Modern day food manufacturing involves complex machines and innovative technologies. With increased awareness on healthy diet, focus has been to produce food whilst retaining nutrition and quality consistently. The sophisticated machines used in the process need to be lubricated regularly to ensure their seamless operation. Although these machines are designed to have zero contact of lubricant with food items in process, possibility of contamination in PPM measure cannot be ruled out during the regular day to day operation. Hence the type of lubricant used is critical.

BECHEM NSF H1 approved food grade oils are based on high performance synthetic oils and are capable of operating under high load carrying environment. BECHEM food grade oils offer reliable protection against corrosion of contacting surfaces.

BECHEM’s Range of Food Grade Oils

NSF H1 approved, high performance synthetic oils with high load carrying ability. Berusynth H1 series provide superior corrosion protection and offer wear resistance to the contacting surfaces. Halal and Kosher approved, Berusynth H1 are available in varying viscosities for industrial requirements.

Applications: Ready to meet the lubrication requirements of air compressors, transportation chains, drive chains, and machines including hydraulics, gears, circular lubrication, fans etc. Suitable for requirements of food, pharma and feed industry.

ProductBase OilViscosity at [40 °C mm2/s] Flash point °CSend Your Queries
Berusynth 15 H1 to 1000 H1

  • High
  • Low temperature
  • Food grade / Pharmaceutical technology
  • Corrosion protection
  • Hydraulic
  • Chains
  • Closed gears
Polyalphaolefin15-1000≥ 170 to ≥ 260

Synthetic high temperature chain oil for superior lubrication film with high load carrying capacity and provides excellent protection against wear of contacting surfaces. The high performance oil has low evaporation rate even at high temperatures. Berusynth CB 180 H1 has good penetration properties and high wash-out resistance. Berusynth CB 180 H1 is NSF H1 approved as well as Halal and Kosher certified. Resistant to hot and water and provides excellent protection against corrosion.

Applications: Recommended for conveyor chains in baking, drying ovens of food processing and beverage industry. Suitable for chains used in the production of surgery rubber gloves.

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Berusynth CB 180 H1

  • Chains
  • Food grade / Pharmaceutical technology
  • High temperature
  • Corrosion protection
  • High loads
  • Resistant to water
Ester180≥ 240

Based on medical white oil and advanced formulation, Berulub Fluid W + B is a high performance oil for application in food and pharma processing industries. This clear and transparent oil that is neutral in smell and taste, has very good creeping ability, helping in lubricating friction partners that are difficult to access. Possesses excellent water repelling properties and provides good corrosion protection. Free of resin and acid, Berulub Fluid W + B is DAB 10 grade (as per German Medical Whitebook) of medical purity as well as NSF H1 and Halal certified.

Applications: Recommended to lubricate low speed plain and roller bearings, toothed wheels and chains in bottling or packaging plants, stirrers, mills and fermenting chambers. Suitable for lubrication of seal ground-in parts, example : stop cocks, dosing pistons, valves, all kind of seals, lip seals and O-rings, corking mechanisms and applications in medical engineering. Also recommended for lubrication of gripping devices of the labelling machines in the food industry, lubrication of machine parts in brewery and beverage industry. Also available as Berulub W + B Spray

ProductBase OilViscosity at [40 °C mm2/s] Flash point °CSend Your Queries
Berulub Fluid W+B

  • Chains
  • Food grade / Pharmaceutical technology
  • Corrosion protection
  • Plain bearings
Medical white oil70≥ 225

Universal cold cleaning agent that removes all types of oil and grease contaminations, oil carbon, waxes, tar, bitumen etc. The PAO based oil dissolves contaminants and ensures a clean finish. Beruclean is compatible with metals, elastomer and plastic materials, textiles, stone, marbles and tiles. The colourless liquid is NSF H1 approved as well as Halal and Kosher certified. Beruclean is readily biodegradable (OECD 301 F : 70% after 28 days).

Applications: Suitable for cleaning of tools, work pieces, vehicles, motors, gears, machines, motor cycles and bicycles, tanks workshops, ships, chains, dewaxing of new cars etc. Can be used manually or through mechanical and automatic cleaning equipment such as flood and immersion baths, ultrasonic appliances and atomisers etc.

ProductViscosity at [20 °C mm2/s] Flash point °CSend Your Queries
Beruclean ECO

  • Biodegradable
  • Food grade / Pharmaceutical technology
  • Good rinsing performance
  • Low residue level
1.8≥ 65

Food grade oil to reduce friction and resulting wear between friction partners in food processing applications. Offers reliable protection against corrosion for contacting surfaces. BECHEM Plantfluid is harmless and suitable for applications that have direct contact with food being processed. BECHEM Plantfluid is NSF H1 and 3H approved as well as Halal and Kosher certified.

Applications: Recommended for grid and slat conveyors of continuous baking ovens used in large bakeries. Eliminates squeaking noises and stiffening of conveyor belts.

