Assessment of TAMU Rack Material in Poly Tray Racks using Spray Retort
Final rept. Sep 2006-Jun 2009
RUTGERS - THE STATE UNIV NEW BRUNSWICK NJ CENTER FOR ADVANCED FOOD TECHNOLOGY
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The compound recommended by Texas AM for retort racks that could lead to significant cost savings was compounded by Omni Plastics, Evansville IN and molded into retort racks by Allpax Products Inc, Franklin WI. The compound was more expensive then regular polypropylenetalc compounds but much cheaper then the currently used PPX compound. Each retort rack was molded with a unique ID for traceability. The racks were tested by ration producers for the performance in spray retorts. So far, the rack has held up very well with little or no wear and tear. However, it is difficult to access the mean life cycle of the rack due to large fluctuations in rack use. The ration producers will keep using the rack and report on the expected mean life cycle at some time in the future.
- Food, Food Service and Nutrition
- Polymer Chemistry