Un importante sviluppo è stato raggiunto nell'industria globale dei processi, con Morgan Advanced Materials che si ritiene sia il primo produttore a introdurre porcellane da laboratorio specializzate in alimenti sicuri per l'imballaggio alimentare.
Morgan’s range of glazed laboratory porcelain tubes has been awarded food safety approval, according to both US-FDA guidelines and the German standard DIN 51032. The latter is based on the EU guideline 84/500/EWG. This certification guarantees a solubility level of lead and cadmium below standards set by these governing bodies.
Not only does this represent a major breakthrough into the food packaging market for Morgan, but it also offers a lower corrosion alternative to traditional stainless steel and polymer materials, which are currently widely used. Manufactured using Morgan’s proprietary ATP porcelain material, the company’s ceramic tubes are highly resistant to chemical corrosion, which can be caused by caustic soda, a product used to make the surfaces of packaging materials sterile.
Le caratteristiche del materiale del tubo gli conferiscono una superficie molto più liscia rispetto a quelle prodotte con materiali alternativi. Questo, a sua volta, riduce il rischio di danni quando il tubo entra in contatto con l'avvolgimento di cibo, riducendo al contempo anche il rischio di particelle che entrano negli alimenti, il che potrebbe causare problemi di sicurezza alimentare. Inoltre, poiché la vetratura è trasparente, non contiene pigmenti di ossigeno che possono essere considerati dannosi o nocivi.
Morgan’s move to secure food safety certification follows many years’ experience using ceramic materials to produce laboratory components, used in the development of creams and pastes for the pharmaceutical sector. This industry also has high requirements regarding prevention of cross contamination in materials being used in demanding environments.
Dr Michael Rozumek, Director of Research and Development at Morgan Advanced Material’s Haldenwanger GmbH site commented: “Corrosive materials are often present in food processing environments and we have long identified a gap in this market to supply a ceramic product with high density levels. The smooth glazing we add to our ceramic tubes gives them greater longevity than any other material available in this market, due largely to our world-leading application engineering and materials expertise, in other sectors such as laboratory materials, which share many of the same concerns as the food industry.”
Morgan is looking to building on this achievement by having its extended product range certified for food safety. This includes the company’s alumina materials, which are produced through casting, iso-pressing and extrusion.