Meat & Poultry Industry: Electropolishing Stainless Steel for Surface Improvement

The meat and poultry industry is one of the largest segments of the country’s agricultural production—and one of the fastest growing. Electropolishing can successfully remove contaminants and impurities from metal parts, and leave behind a surface that is easier to clean – and impedes the growth of dangerous bacteria.

Electropolishing Reduces Bacterial Cross-Contamination in Food Production Equipment

Bacterial accumulation on equipment in the food production industry is an ongoing and dangerous threat, with the potential to transmit food-borne pathogens on a wide scale. Read our whitepaper to learn how electropolishing creates an ultrasmooth, ultraclean surface that resists both product and pathogen adhesion.

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FINISH FIRST: Electropolishing in the R&D Process

Our Finish First methodology enables world class design and manufacturing engineers to approach metal finishing challenges from the beginning, as an advantage in the design and prototyping stage.

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Technical Guide: Finishing for the Food Industry

Download your free copy of our technical guide to learn how electropolishing helps the food industry meet regulatory standards and sanitation requirements including benefits for food processing and packaging, food service and display, and consumer products.

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Benefits of Electropolishing for the Meat & Poultry Industries

  • Removing Discoloration: After fabricating various wire weldments, metal components have black discoloration at the weld joints. By removing ions from the surface, electropolishing is effective in removing the outer skin of metal, eliminating the discoloration in the heat-effected zone, and leaving a chromium rich, passive surface that greatly enhances corrosion resistance.
  • Increasing Pathogen Resistance: A clean, electropolished surface is less likely to harbor bacteria which could contaminate food products. Electropolishing creates a surface that has been shown to impede the attachment of dangerous bacteria like salmonella.
  • Deburring: By removing the high peaks in the material’s surface finish (burrs), the metal becomes smoother, reducing product build-up and eliminating imperfections that can make cleaning more difficult and become initiation sites for corrosion and bacteria growth.
  • Long-Lasting Finish: Since there is no coating to peel or abrade, the bright finish from electropolishing will keep the parts looking good indefinitely.

Meet or Exceed FDA Guidelines with Electropolishing

Metal Part Electropolishing for the Food Industry
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The Benefits of Electropolishing for 440C Stainless Steel

If you’re manufacturing parts with 440C stainless steel and relying on passivation to get the finish you need, you may be overlooking an opportunity to dramatically improve the corrosion resistance of your parts.

Electropolishing for Better, More Durable Plated Parts

While electropolishing is best known for the results it achieves as the last step in the process for finishing critical metal parts, it can also be an interim step for improving the results of parts that will undergo plating.

Biocompatibility and Electropolishing for Medical Manufacturing

The biocompatibility of medical devices, implants and instruments to ensure that every part that comes into contact with the human body poses no risk of irritation or harm is a fundamental requirement for medical manufacturers.

Electropolishing Process with the Highest Standards of Quality Control

For every successful project at Able Electropolishing, there is a meticulous, high-quality process at work behind the scenes. Our clients rely on us for precise and consistent results, customized to the demanding needs of industries like medical device manufacturing, food and beverage production – and industries like yours.