Food and Beverage Processing

Food safe plastic materials keep food processing equipment running longer with lower friction and less noise

Whether it’s meat, dairy, baking or beverages, plastics improve the longevity of food processing equipment.

Curbell Plastics supplies equipment manufacturers and food processers with plastic materials and machined plastic parts that stand up to repeated cleaning cycles, reduce downtime, prevent contamination, and keep operators safe.

The low friction and outstanding wear characteristics of food-grade plastics such as nylon, acetal, and UHMW make them preferable alternatives to metal to keep machines running without the need for external lubrication.

When it comes to preventing costly recalls, some equipment manufacturers and food and pharmaceutical processors will need detectable plastics for optical, metal, and x-ray detection inspection systems.

Benefits of Plastic Materials for Food Processing:

  • Ease of fabrication
  • Noise reduction
  • Excellent bearing and wear characteristics
  • Lighter weight than metal
  • Chemical and corrosion resistance
  • FDA, USDA, and 3A Dairy compliant grades
  • Detectable grades

Plastic Materials for Food Processing Equipment Applications



Transparent, strong and stiff thermoplastic with outstanding impact resistance.



Outstanding strong, stiff, clear plastic available in a variety of brilliant colors and finishes.



Extremely tough abrasion resistant, low cost plastic, used for a wide range of wear applications.



Durable, versatile, low cost, abrasion and chemically resistant plastic material.



High strength, stiff, low friction engineering plastic with good wear properties.



Strong, stiff plastic with outstanding chemical resistance; performs over a wide range of temperatures.



Strong, stiff plastic, excellent machining characteristics, bearing and wear, and chemical resistance.

Fiberglass Industrial Belts and PTFE Heat Sealing Belts

Fiberglass Industrial Belts and PTFE Heat Sealing Belts

Belting materials are based on glass fabric material coated with PTFE or silicone. They are made to your custom width and length requirements.

Food and Beverage Processing Plastic Material Applications

  • Bearings and bushings
  • Chain guides
  • Conveyor belting
  • Cutting boards
  • Feed/timing screws
  • Filler pistons
  • Flexible tubing
  • PTFE tape for bag sealing equipment
  • Idler sprockets
  • Machine guards
  • Metal detectable machinery parts
  • UHMW profiles
  • Rollers, dough rollers
  • Spacer rods
  • Star wheels
  • Transfer nosebars
  • Trays
  • Wear strips/guide tails
  • Work area social distancing barriers
  • X-Ray detectable machinery parts

Plastics Improve Employee Safety

Transparent Machine Guards

Polycarbonate is an excellent material for food processing equipment machine guards. It provides super toughness and impact resistance compared to glass and it is easy to cut and install. 

Acrylic has better optical clarity than polycarbonate and bonds well with adhesives and solvents. 

Noise Reduction

Plastics assist in noise abatement for conveyor applications such as chain guides, feed screws, and wear strips, helping your operating plants to meet OSHA noise level requirements. 


Plastic barriers are used for social distancing in food processing plants, while still allowing operators to see each other.

Plastics for Easy Clean-Up and Hygienic Environments

Maintaining clean work stations and equipment is a top priority. FDA complaint plastics help contribute to a sanitary environment as they stand up well against the regular contact with cleaning chemicals. Many plastics are ideal for wet environments as they have low water absorption and they do not rust.

Food Processing Equipment Plastic Materials

UHMW is tough and durable. It performs well in applications such as chute liners and star wheels where low friction and excellent wear performance are required. LubX® CV is a special grade of UHMW with lower friction and superior wear properties compared with standard UHMW.

HDPE cutting board protects knives and blades while providing a durable work surface. Its excellence chemical resistance makes it the ideal material to disinfect without damaging the workstation.

Acetal has low friction, low moisture absorption, and good mechanical properties. It is used as an alternative to metal when wear performance and mechanical strength are required.

UHMW-PE tapes and PTFE tapes can be applied to metal surfaces to reduce friction and promote the flow of materials through a process.

PTFE belting is used to convey food products, especially close to ovens where elevated temperatures are a consideration.

Plastic manufacturers are sensitive to the need to detect contamination during processing.

Materials such as acetal and UHMW are available in a brilliant blue color, making them easy to discover using visual inspection. These materials are also available in X-ray detectable and metal detectable grades.

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