Lubricating the food processing industry

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A new bearing grease effective in a wide range of food grade
applications has been developed. The main selling point of the
mineral oil grease, according to the manufacturer, is that it is
formed from a unique mix of aluminium complex thickener, white
lubricating solids and other additives that together achieve a very
high performance.

Developed by Molykote​, the product, called white bearing grease, is designed to reduce friction, prevent metal-to-metal contact and minimise wear in food grade applications, even under high surface pressures and marginal lubrication conditions.

Because the raw materials have been selected to be used in mechanisms where incidental contact with foodstuffs or pharmaceutical products are possible, Molykote white bearing grease can be used as lubrication in process machinery, canneries, dairies, beverage plants, meat processing plants and pharmaceutical plants. The grease has been formulated and meets FSA Regulations 21 CFR 178.3570 and USDA H1 classification and is available in NLGI consistency class 2.

The white bearing grease has a service temperature range of -17° to 150C° and a drop point of 270°C. It can be applied by hand-packing, hand operated grease guns, automatic greasing equipment and central lubricating systems. When stored at or below 32°C in the original unopened containers, the grease has a usable life of 60 months from the date of production.

The product is part of the Molykote total industrial lubrication consolidation programme from Dow Corning, which offers a range of lubricants and related services designed to help customers reduce overall maintenance costs, extend equipment life, and simplify the purchasing process by consolidating all lubrication-related activities with one supplier.

Good plant maintenance is vital to efficient food processing. Significant cost savings can be made through regular servicing and the use of modern analytical techniques - while a break down in machinery can lead to impressive losses.

As a result, food manufacturers are often prepared to invest in the latest technology to ensure that nothing goes wrong during the processing phase. The pay off for food manufacturers is that customers, including major supermarkets, are increasingly willing to pay a premium for food that can be guaranteed safe and can be delivered efficiently and reliably.

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