Toxic Chemicals Have No Place in the Food & Beverage Value Chain

Are Your Suppliers Using Dangerous Chemicals to Surface-harden Your Stainless Steel Parts?

Dangerous Chemicals

The dangers of Hard Chrome Plating

If your parts are treated using hard chrome plating, you have a big opportunity to do good in the world. That’s because hard chrome plating uses hexavalent chromium, a Substance of Very High Concern under European REACH Regulation. It is being phased out because of its high toxicity:

  • Causes lung cancer
  • Causes nose ulcers, dermatitis & breathing problems like asthma
  • Linked to kidney, liver and reproductive damage
  • Similarly toxic to fish


Expensive & Risky Waste Handling

Using such a dangerous chemical means workers must wear protective clothing and masks and undergo regular health monitoring. Handling the waste is resource-intensive, expensive, and risky.

If this sounds out of place in the 21st century, you’d be right. Hard chrome plating is a 100-year-old technology that does a great job at improving wear resistance but fails badly in an era when companies want greener, safer alternatives.

Expanite Uses No Dangerous Chemicals, Produces No Toxic Waste

Already, hundreds of companies in the food & beverage industry have flocked to Expanite. The process uses only tiny amounts of nitrogen, ammonia and propene. The exhaust is safe and requires no treatment. There is no liquid or solid waste.

Extend the Life of Your Stainless Steel Parts

  • Pump housings
  • Shafts & piston rods
  • Couplings & gears
  • Fasteners & quick connectors
  • Bolts & bearings
  • Bushings & sleeves
  • Nozzles
  • Curves
  • Knives & cutting equipment
  • Hygienic & aseptic valves


Perfect for F&B Equipment


  • Bottling
  • Beverage filling
  • Packaging
  • Meat, fish & poultry processing
  • Dairy & ice-cream manufacturing
  • Chocolate & sweets manufacturing
  • Fruit & vegetable processing
  • Pump & dosing systems
  • Mixing & homogenising


No Pre-treatment or Post-treatment of Your Parts

The Expanite process is simple and efficient. If your parts arrive oily, we’ll wash them, otherwise they go straight in an oven for hardening. By contrast, other hardening processes will require your parts to undergo pre-treatment like annealing and electropolishing or post-treatment like cleaning, grinding and polishing. All such steps are unnecessary with Expanite.

Superior Wear Resistance

Hard chrome coatings typically have a hardness of HV 300-1,400, whereas Expanite achieves HV* 1,200±100. The increased hardness provides excellent wear resistance, perfect for abrasive applications such as in food and beverage production equipment.


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Join the Movement. Get Out of Hard Chrome Plating

If your suppliers are still using dangerous chemicals to harden your components, share with them the case study of How Ramen Valves made a strategic decision to switch to Expanite and join the hundreds of companies moving to Expanite.

Alternatively, we can help you find a supplier that already uses Expanite.    



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