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Prevalent misconceptions concerning food grade lubricants

March 13. 2019

Prevalent misconceptions concerning food grade lubricants

It is crucial to eliminate two of the most common misconceptions in the food and beverage processing industry because both, safety and productivity are very important. It's not wise to conclude that industrial…

It is crucial to eliminate two of the most common misconceptions in the food and beverage processing industry because both, safety and productivity are very important.

It's not wise to conclude that industrial lubricants can be used depending on whether the application is “above the line or below the line”.

Thinking this way is a mere assumption that anything inside a gearbox beneath a conveyor belt will not touch the food above it.

Due to this unconventional view, the lubricant cabinet results in being stocked with lubricants that can cause certain health hazards such as:

  • Cardiac irregularities and paralysis because of Barium, which is used as a detergent in lubricants.
  •  Neurotoxicity due to consumption of Lithium in salt form, which is usually used to enhance the high-temperature performance of lubricants.
  • Respiratory problems because of Black Graphite that provides a dry lubricant layer.

The best solution to eradicate severe contamination would be to eliminate all toxic substances from the lube cabinet and the plant. Another common misconception concerning lubricants is machine performance being jeopardized due to the use of food-grade lubricants, which in reality, is far from the truth. It is possible to achieve high performance without compromising the safety by using synthetics that are formulated by food grade lubricants. For instance, black graphite and mineral oil are primarily what chain oil is made of, but neither of them meets the NSF H1 food-grade-lubricant standards. Nevertheless, the same high-temperature performance can be rendered with the use of high-temperature ester oil that complies with the NSF H1 and ISO 21469 standards. In order to avoid working under a false notion, it is essential to talk to a “your global specialist” who can select accurate lubricant chemistry for food and beverage applications.

About Klüber Lubrication

Klüber Lubrication is one of the world's leading manufacturers of specialty lubricants, offering high-end tribological solutions to virtually all industries and markets worldwide. Most products are developed and made to specific customer requirements. During its 90 years of existence, Klüber Lubrication has provided high-quality lubricants, thorough consultation and extensive services, which has earned it an excellent reputation in the market. The rivalled in the lubricants industry. Klüber Lubrication, set up as a retail company for mineral oil products in Munich in 1929, is now part of Freudenberg Chemical Specialties SE & Co. KG, a Business Group of the Freudenberg Group, Weinheim. Klüber Lubrication has about 2,000 employees in more than 30 countries


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About Freudenberg Chemical Specialties

Freudenberg Chemical Specialties develops, manufactures and markets chemical specialties. Klüber Lubrication, Chem-Trend, OKS, SurTec and Capol. In order to be as close as possible to customers, the company has a global market presence comprising five brands. Freudenberg Chemical Specialties is one of the world's leading manufacturers of specialty lubricants, release agents, chemotechnical maintenance products as well as surface treatment and electroplating solutions. Headquartered in Munich, Germany, Freudenberg Chemical Specialties operates in about 40 countries via its own companies. In 2015, the Business Group employed a workforce of around 3,300 and generated a turnover of approx. Euro 960 million. 


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