A metal-detectable cable tie is a type of cable tie specifically designed for use in the food and beverage industry. These cable ties are made from materials that are easily detectable by metal detectors, which are often used in production lines to detect metal objects that may accidentally end up in the food.
The metal-detectable cable ties are made of either polyamide 6.6 or polypropylene and contain tiny particles of metal or metal-containing materials such as aluminium or stainless steel. These materials make the cable tie detectable by metal detectors even if it is broken or in small pieces.
Metal-detectable cable ties are blue in colour, making them easy to recognize and identify as an item that does not belong in the food. Additionally, they are often designed with smooth surfaces and rounded edges to prevent accidental contact with the food and avoid contamination.
The use of metal-detectable cable ties is important in the food and beverage industry as it helps to ensure the safety of the food and protects against potential damage claims and reputational harm resulting from food contamination with unauthorized materials. Detectable cable ties are designed to comply with the HACCP guidelines.
The Ty-Rap cable ties from the Thomas & Betts brand are available in Polyamide 6.6 (UL94-V-2) or Polypropylene (UL94-HB) and are free from halogens and silicones. The Thomas & Betts detectable Ty-Rap cable ties are supplied as standard with a stainless steel 316 fastening clip.
Panduit Pan-Ty detectable cable ties are available in Polyamide 6.6 (UL94-V-2) or Polypropylene (UL94-HB) and are halogen and silicone free. The Pan-Ty detectable cable ties do not come standard with an RVS 316 fastening clip.