Fine particle wear from slurries is a challenge in many industries. From food processing to mining, abrasion is one of a major contributor to metal fatigue and the related costly repairs. Historically, such damage has been addressed through a combination of welding and rubber linings and ceramic tile coatings. While these work in the short-term, they represent a significant cost, the need for continuous downtime, and the knowledge that the repairs are a stop-gap hold, rather than a long-lasting solution. In some cases, such fixes require specific application, complex pre-preparation and an extended waiting time before the equipment can be used again.
Enter ARC MX FG, a novel solution produced by the experts at Chesterton, to address a wide range of fine particle flow abrasion, including slurry conditions.
What is ARC MX FG?
The coating is designed to comply with 21 CRF 175.300 and is suited for direct food contact. It’s a two-part, zero VOC, 100% solids, ceramic reinforced epoxy coating that’s trowel applied and restores worn equipment to near original condition.
Chesterton is world-leader in the creation of such simple, effective solutions to extend the longevity of industrial equipment. ARC MX FG has been tried and tested in a variety of locations and is suitable for many application areas, including:
- Hopper bins
- Transport screws
- Slurry pumps
- Wear plates
- Pipe elbows
- Cleaner cones
- Pipe spools
The challenge was to bring to market a coating that combined hard-wearing properties with ease of application and food-grade standard. The launch of ARC MX FG effectively plugs a significant gap in the market and has been embraced as a much-needed solution for a long-standing problem. This tough, ceramic-reinforced coating resists a broad range of slurries and pH, making it suitable for multiple applications.
- ARC MX FG complies to 21 CFR 175.300 for Condition C and less severe exposures for:
- Type II – Acidic (pH 5.0 or below), aqueous products; may contain salt or sugar or both, including oil-in-water emulsions of low or high-fat content food.
- Type III – Aqueous, acid or non-acid products containing free oil or fat; may contain salt, and including water-in-oil emulsions of low or high-fat content.
- Type IVA – Dairy products and modifications: Water in oil emulsion, high or low fat.
- Type IVB – Dairy products and modifications: Oil in water emulsion, high or low fat.
- Type V – Low moisture fats and oils, Condition C.
- Type VIII – Dry solid foods.
Chesterton’s ARC MX FG Addresses Many Food Processing Industry Challenges
Food processing is one of the largest manufacturing sectors in Australia – and, indeed, the world. While the abrasive nature of many industrial processes is a challenge, adding the corrosive nature of many foodstuffs into the mix and the need to conform to the safety aspects of the food & beverage industry demanded a unique approach.
The requirement for a safe solution to rehabilitate surfaces that adhered to food-grade standards was at the forefront of the creation of ARC MX FG. Ease of application also needed to be satisfied, as was requisite for a longer-lasting alternative to more traditional fixes.
The launch of ARC MX FG successfully tackles all of these issues. Besides, its ease of application allows the equipment to be returned to use in a far shorter timescale, with surfaces being restored to near-new condition. This effectively eliminates any surfaces where dirt, water or pathogens can accumulate. The extended longevity reduces the need for constant repairs, and the pre-measured and pre-weighed presentation removes complicated application processes.
Find out more about ARC MX FG and the range of Chesterton’s erosion and corrosion-resistant coatings here.
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