Safety first

Food grade products

Food and beverage producers will agree that food manufacturing is a sector with conditions like no other. The industry is highly regulated because its products are for human consumption. Any deviation from strict control can lead to contaminated products with the possibility of outbreaks, illnesses and lawsuits.

Thus, maintenance managers in food manufacturing must contend with several unique challenges that come with multiple regulatory bodies, keeping highly automated and complex equipment running, and ensuring workers’ safety, all while producing products are intended for human consumption.

Food plant

The challenge of wet environments and 24/7

Also, the need for heightened cleanliness creates a wet environment for many food makers, wreaking havoc on processing machinery. Heavy-duty washdown equipment can also strip wash-off lubricants, resulting in the need to relubricate frequently with a high lubricant usage and spending a lot of valuable man hours as a consequence.

Many food processors need to run their production 24/7 to stay competitive. It is apparent that the maintenance team has a lot to handle under such conditions. Down-time is very costly, and food safety audits are nerve-breaking events.

Maintenance approach

There are three primary ways to approach equipment maintenance: Reactive Maintenance, Preventive Maintenance and Predictive Maintenance. A predictive maintenance strategy is the most straightforward way to improve overall maintenance operations that will keep downtime and the associated stress of loss of revenue to the minimum. But the reality is that due to the lack of resources in maintenance, still more than 60% of maintenance is reactive. Or preventive which basically means replacing machine parts far before they break. Any clue how high that cost is?

> 20.000 food makers already work with Interflon

At Interflon we understand that food grade lubricants are essential to minimize down-time and ensure safe facility operations. The custom configuration and scale of equipment in food plants combined with challenging environmental conditions (steam, condensate, heat and organic matter) generate the need for lubricants and greases with custom performance characteristics offering emergency running properties to increase equipment reliability.

Our food safe lubricants and cleaners are designed to meet the high demands of food processing and beverage plants. They do not only meet the strict food health & safety requirements set by organizations such as NSF, HACCP, BRC or IFC, but also have received Kosher and Halal certifications enabling us to serve a broader range of clients.

Take a look at some of our case studies in the Food & Beverage industry or go to our food safe product range.

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