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Food & Beverage Ask the Expert: How Specialty Lubricants Handle Today’s Challenges Marius Czech explains how specialty lubricants handle the challenges of griddles, fryers and other snack and bakery operations.

In this interview, Marius Czech, our food market manager, explains how specialty lubricants handle the challenges of griddles, fryers and other snack and bakery operations.

Q: What challenges are snack/bakery operations encountering where specialty lubricants can make a big difference?

A: Let’s start with the big picture. From the viewpoint of the food and beverage manufacturer, there is always a struggle to hold maintenance costs to a minimum. And there is always the need to be more productive, which requires shorter and faster production cycles. In various ways, advanced specialty lubricants can address those challenges.

Q: What about energy costs?

A: Of course, energy efficiency is another challenge—which is becoming more pressing due to economic and environmental issues.

Q: Is it tougher to keep food processing lines operating profitably today?

A: Yes. It is a huge challenge to keep food processing plants profitable. Ever shorter production times, faster running machinery, warm- and cold-loaded machine components, as well as hygiene requirements, are just some of the challenges. We are constantly looking at ways we can help our customers operate more productively and safely.

Q: How do specialty lubricants help meet those challenges?

A: Specialty lubricants meet the requirements in regards to extended maintenance intervals for high-speed applications, high load and high or low temperatures.

Q: What new or upgraded products have you developed recently?

A: One of the critical requirements a specialty lubricant must provide food processors is appropriate high-temperature performance. Three new products come to mind. Our new Klüberfood NH1 CH 6-120 SUPREME chain oil features a solid white formulation that has an operational limit up to 1200°F (650°C). Our new high-temperature polyurea special bearing grease, Klüberfood NH1 74-401, offers a wide service temperature range of up to 320° F (160°C). And our assembly paste, Klüberpaste UH1 96-402, provides protection against tribocorrosion or fretting corrosion at permanently higher temperatures up to 2200°F (1200°C).

Q: What assurance do food processors have that these lubricants are safe?

A: Customers can rest assured that the high standards and best practices we use for non-food lubricant is the foundation for manufacturing our food-grade lubricants. In addition to necessary lubricant certifications, we meet NSF H1, Kosher/Halal and ISO 21469 standards alongside our proprietary quality assurance programs. We are committed to implementing the quality-assurance processes and the research-and-development programs that our customers need to succeed now and in the future.

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