Tailored lubricants can increase food safety and at the same time improve process efficiency and sustainability for bakery manufacturers, according to Klüber Lubrication.
The tribology specialist said specially designed lubricants must balance two important factors. On the one hand, using a minimum quantity of lubrication on transport chains can minimise the risk of contamination. On the other, a new breed of synthetic high-temperature greases for bearing lubrication can significantly extend the service intervals of bearings and increase process efficiency.
According to the Klüber Lubrication, regenerative high-temperature chain oil helps reduce lubricant consumption significantly.
This is particularly the case for the lubrication of oven transport chains such as those used in large industrial bakeries. With this application in mind, the company has developed a new synthetic regenerative high-temperature oil that is able to dissolve and regenerate residues, which helps reduce maintenance costs significantly.
“Our new high-temperature chain oil provides for outstanding wear protection, so that continuous minimum quantity lubrication will help prolong the chain lives significantly,” food industry global market manager Paolo Spolaore said.
“The oil therefore meets the highest hygiene standards in the food industry, and increases the reliability of production processes.”
Klüber Lubrication has also developed a new high-temperature grease for a wide range of applications, which the company says can realise its full potential at permanent temperatures of up to 160 degrees celsius.
This was enabled through the development of its own FDA-approved polyurea thickener. Applications include ovens in the baking industry, proofing cabinets, conveyors or motors.
All Klüber Lubrication food industry products are NSF H1- registered, respectively certified to ISO 21469.