Consistent lubrication is vital to the life of bearings, gears and chains. Like any mechanical system, moving parts in a food and beverage plant need proper lubrication to function optimally. Contamination, moisture, high temperatures and humidity are all threats to bearing, chain and gear service life.
Automatic lubrication systems supply the correct amount of grease at the best time to lubricate – while the bearing is in motion. Frequent lubrication maintains the proper lubricant film to reduce wear, as well as purges the pins and bushings of contaminants.
Friction and wear occur across the entire delivery chain. Efficient lubrication is critical for each rotating machine component, and chains and conveyors need special treatment. Our Lubrication solutions support all moving parts in machines. Offers a complete selection of high-performance lubricants for gears, bearings and chain lubrication for the food and beverage industry.
Food and beverage facilities face unique challenges. Not only must you strive for maximum productivity, you must also guard against the possibility of food contamination, including contamination from lubricating oils and greases.
We provide a variety of NSF H1-registered lubricants rated for incidental food contact, including oils and greases that help minimize the risk of food contamination and equipment downtime. The oils and greases are also suitable for use in Halal and Kosher (Parve) food preparation.
Our industrial lubricants for food and beverage equipment – including meat processing, dairy processing and baking equipment – help to meet the rigorous requirements found in the food and beverage industry in order to avoid contamination, all while extending the service life of machine components.
We provide a comprehensive suite of products to help:
- Enhance your productivity
- Ensure your lubricants are compatible with your Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) risk-management lubrication plan
- You pass compliance audits
- Keep your equipment running longer and more efficiently
With the food and beverage industry under sustained pressure to improve productivity and safety while reducing costs, proper machine maintenance is of utmost importance. The role that lubricants play in helping to improve equipment efficiency and reduce maintenance cost.
Food Lubricants are grouped into three categories, depending upon their potential for food contact (broad definitions originally were developed by USDA but were handed over to accrediting body NSF International in 1999):
- H-1 - Lubricants with incidental contact: These compounds may be used on machines and in areas where contact with food is only incidental. They can be lubricants for moving parts or used as a protective anti-rust film or as a release agent on gaskets or seals of tank closures.
- H-2 - Lubricants with no contact: Whether serving as lubricant, release agent or anti-rust film, these compounds may be used only in closed systems or in locations where there is no possibility of the lubricant or lubricated part contacting a food product.
- H-3 - Soluble oils: These products typically are applied to hooks, trolleys and similar equipment to clean, lubricate and prevent rust. But those portions of the equipment that contact edible products must be clean and free of the mixture before making contact with food.