How to choose the best lubricants in the food industry



Klüber Lubrication has been formulating, manufacturing and merchandising speciality lubricants for the food and pharmaceutical industries for several decades. Here are some practical tips to help you achieve the best results in terms of both technical application and food safety.


First of all, the specific safety requirements for the food sector must be taken into account: upstream, all machines must be designed by the manufacturers to exclude contact with food; downstream, operators must assess their process and put controls and countermeasures in place to ensure the healthiness of the product placed on the market. Therefore, a careful assessment is necessary to take into account the actual chemical, microbiological and occupational safety risks of using a given lubricant. 

It is also of fundamental importance to consider the technical and application requirements of one’s own machines: in food production, lubricants often have to meet particularly high technical requirements. For example, in addition to their basic functions (reducing friction, protecting against corrosion, dissipating heat and sealing), they must be physiologically harmless, odourless and tasteless. Besides, they are often exposed to demanding environmental and operating conditions, including humidity, environmental contamination, extreme temperatures and the use of aggressive cleaning agents.

Equally important is the appropriate use of lubricants: for the reasons outlined above, lubricants must be selected and used according to their intended use, both from an application and regulatory point of view. Improper use of the lubricant, for example by using a 3H release agent in an application that requires a lubricant instead, can result in a high safety risk for the process, the line or maintenance operators, and the consumers. 

Klüber Lubrication experts are on hand to support you in selecting the most suitable solutions for your specific plant requirements: for more details

Klüber Lubrication Italia
Via Monferrato, 57 – 20098 San Giuliano Milanese – MI
Tel.: +39 02 98213 1 – email:


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