Cast Acrylic Tube and Other Plastics in the Food & Beverage Industry

Cast acrylic tube has long been an active part of the food and beverage industry. It is used in almost every capacity namely because it is inexpensive, resistant to corrosion, easy-to-sanitize, and most importantly, FDA- and USDA-approved.

Why is Acrylic Plastics Preferred in the Food and Beverage Industry?

Unlike metal and glass, acrylic will not corrode or shatter. Metals have a tendency to rust and break off over time, especially when they are used in corrosive environments such as those found in the meat and poultry processing industry.

Glass, on the other hand, can chip, crack, and shatter, resulting in thousands of pounds of food products being thrown out as a preventative. Polymers are highly durable, non-corrosive, and impact-resistant, which means that they do not add anything to the food being processed.

What Advantages Does Cast Acrylic Bring to the Food Industry?

Cast acrylic tubes and sheets offer dozens of advantages, especially when used in food processing and beverage delivery. These advantages include:

  • Superior chemical resistance
  • Meets all FDA and USDA standards
  • Excellent resistance to wear (even without lubrication)
  • Lightweight (six times lighter than stainless steel)
  • Can be changed or modified rapidly at minimal cost
  • Resistant to friction, abrasion, and chemical cleaning agents
  • Does not harden over time
  • High impact-resistance
  • Resistant to damage from cutting utensils
  • Extremely effective sealing characteristics (in both air and liquid applications)
  • Does not require protective coatings
  • Conforms to tight tolerances on machined parts
  • Low vibration and wear
  • Does not require cutting fluids for most operations
  • Parts made from plastics cost 50-75% less than those made from metal

Where is Acrylic Used in the Food and Beverage Industry?

Cast acrylic tubes, sheets, and other products are used throughout the food and beverage industry, from processing to preparation to serving and beyond. The most common applications include:

  • Food processing and prep surfaces
  • Guide rails
  • Wear strips
  • Gears and bearings
  • Processing and conveyor lines
  • Chute linings
  • Meat processing equipment (i.e., discs for meat cutters)
  • Knock out covers
  • Pump housings
  • Valve seats and coupler seals

Acrylic cast parts can even be used to replace certain metal parts in some areas of the food processing and prep industry.

Save Money and Improve Quality with Certified Cast Acrylic Tubes from US Cast

The acrylic tubes and rods manufactured by US Cast are cast according to the highest industry standards. All of our products conform to specifications of ASTM D5436 and are certified by Underwriters Laboratories (UL) to meet FDA/USDA standards specified under CFR 21 177.1010. Our acrylic products are also UL approved for flame resistance according to UL 94HB. For the best cast acrylic tubes and rods for use in the food and beverage industry, call US Cast today at 856-347-2342. 

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