Reduce Jam-ups

Rigid-Tex® textured metals minimize surface contact area compared with flat metals. This process greatly reduces friction, static cling and helps end machine jam-ups and downtime. Raw or packaged materials move faster and easier through conveyors, packaging machinery, food processing equipment, and any other material handling applications. Available in stainless steel and other metals with a choice of embossed metal patterns and finishes to fit your needs.

Friction Comparison of Rigidized® Metals
to Flat Steel for Chute Applications
  Flat Sheet Rigidized® Metals Sheet (6WL®) Percent Improvement
  Incline Angle Cf Incline Angle Cf
Static Cf-Dry 19.8° 0.36 17.5° 0.32 12%
Static Cf-Wet 34.0° 0.67 27.0° 0.51 24%
Dynamic Cf-Dry 14.0° 0.25 12.0° 0.21 15%
Cf is the coefficient of friction. This is a measure of the relative "Stickiness" of two objects that come in contact. In this experiment, the objects were a loaded cardbord box and a sheet of chute material. For the coefficient of friction (Cf ), lower numbers are better. Results will be similar for all patterns of Rigidized® Metals. The Dynamic Cf is determined as the maximum angle upon which a loaded, moving cardboard box is at a condition of impending stop.

Field Proven Low Friction Surfaces


2WL
5WL
6HC
6WL
7DL
Pattern Max. Width Stainless Steel Thickness Other Metal Thickness
2WL® 48" 0.018"-0.036" 0.008"-0.032"
5WL® 60" 0.018"-0.075 0.008"-0.075"
6HC 48" 0.024"-0.105"/ 0.120" max 36" wide 0.024"-0.125"
6WL® 60" 0.018"-0.120" 0.008"-0.125"
7DL 48" 0.036"/0.060"/0.075" N/A
Standard Lengths: 96", 120", 144"; Standard Widths: 36", 48", 60"; Custom sizes available.