Food producing and packaging machinery needs effective lubrication in order to function properly. However, lubricants used in food production must also meet strict sets of standards set by organizations such as the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), DIN (German Institute for Standardization), ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and NSF (National Sanitary Foundation).
Meeting these standards while providing superior lubrication qualities is key to success in the food and beverage packaging world and synthetic lubricants are the most effective way to reach that goal.“If you’re using non-food grade lubricants and there is incidental contact with food it can lead to contamination or worse – product recalls,” said Lube-Tech’s Tom Bjellos. “It is important to have a partner who can help you determine the right lubricant for the application.”
NSF (National Sanitation Foundation) H1 and HT1 lubricants are approved for machine parts that are partially exposed to food. These lubricants should have dedicated storage tanks, piping and packaging to ensure they don’t become contaminated. Flushing and fluid analysis are recommended to ensure lubricants that may come in contact with food are free from heavy metals and zinc.
Converting To Compliant Lubricants
• Bring equipment up to operating temperature, drain lubricant, flush and wipe with lint-free rags
• Change all filters
• Fill with NSF H1 or HT1 compliant lubricant (this should be considered a flushing stage)
• Repeat lubricant change-out procedure and re-fill. Label machines clearly: “Fill only with NSF H1 or HT1”
• Place materials into dedicated containers and label using standard names