Large scale food-processing is often done with machinery and support components that require mechanical or moving parts frequently lubricated with hydraulic fluids, greases, gears and chain lubricants. It is essential that those lubricants that may incidentally come in contact with the food product be physiologically safe.
NSF INTERNATIONAL is the organization who developed a certification program based on the original USDA/FSIS “pre-authorization” system which was applicable until 1998. Currently the NSF program is globally recognized as the reference for the registration of incidental contact food lubricants. NSF is also offering an ingredient category designated HX-1 for components and additives. Using approved HX-1 ingredients helps formulators reduce the uncertainty of ingredient suitability. HX-3 category is suitable for ingredients that may have direct contact with food or edible products.
The evolution of machinery into more efficient mechanical moving parts, higher pressures and complexity of the metal-metal contact areas, along with the severe conditions that food equipment operates under, requires lubricants capable of reducing friction and wear while increasing lubricant operating life. Non-optimized lubrication can lead to higher power consumption, increased energy cost, shorter machinery component life, higher maintenance activity and higher lubricant consumption.
Docadit FLTM series can be used as base fluids, co-base fluids or additives.