We know that not everyone will be an expert in Antimicrobial, X-ray/Metal Detectable or Thermal Polymer technology - That's what we're here for!
With that in mind, please find below some answers to questions you may have regarding our various processes and terminologies.
Antimicrobial VS Antibacterial?
What is an antimicrobial product?
Antimicrobial products kill or prevent the growth of microbes.
How do antimicrobials kill bacteria?
Different antimicrobial agents kill bacteria by different methods, depending on the type of bacteria. Some inhibit DNA replication, some prevent bacteria from making proteins and some prevent the synthesis of cell walls.
Antimicrobial refers to preventing the spread of microbes (bacteria, fungi, mould and some viruses), while antibacterial refers to preventing the development of bacteria.
The ability to be detected and rejected by an industrial metal detection system, designed to sense varying degrees of ferromagnetic, non-ferromagnetic and non-magnetic metals.
Any applications where there is a risk of small fragments entering the production flow e.g. tags, straps, pallets, seals etc. These fragments need to be detected to minimise the risk of them entering the consumer chain.
What are metal/X-ray detectable plastics used for?
The ability to absorb sufficient X-rays such that there is a noticeable difference in intensity (grey value) in the final image between a foreign body and food product.
What does X-ray detectable mean?
What does metal detectable mean?
What is thermal conductivity?
What is a polymer?
A material made of long, repeating chains of molecules. Common examples are plastics and rubbers.
What is the difference between thermoplastic and thermoset polymers?
Thermoplastics - The individual molecular chains are not strongly cross-linked, allowing the material to be repeatedly melted and solidified (think of candle wax or water/ice).
Thermosets - The individual molecular chains are tightly cross-linked, meaning once the material is hardened into a form, it will no longer melt or flow (think of boiling an egg).
The measure of a material's ability to conduct heat. Materials of relatively high thermal conductivity are commonly used for heat sink applications, whereas materials of low thermal conductivity (insulating) are used for thermal insulation.