ProductBase OilViscosity at [40 °C mm2/s]Flash point °CSend Your Queries
BECHEM Plantfluid

  • Corrosion
  • Food grade / Pharmaceutical technology
Native Oils42≥ 320

Frequently Asked Questions

Short bytes for queries on lubricants that always bothered you

Keeping a tab on oil health through oil analysis is a great proactive practice. It helps to check for contaminants and machine wear. Abnormal analysis result indicates potential danger in the system. Oil analysis helps in identifying root cause and take corrective measures immediately. Issues such as metal wear, broken seals, improper filtration pose greater threat to machine and can lead to extended and expensive downtime.

Regular oil analysis enables finding the right lubricating interval and increases the life of equipment. It also enhances productivity by reducing unplanned downtime resulting in smoother business operations.

Environment in which the lubricant is stored plays a crucial role in lubricant performance. Lubricants stored for long under extreme environmental conditions such as high temperatures, higher temperature variations, severe humidity and corrosive environments can affect the lubricant performance based on the product category.

Oils stored improperly beyond storage life established by the supplier, can have issues such as oxidation, sedimentation build up and moisture absorption. For greases, oil separation from the grease would be the primary concern.
Ambient temperature, clean and dry atmosphere can ensure maximum storage life of a lubricant. A consultation with the lubricant manufacturer on the shelf life of the lubricant is recommended to ensure quality.

Emulsifiers help in increasing solubility of the cutting oil in water by breaking down the oil into smaller globules and thereby maintaining a stable and uniform emulsion. A stable emulsion provides longer tank life and also ensures lower carry over loss resulting in minimum top ups.

The basic function of a cutting fluid is to provide adequate lubrication to the tool and work piece friction zone as well as remove heat generated by cooling the deformation area. Some additional properties that are desired in the cutting fluid are,

  • Ability to rinse away the metal debris from the friction zone
  • Provide adequate protection against corrosion to the machine and work piece
  • Compatible to machine paint and ensure stain free machines
  • Easy to handle and comply to safety and environmental regulations

Intense amount of heat is generated between the grinding wheel and work piece due to friction and cutting process. Uncontrolled heat can lead to structural damage of the work piece and increase in wear rate of the wheel. Fine dust and metal debris are continuously generated and needs to be cleared out from the wheel, work piece interface. The cutting fluid for Grinding process should possess the right amount of lubricity and cooling property to reduce friction and manage temperature rise. Additionally the cutting fluid should also possess the right amount of detergency and flushing property to clear the fine machined debris.

With a higher dosage of lubricity to reduce friction and temperature rise, the coolant should also contain EP additives that can protect the tool by forming a thin layer between the tool and work piece. Additionally, the cutting fluid should possess the right amount of flushing property to clear the machined swarf from the machined area

Ideally, de mineralized (DM) water with neutral pH of 7 and hardness less than 50 ppm is recommended. The chloride level should be less than 25 ppm with no bacterial and fungal presence. Usage of hard water leads to increased conductivity, hence poor rust protection and lower sump life.

‘Oil into water’ or ‘oil in last (OIL)’ is a recommended practice for better solubility of the coolant in water. Water in oil would result in large size oil globules with the oil loving ‘oleopphilic’ ions of the emulsifier being ineffective. This would lead to a unstable oil water emulsion.

  • Keep a regular check on the concentration of the emulsion, maintain recommended concentration
  • Remove any tramp oil from the coolant tank thoroughly
  • Measure pH regularly
  • Avoid all sorts of dust near the tank, remove the machined debris from the tank regularly.
  • Follow the prescribed procedure while changing the coolant.

Including the effectiveness of ‘cutting fluid’, tool life is impacted by a host of other parameters including cutting speed, feed rate, depth of cut, tool and work material, nature of cut and machine rigidity. Cutting fluids with high amount of EP additives would insulate the tool from frictional wear and ensure longer life. Studies have shown that with all other parameters remaining the same, cutting fluids with good EP properties can increase tool life by 20 to 40%.

Aluminum alloys which contain Copper and Zinc as alloying elements are susceptible to chemical reaction (black stains) with cutting fluids that contain Amines as ingredient.  For machining such Aluminum alloys, amine free cutting fluids are recommended

Colour change of the emulsion is notable during machining of Cast Iron with the Fe ions dissolving with the emulsion. However with all other parameters such as pH, conductivity, concentration and microbial behavior remaining within the specified limits, colour change does not impact performance of the emulsion.

Operators handling components with bare hands and in constant touch with the emulsion could feel irritation and itchiness or develop rashes as well. As sensitivity of the skin is subjective, operators need to handle machined components with proper gloves and other protective gear with the objective of avoiding direct contact with the emulsion. Barrier creams could also be considered where direct contact is unavoidable.

Ensuring a stable emulsion with regular check on pH levels and microbial growth by removing chips, swarf and tramp oil from the tank will also help in reducing possibilities of such concerns. Encourage operators to maintain good personal hygiene, recommend regular laundry of their work dress, avoiding wet rags into pockets, usage of mild soaps etc.

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