Silicones: safe, efficient, convenient custom-made solutions for food processing and packaging.
Silicones are used at all stages in the food processing cycle: from large-scale industrial facilities and restaurants to home cooking, as well as in food packaging and labelling. Easy to use, safe in handling and application, odourless and with no modification of the food properties; Silicones are hard to beat for all your food processing needs!
In industrial processing, silicones are essentially employed in two ways in food-contact applications: directly, as antifoams or defoamers, or in emulsifying systems and, indirectly, as release systems and lubricants. As food additives, for example, the Elkem Silicones Silcolapse® line of compounds and emulsions offers several 100% active silicone antifoam compounds and a variety of water-based food grade silicone antifoam emulsions that are safe for use in many aqueous food processing systems. These silicone products contain only food grade components and comply with the strictest of national and international regulations.
Silicones are also widely used as release agents in food processing because of their non-stick and slip properties to detach food efficiently and cleanly from moulds and cooking trays.
Indirectly, in industrial food processing, silicones are used as surface components in conveyor belts because they can be designed to have the right non-slip and non-stick characteristics combined with a durability without pair. They are also highly efficient sealants for equipment operating in extreme conditions, from the cold room to high-pressure and high-temperature cookers. And, of course, they also enter into the lubricants used in many of the moving parts in machinery.
For packaging, silicones are used as gaskets to seal the lid to the container for their airtight and waterproof characteristics. They are also ideal for delivering self-adhesive labels to their end destination. Commonly used on bottles or food packs for decorative labels to enhance packaging design as well as variable information packaging such as bar codes and for supermarket weighing scales.
Silicones are widely chosen for cookware in restaurants and bakeries, as well as in home cooking, because of their anti-stick and easy-slip characteristics. They durably resist extreme temperatures (hot and cold) and are totally inert, odorless and non-toxic, in accordance with food regulations of all major countries. Finally, they are a key component of non-stick cooking papers used for baking and roasting.
In short, silicones are ideal for hygienic food processing, biocompatible food packaging and cooking convenience!
Here are some Elkem Silicones product lines used in food processing:
: a wide range of tailor-made defoamers suitable for food contact and as food additives in many processes
: a line of reactive multi-purpose emulsion systems, providing excellent food release (in particular for baking processes) and barrier properties as well as good curing and anchorage, low foaming and high bath stability in processing
TCS: food-compatible products used for the manufacturing of conveyor belts because of their simultaneous anti-slip and non-stick properties, to keep goods in position and allow their easy release.