Plastic Bearings Seizing on Food Processing Machinery

Curbell worked with manufacturer to identify a low friction FDA compliant plastic material that solved the problem

filling food manufacturingA manufacturer of food processing machinery was receiving numerous complaints from customers due to plastic bearings seizing on their machines. This was causing costly downtime at food plants and it was damaging the company’s reputation.

They tried several different FDA compliant plastics for the bearings but they were unable to solve the problem.

Low Friction Plastic

The machinery manufacturer’s engineers reached out to Curbell’s plastics experts for ideas. They explored the problem in the context of triboscience (the science and technology of interacting surfaces in relative motion) and they identified a low friction plastic material that solved the problem.


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