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New local expert for food and beverage sealing solutions

13 November 2017

Dichtomatik UK Ltd becomes the exclusive local provider for Freudenberg Sealing Technologies’ food and beverage sector in the UK. 

Freudenberg Sealing Technologies is the world’s leading specialist for high-quality sealing solutions for the food and beverage sector. As Dichtomatik UK Ltd is a part of Freudenberg Sealing Technologies, this enables the company to provide UK customers with local support and local availability, resulting in shorter delivery times and even higher service levels.

As the official UK representative, Dichtomatik UK is now the exclusive source for Freudenberg food and beverage sealing solutions, providing the full range from its purpose-built, fully automated warehouse in Derby. Dichtomatik is also providing technical support and customer service to the UK market.

Outstanding product and material expertise makes Freudenberg the preferred partner for any customer requiring high-performance seals and services for demanding applications in the process industry. Whenever hygiene is a critical factor, the company offers special product solutions like dead-space-free seals and certified elastomeric and plastic materials that conform to FDA and EU regulations regarding food safety.

The food industry includes a wide variety of applications with distinct requirements. Here, the diversity of products and the use of numerous flavours can have varying effects on sealing materials. For instance, in breweries, seals have to withstand wort, beerstone and the essential oils of hops, while in dairies, they must offer long-term resistance to fatty and protein-rich products.

In the production of chocolate, fatty ingredients are sometimes heated to a very high temperature, which again provides a challenge for seals. Likewise, seals used in ice cream production have to cope with extreme temperature fluctuations. Jam manufacturing is another demanding process, where pieces of fruit and crystallised sugar are a source of seal abrasion and wear. 

To exacerbate the situation, food and beverage manufacturing equipment is increasingly operated at full capacity, which requires more frequent product changes and cleaning cycles. With this in mind, Freudenberg offers materials that minimise flavour transfer and reduce the impact of frequent product changes.

Among current examples of the innovation levels available is the Hygienic Usit® washer, which makes hygienic screw connections possible as it offers a sealing design that prevents the formation of a breeding ground for bacteria under the screw head. The Hygienic Usit hermetically closes off the area between the screw head and the surface, using geometry that guarantees excellent cleanability of the connection. The Hygienic Usit is available in three different material variants that comply to all industry specific legal regulations and withstand CIP-/SIP cleaning processes as well as demanding process media and conditions.

All Dichtomatik UK staff are highly skilled and trained on the special sealing requirements of the food and beverage industry. Providing specific product and material expertise locally is a vital part of the co-operation project.


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