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Food and Dairy

Food and Dairy

Silicone Rubber in the Food and Dairy Industries

Silicone is used for many applications in the food processing and dairy industries. It is inert, has non-stick properties and is resilient to extreme high and low temperatures. Viking Extrusions manufacture silicone rubber seals and gaskets which are supplied to customers worldwide.  

Applications

Food Processing

The tight regulations of the food processing industry call for a material that can satisfy health and safety requirements. Silicone rubber is the material of choice for such applications, its high operating temperatures and positive sealing properties make it well suited for mixing and cooking processes. Silicone can be supplied in extruded seals or cut gaskets for many food processing applications including oven door seals, freezer seals and gaskets on mixing machines. All the material supplied by Viking Extrusions is FDA approved and completely safe for contact with food.

Dairy

Silicone rubber is increasingly being used to replace organic rubbers in the dairy industry. The strength, temperature and hygiene properties of the material make it a robust solution for dairy applications.

Hygiene, Flexibility and Durability

  • Our general-purpose material (VGP) and platinum cured (VPLT) has a smooth surface finish when extruded. This makes tubing easier to clean and reduces the risk of harmful bacteria build up.
  • Silicone rubber maintains its properties at temperatures as low as -60°C, meaning flexible tubing that does not crack or split in freezing temperatures.
  • Our grades of silicone rubber are durable with high tear and tensile strengths. This ensures long service life when subjected to the daily wear and dear of usage in the dairy industry.

Learn more about the range of products we manufacture.

Material

General Purpose Silicone

Our general-purpose silicone is the ideal solution for a diverse range of food and daily applications. It is naturally translucent, making it suitable for uses such as brewery tubing. The material is easily pigmented and can be matched to any required colour. Operating temperatures are from -60°C to + 200°C (special high temperature grades can withstand up to 300°C).

Accreditations

  • FDA Compliant to 21 CFR 177.2600
  • WRC approved to M103580/A-H
  • EC1935/2004
  • German B f R compliance chapter XV
  • Certified to USP Class VI
  • Free from Phthalate
  • Free from TSE/BSE bi-products.

Metal Detectable Silicones

For food processing applications we offer metal detectable silicone from 45° shore A to 75° shore A. This material is FDA approved and conforms to EC directive 1935/2004.

Platinum Cured

Viking Extrusions also offer platinum cured silicone rubber which eradicates the use of peroxide catalyst during processing. Platinum cured silicone if often used for dairy tubing due to its high tear strength characteristics.

Learn More

To learn more about how Viking Extrusions can assist with projects in the food and dairy industries, please contact one of our technical advisors.