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In the food processing industry, materials and practices must meet strict health and safety standards. The industry makes heavy use of metal-based equipment and machinery for a wide range of material handling, inspection, packaging, shipping and processing applications. Each of these metal products must maintain high levels of sterility, while reducing or eliminating the friction and static that can slow down manufacturing lines and conveyor belts.
Stainless steel is one of the most widely used metal products in the food processing industry. The most common type of stainless steel is 304/304L (UNS S30400), which has excellent corrosion resistance and is non-magnetic. Other types include 303, 316/316L and 17-4 PH, which display similar characteristics with slight variations. Specialized processes like heat treatments can alter the performance characteristics of these metals as needed.
After decades of U.S. research, the Environmental Protection Agency has registered brass, bronze and over 350 other copper-based alloys as “antimicrobial” in nature. This is good news for food processing plants; while they must still adhere to stringent infection control practices, their use of antimicrobial copper can help to reduce antimicrobial contamination.
Farmers Copper is one of the leading U.S. suppliers of antimicrobial copper and specialized stainless steel products, offering a comprehensive selection of metals for a wide range of food processing applications. Customers can select from raw materials, pre-cast parts or custom-built parts and accessories, and our industry-leading metal cutting and shaping tools provide cost-effective, high-performance custom solutions to meet your unique needs. Most importantly, all of our work is guaranteed and subject to strictly enforced ISO-9001 standards.
To learn more about our copper, stainless steel and metal alloy products, or to request project-specific pricing, please contact our team. One of our knowledgeable customer service representatives will be happy to assist you.