Lubrication-free igus linear axis in hygienic design for clean use
Published on : Monday 21-02-2022
drylin ZLW toothed belt axis with FDA-compliant materials can be cleaned quickly and is maintenance-free thanks to tribopolymer technology.
February 2022 – The time-consuming cleaning of machines leads to longer and expensive downtimes in many companies in the food industry. To reduce this effort, igus is now launching a ready-to-connect toothed belt axis on the market, which is constructed according to the guidelines of hygienic design. It relies on FDA-compliant materials and the advantages of the lubrication-free and maintenance-free high-performance plastics from the motion plastics specialist.
After mixing waffle batter, clean the bowl and mixing sticks: an unruly business. Large bakeries can tell you a thing or two about it. They face the challenge of regularly cleaning huge vats and mixers - including the linear axes and linear carriages on which the mixers lower themselves into the containers. If classic linear axes are used here, there is a great risk that dough scraps will be deposited in hard-to-reach places, making cleaning considerably more difficult and possibly posing a risk of contamination. "In order to reduce the cleaning of systems in the food industry or even in the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries, we have now expanded our portfolio of ZLW toothed belt axes," says Michael Hornung, igus Product Manager for drylin linear and drive technology. "The new model can be cleaned particularly quickly and thoroughly - whether with high-pressure steam jets, chemicals or simply running water. This also increases product safety."
The new linear axis is easy to clean because the design engineers at igus followed the guidelines of hygienic design during development. Undercuts in the entire system are minimised where food remnants could accumulate. Likewise, there are no gaps that can occur, for example, if screw heads disappeared into a recess in order to be flush with the surface. "We deliberately avoided countersinking the screws. True to the motto: "Form follows functionality, in this case easy cleaning," emphasises Hornung. Equally important: rounded corners, which ensure that water can flow better during high-pressure cleaning and carry dirt particles along more easily. Water cannot deposit and the formation of germs is reduced. Wherever a dead end was unavoidable, boreholes ensure that liquid drains away completely.