Benefits of dry lubrication
High water and sewerage prices combined with greater environmental awareness have increasingly put the food & beverage industry under pressure to improve its sustainability, particularly with respect to its use of water, energy and waste. Dry lubrication is a unique technology that is increasingly adopted within the sector. Not only does it improve efficiency and reduces energy usage, but it enables a quantum leap forward on the SHEQ agenda by significantly improving the user’s water ratio and reducing the slip hazard from wet floors.
The water consumption in the Food and Beverage industry is amongst the highest in the manufacturing sectors. world. Traditional “wet” lubrication systems consume large amounts of water, energy and detergent which are not recycled or reused and often contribute to unsanitary plant conditions.
Dry Lube’s offer is saving customers today:
- Elimination of water consumption for lubrication purposes
- Elimination of waste-water/ detergent mix in waste-water treatment
- Reduced power consumption
- Reduced CO2 consumption
- Reduction of Lubricants used
- Elimination of biocides and growth of bacteria
- Reduced risk of spillage
- Reduced packaging damage
- up to 99% reduced Lubrication Usage
- Water ratio reduced from 1.32 l/l to 1.23 l/l at Coca Cola Wakefield, UK
- 40 Effluent Million Litres p.a. at leading US brewery
- 10% power savings line at leading US brewery
- All our customers have clean, dry floors
- 40% Can loss reduction (Internal UK brewer report June 2011)
In the food and beverage industry the rate of injury due to slips, trips and falls is above the Manufacturing sector average and represents the 2nd biggest cause of injury. Some 90% of slips result from wet or contaminated floors.
Converting to dry lubrication creates a safer and more sanitary workplace. The high water usage of traditional soap-based lubrication systems is eliminated and related problems such as slippery floors, increased humidity and the potential for organic growth are limited.
E.g.: At Coca-Cola Wakefield, UK a 100% improvement in HSE could be realised resulting in no related LTA’s from slips, trips and falls in the bottling hall in 8 years.
Dry Lubrication is not only a sustainable investment to enhance the internal and external plant environment it is also contributing towards greater operational performance. Many of our customers have realised significant
- Improved Coefficient of Friction
- Improved Line Performance
- Improved Bottle Handling
- Improved Hygiene
- Extended Belt & Sprocket Life
- 29% reduction in friction at SABMiller, SA
- 14% at leading US brewery
- 10% at Coca Cola Wakefield, UK
- Significantly reduced bio growth at MillerCoors, Virginia, US
- £25000 savings per year at Coca Cola, Wakefield, UK
Alongside with the considerable environmental, safety and performance benefits are the financial benefits associated with dry lubrication. Prices for water and waste management are steadily rising, while hygiene and safety regulations are increasingly on the public agenda. To stay competitive food and beverage manufactures have to improve their production and save money.
Dry conveyor lubrication fulfils the needs and requirements of all Stake- and Shareholders involved in the business and represents a notable value proposition to food and beverage companies around the globe.