Food Grade Grease

Modern day food manufacturing involves complex machines and innovative technologies. With increased awareness on healthy diet, focus has been to produce food whilst retaining nutrition and quality consistently. The sophisticated machines used in the process need to be lubricated regularly to ensure their seamless operation. Although these machines are designed to have zero contact of lubricant with food items in process, possibility of contamination in PPM measure cannot be ruled out during the regular day to day operation. Hence the type of lubricant used is critical.

Typical challenges of lubrication in the Food and Beverage Industry are:

  • Lubricants need to withstand high temperatures as well as contend entry of flour dust/salt etc.
  • Processed food materials are either acidic or alkaline, lubricants need to be inert and should not affect their performance
  • Lubricants should be able to meet the requirements of high speed machinery in food processing and packaging
  • As there is possibility of lubricant getting in direct contact with the food being processed, lubricants need to physiologically harmless, odourless, tasteless and colourless
  • Long term lubrication desired to ensure maximum productivity

BECHEM’s comprehensive range of high performance food grade lubricants comply to NSF guidelines and are recommended for a wide array of demanding applications. The ingredients comply to the requirements of Food and Drug Administration and is independently verified by NSF.

BECHEM’s food grade lubricants have,

  • High water resistance
  • Excellent oxidation stability
  • Low wear rates
  • Good compatibility and adhesion with construction materials such as metal and plastics

The evaluation programme for non food compounds adopted by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) is the most widely industry accepted norm across the world to assess suitability of the items including lubricants used in the food manufacturing process.

For more details on NSF’s regulation and scope, visit http://www.nsf.org

NSF classifies lubricants for food industry based on intended use as well as its formulation into three segments,

  • H1 Lubricants – Lubricants that could have incidental food contact during processing
  • H2 Lubricants – Lubricants with no possibility of food contact, however still used in machinery involved in food processing.
  • H3 Soluble Oils – Lubricants that can have direct contact with edible food

Food Grade GREASES

High performance synthetic lubricant with anti wear and corrosion protection properties. Advanced additives provide resistance to hot, cold water and vapour as well. The NSF H1 approved grease is neutral in smell and taste.

Applications: Recommended for plain and roller bearings, cam discs, guides and rollers in food and pharma industry including diaries, breweries, bottling plants, canning factories, coffee roasters, potato peelers etc. Can be used in central lubrication systems.

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Berulub FB 34

  • Roller
    bearings
  • Plain bearings
  • Food grade / Pharmaceutical technology
  • Low temperature
  • High loads
  • Resistant to water
  • High speed
  • Corrosion protection
Aluminium complex soapPolyalphaolefin-40 to +160

Berulub FA 46 is a new generation multipurpose grease with reliable wear and corrosion protection. This special grease has good adhesive and sealing properties and provides stiff resistance to hot, cold water and vapour as well. NSF H1 approved, the product is neutral in smell and taste. Berulub FA 46 has good oxidation stability and ageing resistance as well. Solid lubricants within Berulub FA 46 ensures good load carrying capability.

Applications: Recommended for plain, roller bearings and UCP bearings in conveyors, machine parts, guides, in food and pharma sectors such as diaries, edible chip processing, breweries and bottling plants, pulp processing industry etc.

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Berulub FA 46

  • Plain
    bearings
  • Roller bearings
  • Food grade / Pharmaceutical technology
  • Corrosion protection
  • Resistant of water
Aluminium ComplexWhite oil-20 to +120

Synthetic high performance grease with superior wear and corrosion protection for food and pharma processing industry. Berulub FG H 2 SL has good adhesive and sealing properties and provides stiff resistance to hot, cold water, steam, alkalic and acidic solutions, disinfectants and cleaning agents. FG H 2 SL ensures high strength lubricating film between contact partners even under high loads as well as prevents sticks slip phenomenon. This special grease is NSF H1 approved as well as Kosher and Halal certified. Berulub FG-H 2 SL can be used in central lubrication systems.

Applications: Recommended for plain and roller bearings, cam discs, linear drives, small gears, guides and rollers. Recommended for applications such as potato peeler, decanter in food and pharma industry including diaries, breweries, canning factories, coffee roasters, pellet mill etc. Also suitable for paper processing machines.

