By Package Type
Dry Lube has been providing its water-free conveyor lubrication technology and services to food and drinks manufacturers across the world for over 10 years, from small independent breweries to large global brands and on can, PET/refillable PET, carton, keg, one-way glass and returnable/reusable glass packaging lines.
Our lubricants are:
- H1 certified by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) International
- Water, PTFE and silicone free
- Safe for incidental contact and in the event of contamination.
Dry Lube’s technology has been used in can packaging operations in the brewing and soft drinks industries for over 10 years on plastic acetyl and mat top conveyor belts.
Our technology is used in 500cpm to 2000cpm (cans per minute) operations with benefits for our customers including an average 10% reduction in conveyor motor power when compared to a wet lube system.
Our system has passed beer foam stability tests for beer can packaging in high speed environments and our lubricant is approved for use on inverted cans.
Dry Lube has been servicing PET and PEN packaging lines for over 10 years and our technology is used extensively in the soft drinks sector. We also have experience of lubricating beer and wine PET bottle packaging lines.
Recent innovations in PET packaging, including blow-fill, blow-moulding, light-weighting, the ability to stand-out on the shelf through custom shapes and sizes, and the environmental and recyclable benefits the material provides, has reinvigorated the PET market but added an element of complexity to what used to be a very straight forward packaging line.
Dry Lube’s zonal distribution system will help improve line performance on the most basic to the most complex of PET packaging lines by managing coefficient of friction values across the conveyor. Our system can be easily adjusted to satisfy different package shapes and their different characteristics to ensure maximum throughput and minimum downtime.
Carton packaging operations can be successfully converted to water-free lubrication with the help of Dry Lube. Dry Lube’s customers who are running carton operations have benefited from:
- Extended belt life
- Significant water savings
- Lower power consumption
- Optimised operations
- Improved safety
- Better hygiene
On a keg line, Dry Lube’s technology optimises keg glide while reducing the impact on belt wear. Implementing Dry Lube’s technology will also deliver a reduction in water consumption and a safer working environment through dry floors.
Dry Lube is the only provider of completely water-free conveyor lubrication for glass packaging on stainless steel conveyors.
Glass packages on stainless steel belts present a challenge because of the abrasive nature of the two materials. As such, wet lube has been used traditionally to lubricate between the bottles and the conveyor belt to encourage the bottles to glide. However, this method requires large volumes of water and can create an unsafe and unhygienic working environment. It can also contribute to beer producers’ water:product ratio.
Dry Lube’s lubricants have been optimised for glass on stainless steel and when used with our distribution system provide precise control of coefficient of friction to manage package stability. Our optimal dosage control guarantees that there is no impact on final package quality.
As well as safety improvements from drier floors in the production area, our customers have also reported a reduction in fallen bottles and hence less breakages.
Our system can also be used in glass packaging operations on plastic conveyor belt (it’s actually much easier than stainless steel!). The risk of broken bottles tearing the belts is reduced as a result of less fallen bottles through control of CoF and because the combination of our lubricant and application method provides an extra layer of protection to plastic belts.
Returnable glass bottle (RGB) filling lines are the most water intensive and technically challenging of all types of packaging lines.
Each year an RGB line could use anywhere between 7 – 10 million litres of water and 10,000 litres of wet lube chemical in conveyor lubrication.
With the cost of water increasing, as well as an increase in water scarcity issues in many regions, more manufacturing sites are looking at ways to reduce their water use and Dry Lube’s technology is fast becoming the preferred option because it also meets health and safety requirements by providing dry floors and reducing bio-growth on the conveyors.
Operating the crate conveyor section of your bottle line is a quick and easy way to reduce your line lubrication water consumption and will deliver immediate improvements in safety, hygiene and belt condition.
The improvement on belt condition has resulted in our technology being used on crate conveyor sections in food packaging also as it prevents dry belts from cracking and stretching.
Considering dry lubrication? Contact us to discuss your requirements.