Published in Machines and Equipment
The importance of lubrication to increase food safety and profitability, while reducing maintenance costs

Lubricants represent about 1% of the total operating costs of an average company; but this relatively small amount can earn a huge return on the total bottom line. In fact, the lubricants a company chooses can have a significant impact on high-value items such as energy, labour and equipment costs. 

This is especially true in the food and beverage industry, where standards and best practices for proper machinery lubrication are very strict, and where lubrication must be carried out efficiently to minimise the risk of potential contamination. Making the right lubrication choices can help ensure that your plant operates with maximum safety, efficiency and, yes, profitability.

Identifying the true total cost of your lubrication programme is the first step in optimising the efficiency of your plant: consider how much product you are using, how often you relubricate and how long this takes. If you already have an idea of these numbers, you're well on your way. If not, take some time to establish a baseline so you can make a weighted comparison when considering alternative products. By tracking these variables you will realise that the true cost of your maintenance plan includes much more than the price per kilo or litre of your lubricants.

The next step is to evaluate the best methods to maximise value and cost-effectiveness. Properly lubricating equipment is essential to the success of any operation: choosing and implementing the right lubrication will ensure that an installation runs more safely and efficiently, as well as making it more profitable. 

Choosing the right lubricant also helps to ensure that all the quality standards required for the food and beverage industry are met. Klüber Lubrication has developed customised training seminars for OEMs and end users to support plant managers in the application of complex industry regulations and to keep them up-to-date with the latest developments in approved lubricants. In addition to training, the KlüberEfficiencySupport Service (KES) programme includes many other services aimed at increasing efficiency, reducing operating costs and supporting existing continuous improvement initiatives.

By learning more about food-grade lubricants, current regulations and industry standards, you'll know exactly which product to select, the safety practices to implement and the best lubrication methods to follow to save energy and money. And having the right lubrication programme in place will help you limit the risk of contamination.

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