Yes it is. Seeflex 040E conforms to Regulations (EC) 10/2011, 1935/2004 and 2023/2006 for materials and articles intended to come into contact with food. Refer to our Compliance Declaration here.
Yes, the silicone is post-cured which makes it food grade.
Seeflex 040E is very strong and has been used with sugar, crystallized lactose, aggregates etc. Installing with an internal flow correction system is an additional way to further improve the system and avoid undue abrasion.
Yes, although the fat may stain Seeflex 040E, and cause it to go a little yellow, the strength of the media will not be affected greatly.
It depends on the type of oil. Some oils are very aggressive and would degrade the polyurethane and the tight seal of the spigot connections can also be adversely affected by oils.
Yes, Seeflex 040E is used by many companies around the world who regularly use nitrogen to purge lines with no problem.
It should be noted, however, that we have not undertaken gas leak testing to a specified industry leak rate standard. We have completed air leak testing (a 600mm connector held a low vacuum pressure for more than 10 minutes).
The BFM® is not certified or recommended for gas sealing in safety of life or mission critical applications.
Yes. The LM3 is made from pure polypropylene and works well in very low temperatures. We have many connectors currently operating in low temperature applications and they remain flexible.
Yes it is. Seeflex 040E complies with the following regulations: FDA CFR 177.1680 and 177.2600, USDA and 3A (20-).
The FDA do not actually specifically certify products unless manufactured and exported from the US. We are, however, FDA compliant – it is not possible to get 3A certification without FDA compliance. In essence, the FDA is a reference organisation that stipulates and classifies substances that are compliant for food and pharmaceutical use. Refer to this document for more information: www.fda.gov/downloads/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/UCM143301.pdf
The 3A and FDA are closely linked; 3A is a certifying process that incorporates three cornerstones:
1. FDA – approved products
2. Customer – compliance with needs
3. Supplier – compliance through procedure and traceability In order to get a 3A certificate a company must prove to an independent assessor that their product is on the FDA approved list of substances, and that our manufacturing facilities, procedures and procurements meet strict standards.
The BFM® fitting meets the design framework for hygiene and safety. There are also a large number of other administrative and traceability requirements that must be met, making conformance with 3A a far better indicator of our quality.
The 3A certificates prove our FDA compliance. The FDA do not specifically certify products unless manufactured and exported from the US. In essence the FDA is a reference organization that stipulates and classifies substances that are compliant for food and pharmaceutical.
We have BFM® fitting running with coffee in a number of plants around the world. There is no difference in terms of connector life than any other general application, it will depend on the conditions. There have been no problems with oils from coffee affecting the media.
Yes – LM3 is perfect for this application as it can operate comfortably down to -70 degrees C (-94 degrees F). However, we recommend a separate FM1 Breather Bag installed elsewhere in the system to handle the breathing/venting of the air. In other words, although the LM3 is air permeable, it needs to act as a connector, otherwise it may become clogged.