Food and beverage industry lubrication provides a huge maintenance challenge. Production lines are often running 24 hours a day, there are problematic contaminant and water levels, and often extremes of temperature. On top of this, any lubricant used must meet strict food health & safety requirements where it could contact anything consumable.
Therefore maintenance staff in food and beverage plants must ensure not only that the lubrication program is up to the task of keeping the plant running under fairly intense working conditions, but also that all food safety regulations are adhered to.
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The food and beverage industry relies on high volume production to turn a profit. As such, it’s essential to keep every piece of machinery functioning at optimum performance. Failure in a maintenance plan will lead to breakdowns, and any downtime in this industry is very costly. Employing a reliable food lubrication system to deal with the demands placed on the equipment is crucial to improving productivity.
The lubrication system and chosen lubricant, as in any industry, must reduce friction and wear, must dissipate heat, and must provide oxidation stability. In the food industry, the lubricant and lubrication system must be inert and not react with anything it comes into contact with
To further complicate food lubrication, we must consider the environment and processes involved in the industry. Water is a huge problem, mixing vessels, wash down zones, bottling lines etc all involve liquids being splashed around. But water can also be a problem in steam form, which can cause huge problems on ingress into lubrication systems.
The food industry also involves extremes of temperature. Industrial ovens, refrigeration and freezing areas, heating and cooling fans, provide a vast array of temperatures – often all in the same plant! It’s important to choose a lubrication system that will perform in even these intense conditions.
Another problem in some plants is the level of contaminants. You might think food and beverage plants have to be kept incredibly clean – and you’d be correct! But in many processes fine flours and powder ares used, and these can easily find their way into the lubrication system, into the machinery, and result in machinery failure.
Employing a food lubrication system which can meet all of these demands can be a challenge.
Fortunately, there is a simple solution to food and beverage industry lubrication. ATS Electro-Lube.
Our single point food lubricators have the best operating temperature range on the market. They are waterproof to a depth of 10m, and by applying positive pressure at the lubrication point they prevent the ingress of water and contaminants.
ATS’ inert gas-powered lubrication systems deliver a constant flow of lubrication in the perfect dose. This makes them the perfect solution for processing plants and production lines with high turnover and where machinery operates 24 hours a day. They last up to 12 months without maintenance, lowering costs of both lubricant and ineffective man hours.
The Electro-Luber is the most reliable lubrication system on the market, giving you piece of mind that your operation is properly protected against downtime, and thereby running efficiently at maximum productivity.
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ATS Electro-Lube’s food lubricators can be used in a variety of applications. Their versatility and durability makes them an excellent choice in even the most extreme of environments and harshest conditions. Some food lubrication uses include...
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