What is the difference between Basic and Plus materials?
The frames of all our pockets come in two different plastic compositions:
- Basic Material
- Plus Material
Basic Material is a plastic that has been specifically developed for its application: to come into direct contact with moist and oil film containing dough pieces. The plastic feels a bit “greasy” which in daily practice means that contamination adheres less easily to the frame’s surface. Because it adheres less strongly, any contamination at the same is easily removed.
The resin is executed with a standard UV stabilizer which makes it resistant to the impact of UV beams of the UV lamps.
For Plus Material the same base resin is used as for Basic Material, however, now several additives have been added. Like Anti-microbial that prevents bacteria from growing on the frame’s surface.
In addition, an extra UV stabilizer that enhances the resin’s ability to withstand the impact of the UV lamp beams. The additive package is kept stabile by adding other additives that for instance avoid the white colored frame from turning yellowish after years of usage.
The UV stabilizer extends the life time of the pocket, the Anti-microbial provides a clean and hygiene product.
When chose for Basic or for Plus Material?
(Semi) Industrial exploitation – Basic Material
When a pocket is going to be used in a (semi) industrial environment, the pocket is used intensively [contamination vs cleaning liquids] and more frequently (mechanical [drop of the dough ball in the mesh] than in an artisan environment. In this situation the mesh, the weakest part of the pocket, will be the part that wears and tears first. That determines that a pocket needs to be replaced.
If pockets do not meet a life time of 1- 2 years we advise to choose for the Basic material option.
The Plus Material additive package only shows its presence after 6-8 years of usage, and when the mesh tears within a 1 – 2 year time frame you will not benefit from the package and thus not from your investment in a higher product price.
Artisan exploitation – Plus Material
If the pocket is used in an artisan environment the pockets are used only a couple of times a day. The mechanical and chemical exposure is significantly lower, however, longer because there is no reason to replace the pocket because the mesh remains undamaged. In this situation the additive package proves his presence: the pocket is being exposed to UV light for a longer period of time. Identical to the situation with contamination adhering to the frame. The additive package enables you to work with the pocket for years and years.
In this situation the choice must be the Plus Material.
Note concerning the available colors of the frame
Basic Material: standard available in White, Blue and Yellow. However, for orders just as low as 500 pcs the frame can be made in any custom color.
Plus Material: standard available in White, Blue and Yellow. Other custom colors become available with volumes starting from 5000 pcs.
When you are considering a custom color please contact. We’ll be glad to prepare an offer based on your specific requirement.
This version comes in Plus Material only.
Food Grade Materials
Both compounds for Basic and Plus Material obviously are made of Food Grade plastics, certified to come into direct contact with food stuffs.
This also applies to the meshes and felt used in our pockets and trays.