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This long-lasting food grade grease is nonmelting and provides constant protection for high-temp bearing applications. Bearings operating in or near heat-generating equipment are subject to temperatures that cause ordinary greases to melt and run, leaving critical bearing surfaces unprotected. H1 Quinplex High Temperature Lubricant is a clay-thickened grease designed to withstand high temperatures, staying in place to provide constant lubrication. It also resists oxidation and vaporization, and repels water. NSF H1 certified, it is a suitable lubricant for use in food processing and other sensitive environments. By ensuring longer lubrication intervals and fewer bearing failures, H1 Quinplex High Temperature Lubricant helps contribute to increased production and a healthier bottom line.


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Typical Applications: High-temperature applications where an NSF H1 registered food grade product should be used, including pellet mills, kilns, exhaust fans, oven conveyors, and plastic blow molding machines.

Typical Applications: Works well in variety of food processing applications, including: blenders, cookers, filling machines, canning machines, bottling machines, and packaging equipment

Typical Applications: Any area where a penetrating and lubricating oil suitable for incidental food contact is required, including bottling and canning equipment, food processing machinery, slides, cams, chains and other machine surfaces

H1 Silicone Spray is a great H1 food grade silicone-based aerosol spray for use on machine parts and equipment in locations in which there is potential exposure of the lubricated part to food. Available in an aerosol can.

Typical Applications: Food processing equipment, food packaging equipment, lock mechanisms, rubber door and window seals, ironing and pressing equipment, cutting tables for smooth and even cutting, vending equipment, molding equipment, and dry cleaning equipment

Typical Applications: Equipment where incidental food contact may occur, including: slides, guides, chains, conveyor chains, valves, bearings, gearboxes, open gears, and worm gear applications

Ovenworx H1 Syn Chain Lubricant was formulated specifically to combat the demanding conditions present with oven chain applications by offering superior heat resistance. In addition, it is approved for incidental food contact and contains no artificial dyes, making it a good choice for food manufacturing plants needing superior heat resistance. Oven chain efficiency is dependent upon a lubricant that can keep the chain operating freely and smoothly, fighting the ever present heat and moisture that can cause corrosion and eventually lead to premature failure of oven chain pins and bushings. Only the most robust lubricant formulations can perform in this application; it is not an area to cut corners. If the oven chain fails, output comes to a screeching halt.

Typical Applications: Bearings, bushings, slides, chains, compressors (including rotary screw air), vacuum pumps and hydraulics used in: animal feed preparation, aluminum/metallic foil and package manufacturing, food processing, paper-making machinery, and textile machinery

Typical Applications: Bearings, bushings, slides, guides, chains, compressors, valves, vacuum pumps, and hydraulic systems used in food processing equipment and other applications requiring a food grade or nonstaining lubricant.

H1 White Utility Oil is an NSF H1 registered general purpose lubricant for use where incidental food contact can occur. It is a food and USP grade white mineral oil containing no additives. It is suggested for preventing rust after washdown operations. In addition to food manufacturing uses, it can be used for textile applications where a non-staining oil is required like spindle oil and needle oil applications. H1 White Utility Oil is not for use where rust & oxidation (R & O), anti-wear (AW) or extreme pressure (EP) oils are required.

During normal operations, the possibility of a lubricant making minor contact with food always exists. Since food-grade lubricants are technically not a food ingredient, this incidental contact cannot lead to the contamination of the food.

Regulators worldwide refer to 21 CFR to define what they consider a food-grade lubricant. There is a misconception that lubricants are registered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). This is not true. The USDA discontinued its registration program in 1998.

Health and safety are priorities for food, drink and drug manufacturers. Standards of cleanliness and hygiene are as important on the shop room floor as in hospital operating rooms. But when it comes to production equipment, lubrication keeps the business of feeding and healing the nation on track.

