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Hyfoma Explains Food-Grade Lubricant Applications

Hyfoma, food equipment database and knowledge portal for food processing manufacturers, recently published an article about the misconceptions of food-grade lubricant applications.

Based on Kline & Co’s independent research in 2005, only 40 percent of U.S. food and beverage manufacturers utilized food-grade lubricants. While that number has increased, many in the industry still fail to comply with food-grade applications due to the inadequate knowledge on food-grade lubricants.

Food-grade lubricants ensure the safe and efficient operations of food processing plants. These products require constant checking to anticipate potential health risks that come with the ingestion of contaminated food or beverages. Thus, such processing plants must seek food safety certification from third party certifying bodies such as the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) International.

Many food manufacturing industries also disregard the use of food-grade lubricants due to its relatively high costs. However, the increased cost is offset by significant liability limitation, and carefully chosen food-grade lubricants can often lower overall maintenance cost, reduce energy consumption and increase productivity. Contrary to some manufacturers’ common notion, contemporary food-grade lubricants can actually deliver a level of performance that reduces total cost of ownership.

Several international organizations including an American beverage manufacturer and the Japanese Institute of Plant Maintenance (JIPM) attested to the fact that using synthetic food-grade oils goes a long way to prevent up to 65% of mechanical equipment, grease consumption, and bearing failures and diminish the frequency of maintenance by up to 57%. Additionally, cost-efficient lubrication systems exponentially boost the overall productivity and most importantly, maintain the level of food safety.

To maintain the highest level of food product safety and quality in food processing, handling, and manufacturing industries, it is crucial for plant owners to consider not only the efficiency of the machinery but also the quality of its food-grade lubricants. The Industrial Lubricant Store (ILS) offers branded synthetic food-grade oils formulated using premium quality base stocks and additives for optimum lubrication performance in virtually every type of industrial equipment in the food industry. Browse through ILS’ latest array of food-grade lubricants at today.

About the Author
Randy Renick
Randy Renick has a Bachelor's degree from LSU. He is an STLE Certified Lubrication Specialist and has a 29 year work history in Industrial Lubrication. He is currently a Lubricant Consultant at The Industrial Lubricant Store.

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