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Food Safe Oils

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.

Choosing lubricants for use within food and pharmaceutical processing & manufacturing equipment poses several problems to the engineer, firstly the products must be totally non-toxic and satisfy the regulations for non-food compounds used in food manufacturing plants.
 
These strict guidelines mean products are selected based upon their use/classification with either incidental food contact, NSF H1, or NSF 3H with direct food contact.
 
Secondly they must perform well as lubricants, often extreme high or low temperatures or aggressive cleaning processes are encountered, all of which can adversely affect the life of the lubricant.
 
In bakery applications, for example, the ovens can reach above 300C. Conveying components, chains, bearings and other components operating in these conditions can often require frequent relubrication or cleaning to remove unwanted lubricant residue build up.

Category: Oils & Fluids
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