Packaging and Food processing are usually fully automated and often take place under extreme operating conditions. This requires low maintenance, special hygiene requirements and operational reliability.
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Day in and day out, critical components of Packaging/Food Processing operations are subjected to high vibration, corrosion, contamination, harsh chemicals, grease washout and heavy, uneven bearing loads; problems that can reduce plant productivity. Precision-engineered beverage and food-grade bearings keep you running efficiently.
Stainless steel bearings for Packaging/Food Processing applications
Packaging/Food Processing Ball bearings for OEM equipment are used in equipment in a variety of industries, but they play a particularly wide and varied role in the food and beverage sector.
It is important to understand which applications and types of industrial equipment use food-grade stainless steel ball bearings to ensure that the lubricant applied is both adequate and safe.
Stainless steel bearings provide functional solutions for a wide range of food and beverage equipment. Some of the many food-grade applications for food-grade stainless steel bearings include
Bearings for heavy-duty applications
Food safety and hygiene
General service applications
Off-station series mounting units
Stainless steel mounting units
Conveyor belts, belts, roller chains
Bottling and canning
Features and benefits of Packaging/Food Processing bearings with solid lubricants
Whether in the manufacturing cycle or in a food processing facility, engineers must match stainless steel bearings to the optimum lubricant application system. The bearings themselves need to have the right properties to perform optimally in an industrial environment without causing potential harm to the product. Characteristics to consider when selecting a dedicated lubricant application system for 100% stainless steel bearings may include:
- Housing options, including nickel plated, stainless steel or thermoplastic housings
- Plastic and FDA approved complementary housings
- Low temperature characteristics (many food applications require up to 1,000° F)
- grease-free surfaces
- Non-corrosive materials and finishes
- Resistant to damage during flushing
- Compatibility with solid lubrication systems
Ball bearing variants commonly used in the food and beverage industry include unmounted bearings, multi-circular bearings, hygienic bearings and special bearings. Stainless steel ball bearings play an important role in many types of equipment as well as in many individual components. The following components often include ball bearings:
- Bearing units
- Constant velocity universal joints
- Part feeders
- Precision resin systems
- Rolling Bearings
Lubrication is important because all these ball bearings move relative to the rest of the system or to other ball bearings within the configuration, generating heat and friction.
Without any type of obstruction, ball bearings can produce shock damage, rough surfaces or scratches that affect their function. Lubrication reduces shock, contact and friction. Lubricants also absorb heat from the system and release it later to cool the bearings and precision machinery.
The solid lubricant with cap is optimised for food and beverage applications due to the food-grade characteristics of its stainless steel bearings and bearing units.