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Berulub FG-H 2 SL

  • Plain
    bearings
  • Automotive industry
  • High load
  • Low temperatures
  • Food grade / Pharmaceutical technology
  • Roller Bearings
Special calcium complex soapSynthetic hydrocarbon-45 to +160
Short term +200

Synthetic high performance grease with high load carrying ability and superior wear and corrosion protection for food and pharma industry. Berulub FG H 2 EP has good adhesive and sealing properties and provides stiff resistance to hot, cold water, steam, alkalic and acidic solutions, disinfectants and cleaning agents. Berulub FG H 2 EP has good oxidation stability and ageing resistance.  Berulub FG H 2 EP is NSF H1 approved as well as Halal and Kosher certified.

Applications: Recommended for buhler pesa mill bearings, plain and roller bearings, cam discs, linear drives, small gears, guides and rollers in food and pharma industry including diaries, breweries, canning factories etc. Berulub FG H 2 EP can be used in central lubrication systems as well.

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Berulub FG-H 2 EP

  • Plain
    bearings
  • Automotive industry
  • High load
  • Low temperatures
  • Food grade / Pharmaceutical technology
  • Roller Bearings
Special calcium complex soapSynthetic hydrocarbon– 40 to + 160

Special paste for heavily loaded screws and plug time connections exposed to extreme high temperatures. Berulub 932 Antiseize Paste provides wear and corrosion protection. Resistant to hot and cold water and acidic media. Possesses good oxidation stability. Berulub 932 Antiseize Paste is NSF H1 approved.

Applications: Prevents cold welding, fretting corrosion as well as seizure of screws, nuts in spindles, press fits exposed to high temperatures. Suitable for applications in variety of industries including food, beverage and packing, mining, ship building, steel, cement and chemical processing

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Berulub 932 Antiseize Paste

  • Plain
    bearings
  • Thread lubrications
  • High load
  • Low temperatures
  • Food grade / Pharmaceutical technology
  • Roller Bearings
  • High Temperatures
GelMedical white oil– 40 to + 1400

Synthetic high temperature grease for extended lubrication life. The special product with advanced formulation has good oxidation stability as well as high thermal and chemical stability. Berutox VPT 54 is neutral in smell and has excellent compatibility with plastics and elastomer even when in vacuum or when expose to radiation and chemicals. Berutox VPT 54 is NSF H1 approved as well as Kosher and Halal certified.

Applications: Recommended for plain and roller bearings exposed to high temperatures in electric motors, hot air fans, conveyor systems, baking equipment, tyre mould etc. As a life lubricant, VPT 54 is recommended to prevent noise caused from vibrations both inside/outside the vehicle and  for high temperature applications in food and pharma industry.

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Berutox VPT 54 – 1

  • Plain
    bearings
  • Automotive industry
  • Roller bearings
  • Food greade / Pharmaceutical tecnology
  • High temperatures
  • Compatible with plastic
  • Resistant with water
  • Noise damping
  • Corrosion protection
PTFEPerfluoropolyether– 30 to + 230

The fully synthetic PFPE/PTFE product is a superior high temperature grease with extended life lubricating characteristics. Berutemp 500 T2 is highly resistant to thermal and chemical decomposition. 500 T2 is compatible with plastic and elastomer materials. Berutemp 500 T2 is NSF H1 approved as well as Kosher and Halal certified.

Applications: Berutemp 500 T2 is recommended for high temperature applications in food and pharma processing industries as well. Some examples are friction elements in wafer biscuit production machines, turning rollers in automotive paint shops, corrugator roll, blister packaging, latex curing oven, segment moulds in tyre industry etc.

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Berulub 500 T2PTFEPerfluoropolyether– 20 to + 260

Synthetic grease with PTFE additives for life lubrication of applications in food, pharma and sanitary fitting industry. Berulub Sihaf  has good compatibility with plastic and elastomer material. The food grade grease is NSF H1 approved as well as Halal and Kosher certified.

