Plastics for Food

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  1. Why blue food grade materials exist

    Have you ever seen "food grade" and wondered what made those materials different? While USDA, 3A, NSF, etc have different certifications and requirements to be met, in general there are things that help differentiate these materials for food contact. In recent years, there has been a stronger and stronger push for "food grade" materials to be blue in color specifically...
  2. DuPont Delrin® AF Blend, not for food grade applications

    Homopolymer Acetal (or DuPont Delrin®) is one of the more versatile and popular plastics for job shops to machine. Acetal has great physical properties, is easy on tooling and both DuPont Homopolymer Delrin® and Copolymer Acetal can be found in stock at any reputable plastics distributor. DuPont Delrin® AF is an enhanced version of Acetal that can help DuPont Delrin®...
  3. Import vs. Domestic Plastics Materials

    When it comes to cars or perhaps beer, we generally associate imports with higher performance or quality craftsmanship (depending on your taste of course). For the most part, we can all find something good about our favorite import beer or perhaps a European sports or luxury car that sets them apart in our mind. In plastics, there are many companies...
  4. Why can't I get that color in plastic?

    One of the cool things about plastics over traditional materials is the variety of colors it can be made in. Everyone can relate to something that was made out of a plastic in some sort of cool color that made their product standout. In the graphics or decorative world of plastics, colors are somewhat easy to come by and are...
  5. Beware… Plastics Aren’t Always What They Seem To Be

    Here's a real life experience we would like to share with everyone: Plastics International has had a long history of stocking 30% GF Ultem for one of our OEM customers. Their Machine Shop vendors were directed to order the material from Plastics International to ensure the material would be consistent for quality, responsibility and traceability for the life of the...
  6. What Makes a Plastic Food Grade?

    It's amazing today how many things are made using some sort of plastic material. Every day items from electronics to security products to health and wellness products, they all benefit in some way from plastic materials. Sometimes the benefits are cost related, other benefits might be design or physical properties related. For whatever the reason, there seems to be no...