September 2006 Equipment Round-Up - Lubricants

Sept. 7, 2006
The right kind and proper use of lubricants can keep a plant's processing equipment running smooth.

Heat and heavy loads

Molykote L-1428 high-temperature chain oil is a synthetic lubricant formulated to resist oxidation and thermal degradation while maintaining stable performance and lubricity over a wide temperature range and under heavy loads. This product helps lower overall maintenance costs, reduces chain drag and wear, extends oil-drain intervals and helps prevent process interruptions. It also has extremely low volatility, will not form carbon deposits and will not smoke.

Dow Corning; Midland, Mich.
989-496-7881; www.molykote.com

On the spot

Lubriplate SFGO Ultra-7 Spray is a multi-purpose polyalpholefin-based synthetic fluid lubricant. It provides quick, clean lubrication directly where needed. Formulated for use on food processing and bottling machinery, it is NSF H-1 registered and certified Kosher Pareve. It complies with all USDA and FDA regulations for lubricants where incidental contact with the edible product is possible and is ideal for use on all types of machinery, chains, slides and tools for general lubrication.

Fiske Brothers Refining; Newark, N.J.
800-733-4755; www.lubriplate.com

New gear oils

The Klubersynth UH1 6 series is the newest technology in synthetic, high-temperature gear oils available in the food processing, beverage and pharmaceutical industries. These oils offer corrosion protection, shear stability, aging and oxidation resistance and high temperature stability. Developed for the lubrication of worm gears with steel/bronze pairings, they are also suitable for bevel and spur gears and machine elements. They perform in temperatures ranging from -35-160°C.

Kluber Lubrication; Londonderry, N.H.
603-647-4104; www.kluber.com

Grease II

Geralyn AX/W is a new-technology food-grade grease using the latest advances in additive technology. With aluminum complex or calcium sulfonate complex as its thickener, it remains a NLGI grade 2 with resistance to oxidation and washout similar to traditional food-grade greases. But it exhibits many other improvements, primarily in performance and resistance to wear. The end result can be savings of thousands of dollars in maintenance costs and downtime.

Fuchs Lubritech; Harvey, Ill.
708-333-8900; www.fuchs.com/geralyn

Heat transfer fluid

MultiTherm PG-1 is a high quality food grade heat transfer fluid for use in closed-loop, liquid-phase heating and cooling systems. It is a non-toxic white mineral oil that has an operating temperature of over 600°F. Used in indirect heating loops for frying and baking, it is acceptable for use in plants operating under the Federal Meat and Poultry Inspection Program. It is FDA certified, USDA acceptable and NSF HT-1 approved for incidental contact.

MultiTherm LLC; Malvern, Pa.
800-225-7440; www.multitherm.com

Longer compressor life

The premium synthetic lubricant, FG Excel Synthetic Compressor Lubricant, extends application life three to five times longer than competitive compressor lubricants, the vendor claims. The molecular structure helps minimize oil carryover, which makes it an attractive alternative to investing in oilless compressors. The unique basestock and carefully selected additives promote a natural detergency and minimal coking and varnishing, which increases the service life of compressors. The lubricity and anti-wear characteristics provide companies with strong return on lubricant investment.
Anderol Inc.; East Hanover, N.J.
888-263-3765; www.anderol.com

Versatile grease

Mobilgrease FM 220 Series of high performance multi-purpose greases offers enhanced protection for food and beverage processing equipment against a wide range of load, speed, temperature and environmental conditions. These greases offer excellent pumpability, water and fluid resistance, mechanical shear stability and rust inhibition. They carry NSF H1 registration, are approved as Kosher and Halal, and are ideally suited for a wide range of conditions.

Exxon Mobil Corp.; Irving, Tex.
800-662-4525; www.exxonmobil.com

Extreme compressor fluid

Compro Synthetic, the new addition to a line of recently re-introduced air compressor fluids, provides the ultimate performance protection even in extreme operating conditions. It extends fluid service life in rotary screw compressors up to four times longer than conventional mineral oil fluids, at discharge air temperatures as high as 105°C.

Petro-Canada; Toronto
888-284-4572; www.petro-canada.com

Spray it in

Nevastane SFG synthetic food-grade grease is now available in a 10-oz. spray can. It’s an NSF H-1 product, handles high loads and resists wash-out. The spray can enables precise, no-drip application in all lube points. It has a temperature range of -55-390°F. Free samples are available.

Keystone Lubricants; Linden, N.J.
800-344-2241; www.nevastane.com

Gaskets and sealants

A range of Permatex and Devcon products are safe for use in food processing plants. Products include threadlockers, thread sealants, gasketing compounds, RTV sealants and epoxy compounds for repairing metal equipment and forming a protective barrier against abrasion and corrosion.

ITW Devcon; Danvers, Mass.
978-777-1100; www.devcon.com/87

Organize your fluids

The new Isoclean Fluid ID System is designed to safeguard lubricants and equipment, prevent costly mishaps and benefit the customer’s bottom line. A full line of interchangeable lids, storage containers and accessories, this system is intended to prevent fluid contamination, reduce product misapplication and minimize lubricant-related failures in commercial transportation and industrial equipment.

Chevron Products Co.; San Ramon, Calif.
925-842-1000; www.chevronlubricants.com