If society and civilization can be compared to an efficient and consistent clock, with its gears and inner machinery all working splendidly well and fine, then its success must be owed to those who oil it, who make sure that the whole machine is running smoothly. We mean this metaphorically, in how “those who oil” society’s gears are those who make things run on time (managers, essential workers, etc) but let’s look at the concept of lubrication, such as oil.
There are many types of lubricant, from Oil based lubricants to synthetic lubricants. Food-grade lubricants, for example, are used in food processing machines and other such technology and must meet high safety standards because of its proximity to edible materials. Here, the lubricants are literal, but nonetheless, they provide an essential service to society. How did this come to be?
A Snapshot of Lubricants in History
Before food grade lubricants were a thing, lubrication has been an important part of any machine-based task ever since humanity developed civilization. Oil and grease were used in the construction of ancient buildings, like the ones in Egypt, while evidence showed that the various wheeled vehicles of antiquity (carts, chariots, carriages, etc.) were oiled to stop them from chafing. As the Industrial revolution approached, more and more complex machines were developed for mass production, and as such, more lubrication was in demand to keep such devices running. Eventually, this would lead to food production machines that needed oil to keep their segments working well, but since such devices processed food, how did they oil it while making sure that the food processed was clean? The answer was food grade lubricants.
Why are Food Grade Lubricants important in the Industry?
Cleanliness: Such lubricants help the machine stay clean, and are also free of harmful chemicals that might warp or spoil the food being processed.
Efficiency: Food grade lubricants are still lubricants, and as such are expected to perform their duties (heat transfer, ease up friction, etc.). The only distinction is that they are edible enough to be used near food.
Religious or cultural norms: Certain religions or cultures (such as practicing Jews and Muslims) do not abide with eating certain foods. To reassure the customers who buy products processed by such machines, companies certify that their machines and products do not contain taboo contaminants. As food grade lubricants suppliers in the Philippines, we make sure that our products conform to the cultural, ethical, religious and environmental needs of our customers.
An Example of a Reliable Food Grade Lubricant Provider
Petro Canada Lubricants are a staple provider of high-quality good grade lubricants. Their PURITYTM FG products are designed to give efficient lubrication while also inhibiting the growth of harmful microbes and chemicals on the industry machines. As befitting their title, PURITYTM FG products like PURITYTM FG Gear Fluids with MICROL™ MAX† lubricants can withstand high temperatures and other effects, while also preventing contamination and maintaining the cleanliness needed for food based machines.
What are Petro Canada’s Credentials?
The PURITYTM FG Food Grade Lubricants that Petro Canada supplies include NSF H1 lubricants designed to tackle and mitigate the effects of accidental food contact. Such products can also be integrated to HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) and GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) programs with ease. Their products can withstand the pressure of powerful food processing conditions, and can greatly reduce downtime and save money. If you want a trustworthy source of industry food grade lubricants, trust Petro Canada Lubricants.