resists corrosion from alkali’s and weak acids
  • Prevents rusting by moisture and high humidity
  • Suitable for applications where wear-resistance is required
  • Light-weight, lower-cost alternative to stainless steel
  • Operating temperature -40°F to +500° F

 

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MOLDED CONNECTORS & CORDSETS: Material Selection Guide

Overmolding and Cable Materials

TPE Connectors

  • Excellent resistance to oils, fats, fruits, juices, vegetables, dairy, tomatoes, wine and vinegar
  • Durable and abrasion resistant
  • Use in submerged applications with constant bending and flexing
  • Resistance to chlorinated alkaline cleaners, detergents, sanitizers and lubricants
  • Operating temperature -60°F to +275° F

PUR Connectors

  • Excellent resistance to oils, fats, fruits, juices, vegetables, dairy, tomatoes, wine and vinegar
  • Good resistance to food industry soils and chemicals
  • Use in cold temperatures and freezer environments
  • Abrasion-resistant for high-abuse areas
  • 1200 PSI washdown rated
  • Operating temperature -40°F to +176° F

Silicone Connectors

  • Best for high-temperature areas or those with extreme temperature changes
  • Resists high-molecular oils, fats from vegetables and animals, diluted acids and lye
  • Excellent for cold temperatures and freezer environments
  • Good abrasion resistance
  • Operating temperature -58°F to +356° F

Hardware Materials for Molded Cordsets

Stainless Steel

  • Highest levels of durability in highly corrosive environments that are filled with acids, chemicals or chlorine-bearing agents
  • Exceptional tensile strength with excellent fatigue and impact resistance
  • Cleanable and hygienic smooth, minimally porous surface; Low maintenance
  • Operating temperature -60°F to +1000° F

PEEK Polymers

  • Outperforms metal hardware in many aggressive environments
  • Cost-effective alternative to Stainless Steel
  • Resists a wide-range of chemicals including common solvents, acids, bases and salts
  • Scratch-resistant with excellent wear-resistance in steam or high-water-pressure
  • Suited for continuous high-temperature use up to +1000° F

Non-Metallic

  • Resistance to chemicals, including hydrocarbons, fuels, solvents and neutral chemicals
  • Lightweight with high fatigue endurance
  • High tensile strength for durability and impact resistance
  • Very low moisture absorption
  • Operating temperature -40°F to +290° F

Nickel-Plated Brass

  • Improves appearance, hardness and long-term wear by preventing pitting and corrosion
  • Rated for up to 150 PSI; rustproof
  • Resistant to salt water, weak acids & alkalis, esters, ketones, and ether, as well as mineral, animal and vegetable oil
  • Operating temperature -40°F to +212° F

Contact a Remke expert to find the right electrical connector for your application or request a quote today!