Lubricant leakages and maintenance are an inevitable part of all industries. Lubricants do not discriminate against the materials with which they come into contact. So the food-processing and pharmaceutical industries have additional challenges in selecting the right lubricants to do the job. This article looks at the previous, current and future standards relating to lubrication in this industry.

Food-grade lubricants must perform the same technical functions as any other lubricant: provide protection against wear, friction, corrosion and oxidation, dissipate heat and transfer power, be compatible with rubber and other sealing materials, as well as provide a sealing effect in some cases.

In addition, different applications within the food and drugs business demand that lubricants resist degradation from food products, chemicals and water/steam, must exhibit a neutral behavior toward plastics and elastomers, and have the ability to dissolve sugars. These oils must also comply with food/health and safety regulations, as well as be physiologically inert, tasteless, odorless and internationally approved.

Another aspect of lubrication contamination that poses a risk to food-grade lubricants is the growth of microorganisms such as bacteria, yeast and fungi. While these can be a risk in industrial environments, the opportunity for contamination in the food-production environment is even greater.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) created the original food-grade designations H1, H2 and H3. The approval of a new lubricant and its registration in one of these categories depends on the list of the ingredients.

Approval and compliance was, in the past, the responsibility of the USDA. The agency is considered an internationally renowned authority on consumer safety issues with regard to the food-processing industry. Its efforts essentially covered federally inspected meat and poultry facilities, but were rapidly adopted by other sectors such as fisheries and retail food operations.

To gain USDA approval, lubricant manufacturers had to prove that all the ingredients in the formulation were allowable substances. Allowable substances, in this instance, are those listed by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in accordance with the Guidelines of Security Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 21, 178.3570. This did not include lubricant testing; rather the approval was based primarily on a review of the formulation ingredients of the lubricant.

Registrations granted prior to this date will remain in effect, and as before, USDA H1 and H2 still stand as a recognized approval for food and drug suitability. In fact, many lubricant manufacturers still aspire to the USDA H1 and H2 categories and approval process, and supply certification from their boards of directors to guarantee that claim.

The National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) has evolved globally to succeed the USDA. NSF International, The Public Health and Safety CompanyTM, is an independent, nonprofit organization that has been committed to public health, safety and protection of the environment for more than 55 years. NSF has earned the Collaborating Center designations by the World Health Organization (WHO) for both food safety and for drinking water safety and treatment.

NSF has basically adopted the DIN Standard V 0010517, 2000-08 as its own guideline for a registration of food-grade lubricants. Using the former USDA H1 and H2 classifications, NSF has submitted its draft standard, NSF 116-2000 (nonfood compounds used in food-processing facilities - food- grade lubricants) to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The draft standard covers the former USDA H1 and H3 categories.

However, it does specify definitions and requirements for food-grade lubricants in lubrication, heat transfer, load transmission and corrosion protection of machinery and equipment in food-manufacturing and processing facilities. Because the scope is food-grade lubricants, only H1 and H3 are covered in this draft standard.

For certain types of lubricants, these shall be neutral in taste and odor, and in addition, should be selected according to the use such that the lubricant withstands temporal, chemical, biological, thermal or mechanical stresses without premature degradation or impact to its neutral state.

The evaluation criteria cover three main aspects: food-grade lubricants, evaluation requirements and ingredients. The food-grade lubricants must comply with the requirements of the draft standard as well as CFR Title 21 178.3570, and more specifically, sections 172.860 for vegetable oils and 172.878 for mineral oils. Ingredients and/or compounds must comply with 21 CFR parts 182 and 184.

For the manufacturer and supplier, a new standard potentially exists by which their lubricants can be categorized and approved. Because the same categories and requirements exist within the USDA, although with some modifications, continuity of supply and safety can be assured.

Food-grade or food-safe lubricant is the name given to any industrial lubricant that is considered safe for incidental contact with items that may be consumed by humans or animals, as long as it does not exceed a certain concentration. 041b061a72

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