Silicone tubing is a versatile material used for a wide range of applications. In food production and processing facilities, food grade silicone tubing is the safest option.
Here Are Some Benefits:
Silicone remains chemically inert in the presence of most substances, including acids, bases, oils and other chemicals commonly encountered in food production. It does not react with or absorb food ingredients, flavours or processing chemicals. This inertness prevents contamination of food products flowing through silicone tubes.
Silicone tubing can withstand temperatures from -65°F to over 500°F without losing flexibility or strength. This makes it suitable for high temperature and cryogenic applications in food manufacturing. Silicone can withstand the heat from HVAC, steam lines, ovens, fryers and other equipment.
Silicone rubber is biologically inert, making it non-toxic and easy for regulatory agencies to approve for food contact. There are no harmful chemicals leached from silicone into the foods it transports. This means silicone tubing poses no risk of poisoning or irritation from tube materials.
Silicone has a closed cell structure that is impervious to liquids. This non-porous nature prevents bacteria from becoming trapped in microscopic crevices where they can survive cleaning. Silicone tubing is easy to sterilize and sanitize between uses.
Resistance to Mildew and Bacteria
Silicone is naturally resistant to bacterial and fungal growth due to its chemical structure. There are no nooks and crannies where microorganisms can adhere. This means silicone tubing requires less cleaning and sanitizing than rubber or plastic alternatives.
Applications Of Food Grade Silicone Tubing
Food grade silicone tubing offers an exceptional combination of chemical resistance, heat tolerance, durability and flexibility that makes it ideal for food contact applications like:
- Oil transfer
- Marinade injection
- Sauce dispensing
- Beverage transfer
- Compressed air lines
- Vacuum lines