Hillbrush’s metal detectable and x-ray visible (‘MDX’) plastic cleaning tools are designed to minimize the risk of foreign object contamination in food processing environments. The dark blue polypropylene that defines this particular part of our Hygiene line contains a detectable additive that is used in internal medical devices, notably stents.
The molded products – the scoops, scrapers and the bucket, and brushes with dark blue plastic backs and gray fibers – make up the Total MDX line, where all parts are metal detectable and x-ray visible. The Total MDX brushes are Resin Set as standard, and the resin contains the detectable additive (for full details of Resin Set brushes refer to the Resin section).
Total MDX brushes are available in MDX blue only. Hillbrush also offers brushes with standard colored blocks, which are not detectable, filled with the same gray metal detectable and x-ray visible gray filaments as in the Total MDX line. This ensures the high risk fibers are traceable within the production line, while the four colors support HACCP and 5S departmental segregation. The brushes made this way are not Resin Set, and are made in the standard way with no resin content.
The detectable plastics we use have been successfully used on properly calibrated machinery, but we recommend that you do your own tests to ensure their suitability for the job, where the make of the detectors, speed of throughput, moisture content and other factors may affect detectability. Please ask for freely available MDX fibers to enable you to do this easily. The detectable properties of the plastics used are not affected by time, moisture, cleaning or abrasion.
A selection of metal detectable ball point pens and markers is also available.
All components in our MDX products are FDA and EU approved for food contact.