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IKV TRIBOLOGY support the recommendations laid down by ISO / DIS 14159 advising use of only food grade lubricants in all applications on a food production site to avoid confusion or accidental contamination from non-food grade lubricants in the food processing environment.

The food processing lubricant range offered by IKV TRIBOLOGY satisfy the domestic regulations for this sector.

IKV TRIBOLOGY offer a wide range of products which are resistant to extreme high temperatures, high loads, water ingress and all other challenges faced by the food processing and pharmaceutical industries.

We have recently added new products to our food safe range including food safe lubricant aerosols which offer a convenient and neat package of the 'product' and 'means of application' in a simple to use and efficient package.

Lubricants such as oils and greases are combined  with a solvent/carrier solution and a propellant in a formulation that allows the material to atomise and be applied in a thin layer. Once applied the carrier will evaporate allowing the grease or oil to be left behind to lubricate the components. 


Contact us for details of our new and improved spray range.

Peter Jost and The Queen

Death of Professor Peter Jost - the Father of Tribology

IKV TRIBOLOGY LTD were sorry to hear about the death of PROFESSOR Peter Jost, who has died aged 95. He coined the term “tribology” (from the Greek word “tribo” – I rub) to describe the science of friction, wear, and lubrication – giving birth to a new engineering discipline – after which our company was named!

In 1966 he published a report which showed for the first time, that the problems of lubrication in engineering were mainly problems of design. Their solutions, Jost argued, needed a range of skills from scientific disciplines other than mechanical engineering – including chemistry and materials science, solid body mechanics and physics.

By applying tribology to machine design, Jost and his team calculated that British industry could save £500 million a year (1960's calculation) as a result of fewer breakdowns causing lost production, lower energy consumption, reduced maintenance costs and longer machine life. 

As recently as 2015 a press release from five learned societies announcing the creation of a UK Tribology Network to promote best practice observed that while Britain has a strong academic and industrial tribology base - “due to the fragmentation of activity within the UK the impact on reducing the very high cost (circa 1.4 per cent of GDP) of uncontrolled friction, lubrication, surface selection and wear-control within industry has been limited.”

Jost served as a director and chairman of several technology and engineering companies including the solid lubricants company K S Paul, and Engineering & General Equipment. He also served on numerous industry councils, and until his death was president of the International Tribology Council and a life member of the council of the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee.

He was an honorary fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and of the Institute of Materials. Appointed CBE in 1969, Jost was honoured by the heads of state of France, Germany, Poland, Austria and Japan and in 1992 became the first honorary foreign member of the Russia Academy of Engineering. He held two honorary professorships and 11 honorary doctorates including, in January 2000, the first Millennium honorary science doctorate.

In 2009 he co-launched the concept of Green Tribology, paving the way for the first Green Tribology World Congress.

He is survived by his wife Margaret Kadesh, two daughters and three grandchildren.