Freudenberg-NOK to Offer First Low-Temperature FKM Available for Food and Beverage Industry

Visitors are welcome to visit Freudenberg-NOK in booth #303 at the IBDEA conference on March 17-21 in Phoenix, Ariz.

Mar 17, 2016, 10:00 ET from Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies

PLYMOUTH, Mich., March 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies will showcase a trio of globally-certified sealing materials, including a new low temperature FKM that is being readied for use in the European food and beverage industry, at the 2016 International Beverage Dispensing Equipment Association (IBDEA) conference this week. The new material, 70 FKM 425727, will be the first low-temperature FKM that complies with both EC 1935/2004 and FDA food and beverage regulations.

70 FKM 425727 has been formulated from an existing FDA-compliant, highly successful low temperature FKM in use in the United States. That material has now been reformulated for use in European food and beverage applications and it is in the final stages of certification.

"70 FKM 425727 is the latest material from Freudenberg-NOK to address global requirements," said Rory Pawl, P.E., Director of Sales, North America, Process Industry Sector. In a world that is increasingly global, Freudenberg-NOK offers customers a complete product portfolio of materials and elastomeric sealing solutions that perform in challenging environments while concurrently meeting multiple international food and beverage material standards.

"We maintain a comprehensive database of CIP/SIP compatibility, flavor transfer characteristics and international regulations and certifications, and we continuously validate our products against these standards," Pawl continued. "This kind of proactive research has allowed us to manufacture sealing solutions that function flawlessly in aggressive environments while meeting international food and beverage standards."

70 FKM 425727 demonstrates dramatically improved low temperature flexibility over conventional FKM materials as temperatures approach 0˚ C (32˚ F) and lower. The material is highly resistant to low and high ratio syrups, treated municipal water and cleaning solutions and is particularly well suited for use in dynamic seal applications due to its high wear resistance.

Freudenberg-NOK will also showcase two other premier globally certified food and beverage industry materials, Fluoroprene® XP and 70 EPDM 291.

Fluoroprene XP is a family of highly fluorinated premium universal materials approved for use in Europe and the United States that can be used by the food and beverage industry in the most demanding sealing situations. Freudenberg-NOK's Fluoroprene XP portfolio consists of five materials that are available in two hardness grades. The appropriate compound is chosen based on the area of application and the need to bond to metal or fabric.

Fluoroprene XP combines the positive attributes of EPDM, VMQ and FKM while offering universal media resistance in all critical areas of the food and beverage industry. The material is stable in a wide range of temperatures and demonstrates low capacity to absorb and transfer flavors from product media.

The company's 70 EPDM 291, in particular, is impressive for its mechanical properties, which change comparatively little after contact with cleaning agents. The material demonstrates very good stability in acids, bases, polar solvents and CIP/SIP media. It is stable in water and steam to 180 °C (356 °F) and has very good resistance to aging, ozone and light. Like Fluoroprene XP, 70 EPDM 291 complies with European and American food and beverage specifications.

The IBDEA conference is taking place March 17-21 in Phoenix, Ariz. Visitors are welcome to visit Freudenberg-NOK in booth #303 at the event.

About Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies
Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies is the Americas joint venture between Freudenberg and Co. in Germany and NOK Corp. in Japan. Freudenberg-NOK is a leading producer of advanced sealing technologies for a variety of markets including: aerospace; agriculture; appliance; automotive; construction; diesel engine; energy; food and beverage; heavy industry; and pharmaceutical. Founded in 1989 under the legal name Freudenberg-NOK General Partnership, Freudenberg-NOK is headquartered in Plymouth, Mich. and operates more than 20 facilities across the Americas. For additional information, please visit www.fnst.com.

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