LE Stops Bearing Failures for Pasta Manufacturer
- May 03, 2018 -
General Mills started in the USA in 1880 with Gold Medal Flour and for more than 150 years has manufactured a range of food products in 100 countries throughout the world. The Auckland site manufactures pasta products, including brands such as Betty Crocker, Old El Paso and Frescarini.
Bearings on pasta manufacturing equipment. Challenge Short bearing life, short lubrication intervals, and rust and corrosion issues due to regular washdowns and the caustic environment.
H1 Quinplex Food Machinery Lubricant (4025) was recommended due to its resistance to washdowns. This product clings tenaciously to metal, protecting bearings and other metal surfaces. It is also rated as a General Mills A Lubricant.
The Quinplex grease stays in place even after the regular wash downs that occur. Lubrication intervals have increased from the previous once per day to now only once per week. Lubricant usage has reduced dramatically, and bearings are no longer failing at the plant due to inadequate lubrication.
“When we get new sealed bearings, we clean them out and repack them with Quinplex (4025), to make sure they will last”, said Bill Fitzgerald, Engineering Manager.
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