Regulatory responsibilities, consumer awareness and a focus on public health are challenging food and beverage processors to choose the right food-grade lubricant for every application in their processes. Here’s what you need to know.
The food processing industry presents unique challenges to lubricant formulation engineers, lubricant marketers, plant lubrication engineers and equipment designers. While it is never desirable for lubricants to be allowed to contaminate raw materials, work-in-progress or finished product, the consequences of a lubricant-contaminated product are rarely more acute than in the food processing industry.
As such, lubricants used in this industry have requirements, protocols and performance expectations that go well beyond typical industrial lubricants. This article will identify the basic differences between H1, H2 and H3 lubricants, their requirements and formulations, as well as proper lubricant selection, which is critical to food safety and machine reliability.
IT-8000 Series are fully synthetic fluids blended from premium polyalphaolefin (PAO) base oils with superior additives that meet the requirements for demanding industrial hydraulic systems within the food industry. These NSF approved premium food grade hydraulic fluids are designed as multi-purpose to include a wide variety of industrial applications as well as hydraulic systems.
IT-8001 series fluids are fully synthetic food grade gear oils that are formulated from premium polyalphaolefins (PAO) base fluids. These food grade gear oils are engineered to provide superior lubrication protection and include an extra additive to improve gasket and seal characteristics.