Lubricants New Dry Lubricant for Conveyors in the F&B Industry

Author / Editor: RINKESH JAIN / Dominik Stephan

Dry lubricants can help to save water, resulting in cost reductions and cleaner and safer workspaces. Yet, the challenge increases when conveying hygienic sensitive goods in F&B...

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Conveyor belt for glass bottles
Conveyor belt for glass bottles
(Picture: Ecolab)

A dry lubricant can in F&B industry can save up to 80 per cent of water while for glass on stainless steel conveyor. Ecolab’s DryExx GF, a new conveyor lubricant has specifically been designed for use with glass bottles on steel conveyor belts. It can save up to 80 per cent of the water used when compared to traditional wet lubricants but still achieves the highest possible hygiene levels and does not compromise efficiency.

Active Lubrication for F&B Conveyors

The DryExx GF formula contains an active lubricating substance, which creates a protective film on the belts. This results in reduced friction, less abrasion and consequently eliminates the need to use large amount of water to continually wash any abrasion off the belts. Due to the possibility that an existing dosage technology can still be used, the lubricant can be easily implemented into an existing plant with a minimum of investment.

Many Challenges – Many Benefits

One of the clients of Ecolab, a brewery, had problems with water consumption in the filler area of the bottling hall. The main application is filling returnable glass bottles which are transported on stainless steel conveyors.

There were many challenges such as reducing water consumption, improving hygiene conditions and maintaining full efficiency. Ecolab implemented its DryExx GF concept which delivered the required hygiene standards whilst reducing water consumption. Line efficiency actually increased due to reduced tipping and continuous operation. The bottling hall is dryer and the chemical residues in the waste water streams have been reduced significantly.