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Support for Nestlé in the reduction of foreign bodies

Nestlé has always been at the forefront of safe and high-quality food production. One of the challenges they, and many others in the food industry, face is the control of plastic foreign bodies in the product. A potential source of these foreign bodies are the bristles of plastic cleaning brushes.

Traditionally designed brushes with soft bristles are often used to remove powdery products from the interior of complex production lines. These brushes are formed from a solid block of plastic, which is then perforated with holes into which bundles of plastic bristles are attached with a stainless-steel clip.

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This method of fixing the bristles in the block has been used for decades, but this has a disadvantage when it comes to controlling foreign bodies. When the brush is used to clean complex equipment, the bristles can occasionally get caught and pulled out. Once a bristle is pulled out of the bundle clip, it leaves a gap, which makes the remaining bristles in the bundle looser and therefore more likely to be pulled out or fall out. Solving this problem was one of the driving forces behind the development of Vikans Ultra Safe Technology (UST) brush innovation.

UST brushes are designed completely differently than traditional brush products. They are fully moulded, have no drilled holes and no metal clips to attach the bristles. Each bristle in a UST brush is individually attached to the block, which means that losing one bristle does not affect the security of the others.

By using Vikan UST-brush products in a Nestlé factory in Germany, the risk of such foreign bodies has been largely eliminated.

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Reduction of Foreign Bodies

The new hand brushes made an important
contribution to further reducing foreign body
complaints in 2020!

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Introduction UST brush

Each filament is individually moulded into the brush head. 
Reduced risk of filament loss.