Advanced plastics keep Engineering & Export Services a cut above

Supplier: Cut to Size Plastics By: Pat Flood
07 March, 2017

Food and beverage specialists Engineering & Export Services are benefitting from the high quality products and service provided by Cut To Size Plastics, a leader in UHMWPE and other advanced plastics.

Engineering & Export Services uses the plastics, which include Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMWPE), High Density Polyethylene (HDPE), Acetal and Nylon, for machine components and wear parts in conveyors, cutting boards and wear strips for the food and beverage industry.

"In addition to the plastics being of a high quality, Cut To Size always has good stock availability at affordable prices. Their staff are willing to go the extra mile when we need materials in a hurry, which is incredibly valuable to us," says Craig Marchant, General Manager, Engineering & Export Services.

"We supply components used to build conveyors for industries like chicken, meat and bottling, so we need a reliable plastics supplier," said Marchant, whose business is a family owned company established in 1962. Engineering & Export Services sell to major food and beverage companies like Coca-Cola Amatil, Lion and Asahi (Schweppes) Australia.

Cut To Size Plastics has more than 35 years' experience in manufacturing components for applications across the Asia-Pacific from its head office in Sydney where facilities include CNC machining coupled with GibbsCAM™ and Solidworks™ software. It also offers in-depth advice on the best product for particular jobs.

The company specialises in UHMWPE, which has a high strength, chemical corrosion resistance as well as high slip and self-lubricating properties, making it one of the toughest and most versatile thermoplastics in the world.

Cut To Size NSW Manager, Pat Flood says that UHMWPE is ideal for the food and beverage industry. "For a start, it's odourless, tasteless, and nontoxic. But what makes it even more useful is the high slip, self-lubricating properties, which mean that no food, liquid or waste gets caught in conveyor parts, for example. This saves a lot of maintenance, repairs and downtime in the long run," said Flood.

Other food and beverage plastics

HDPE has excellent impact strength and can be easily formed and machined using conventional equipment. It is commonly used in the production of plastic bottles and can be recycled after use. 

Wearace™ Acetal has high strength and rigidity as well as good sliding properties and wear resistance at low moisture absorption, making it an ideal plastic for wheels and rollers. It is also suitable for food contact applications in its natural form.

Wearlon™ Nylon has very high wear resistance and good machinability, making it an ideal component for sprockets, bearings, chain wheels and guides. It comes in a range of different Polyamides (PA) to suit different applications. Further details can be found on the Cut To Size website.