Applications: Recommended for air and rotary distributors of high performance filling machines in the brewery and beverage industry. Does not impact forth formation in relevance to beverage industry. Also suitable for ceramic sealing, water faucet, control discs in single lever mixing valves, lubrication and sealing of plug valve, rubber sleeves in sanitary ware and fitting applications. Berulub Sihaf 2 is approved and registered under German (UBA, DVGW), British (WRAS), French (ACS), Austrian (TGM VA-KU 2337), Belgium (Belgaqua) standards for drinking water

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Berulub Sihaf – Available in NLGI 1 and 2

  • Noise
    damping
  • Food greade / Pharmaceutical tecnology
  • High temperatures
  • Compatible with plastic
  • Resistant to water
  • Low temperatures
  • Industrial fitting
  • Sanitary fitting
PTFESilicon oil– 40 to + 160

Universal long life EP grease with excellent water resistance for food processing industry. Berulub WP 402 H1 has excellent consistency temperature behaviour as well as anti wear properties. The special complex soap grease offers good adhesion and reliable corrosion protection as well. The NSF H1 approved product is neutral in smell and taste.

Applications: Recommended for roller and plain bearings, joints and guides, pellet presses of food processing industries, machines and applications in food processing segments exposed to high as well as shock loads.

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Berulub WP 402 H1

  • High load
  • Food greade / Pharmaceutical tecnology
  • Corrosion protection
  • Resistant to water
  • Roller bearings
  • Plain bearings
Aluminium ComplexSilicon oil– 20 to + 150

Applications and Properties

The unique pictograms help identify primary characteristics of the lubricant as well as key applications and industries it has been established at a glance. However the final recommendation would still have to be by the BECHEM specialist after having studied application and its operating environment. As the saying goes, ‘every problem has a unique solution, if only, one is looking for it’. This is the core philosophy to our approach towards ‘Application Engineering’ and staying true to ‘speciality’

Plain Bearing

Roller Bearing

High Load

Low
Temperature

Food grade /
Pharmaceutical technology

Corrosion
protection

Resistant
to water

Good pump-ability

Frequently Asked Questions

Short bytes for queries on lubricants that always bothered you

Greases are made by mixing a solid material, called a thickener, with a base oil and property enhancing additives; but it’s the oil that forms the lubrication film. For better understanding, grease thickener can be thought of as a sponge saturated with oil. Moving parts squeeze the oil out of the sponge like thickener for forming the lubrication film. Typically, the base oil constitutes the largest proportion of grease weight at about 80-90%, followed by thickener at 10 to 20% and additives under 10%.

Dropping point of a lubricating grease is an indicator of the heat resistance of the grease. and is the temperature at which the grease is no more a thickened lubricating medium. The dropping point indicates the upper temperature limit at which a grease retains its structure, not the maximum temperature at which a grease may be used.

Few greases have the ability to regain their original structure after cooling down from the dropping point.

The most important feature of a grease is its consistency. A grease that is too stiff may not get pumped into areas requiring lubrication. While a grease that is too fluid may leak out. Grease consistency depends on the type and amount of thickener used and the viscosity of its base oil. A grease consistency is its resistance to deformation by an applied force.

The measure of consistency is called penetration. Penetration depends on whether the consistency has been altered by working. Standard test procedures established by American Society for Testing and Materials International (ASTM) and accepted by industry are ASTM D 217 and D 1403, measure penetration of unworked and worked greases.

The NLGI has established consistency numbers ranging from 000 to 6, corresponding to specified ranges of penetration distance of the standard cone into the test grease. Table below lists the NLGI grease classifications along with a description of the consistency of each classification.

Viscosity: It is a measure of resistance to flow of a lubricating oil.

Viscosity index: It is defined as rate of change of viscosity with respect to temperature.

Significance:

  • It is the most important property which determines the performance of lubricating oils under the influence of temperature
  • A lubricating oil should have sufficient viscosity to retain a lubricating film on the surface
  • On machine part moving at slow speeds under high pressures, a high viscous oil should be used as it better resists being squeezed out from between the rubbing parts.  Light oils can be used for lower pressures and high speeds.
  • It is not possible to maintain a liquid oil film between two moving or sliding surfaces if the viscosity is too low and hence excessive wear will occur.

The pour point of an oil is the minimum temperature at which the oil turns into semi solid and almost losses its flow characteristic. At low temperatures, the viscosity of the oil will be very high, causing the oil to resist flow. This is important in equipment that operates in a cold environment or handles cold fluids.

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