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Hygienic hose assemblies from ERIKS

Hygienic hose assemblies

Up to 50% lighter, 10% stronger and substantially more flexible than conventional process hoses, the new RX range of hygienic hose assemblies from Flexible Hose Supplies (FHS is a company acquired by ERIKS in July 2007) is also certified ADI (Animal Derived Ingredients) Free, thereby totally eliminating any risk of BSE prion contamination. The range is suitable for all commercial cleaning products, making them an ideal choice for use in hygienic applications in the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries.

RX hose, an own brand of ERIKS, is supplied in the form of ready-to-use assemblies, which are produced to meet the customer's precise requirements at the new RX hygienic hose production facility at FHS in Bolton. The RX range incorporate odourless and taste free inner liners, available in a range of colour coded outer covers, with light weight and heavy wall designs and working pressures up to 18 bar.

In addition, improved tough liner components unique to the RX range resist nicks and imperfections, thereby helping to reduce bacteria risks at the end connections that are specifically designed to remove all bug traps. The innovative liner and special spiral construction (RX Lite designs) also mean that RX hose assemblies offer substantially longer working lives than conventional assemblies.

To complement the inherent hygienic properties of the hose itself, the new hose production cell focuses on hygiene throughout. The cell features an extensive clean stock holding area, and has a clean "off-floor' manufacturing area. The cell also includes a 140 bar test rig, where every hose assembly is tested to 1.5 times its rated working pressure.

All RX hose assemblies feature ferrules that are deep engraved with a unique reference number (allowing for full 31B traceability) along with the test pressure and date of manufacture. Custom marking requirements can also be accommodated.

For use in the food and dairy industries the current RX hose range includes: RX-ALIFIXX-LITE, an extremely flexible premium vacuum and pressure hose for milk products, animal fats and vegetable oils; RX-ALLIFIX, a pressure and vacuum hose also for foodstuffs, which features an easy-to-clean smooth internal wall; RX-VITTAFIXX, a pressure and mid range suction hose suitable for use with milk products, animal fats, vegetable oils and fruit juices.

For use in breweries and beverages industries RX-DELIFIXX-LITE, is an extremely flexible hose specifically for use with beer, wine, alcoholic drinks to 40% ABV (Alcohol By Volume) and non-alcoholic drinks; and RX-DELIFIXX, which can be used with beverages and with oily or fatty foodstuffs.

For further information on this article and related products and services, please contact your local ERIKS service centre on 0845 006 6000 or click here to find your local service centre

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