MRO Magazine

Advanced sealing material for food & beverage processing


January 31, 2012
By PEM Magazine

To meet the stringent sealing challenges surrounding food and beverage processing, Freudenberg Process Seals is now offering its Fluoroprene XP 40 sealing material to the North American market. This new material overcomes the limitations of EPDM (ethylene propylene diene Monomer) and other FKM materials. Normally EPDM would be the material of choice for processing applications in aqueous solutions and CIP/ SIP (Clean-In-Place / Sterilization-In-Place) media, but fails in high fat containing media. FKM is commonly used in high fat containing media at elevated temperatures, but fails in acid or basic cleaning agents.

Prior to Fluoroprene XP 40, there wasn’t a single sealing material capable of withstanding both the chemically aggressive cleaning agents and sterilizing steam, as well as the high fat concentrations or flavoring agents commonly found in processing applications. Fluoroprene XP 40 was developed as a universal sealing material able to withstand the numerous challenges associated with these various aspects of sealing. As a result, the new Fluoroprene XP 40 material eliminates the need for multiple materials, as it demonstrates high durability in all essential fields of the food and beverage industry.