Machine condition monitoring for food and beverage - Food and Beverage
Manufacturers of food and beverages typically have a high volume of product passing through their facilities at all times. For this reason, any unexpected downtime can be very costly in terms of lost production. In addition, many food and beverage facilities have difficult challenges associated with lubricant contamination.
Many of these facilities have a lot of water or steam being used to clean and sterilize products and packaging. Water can get into the lubrication oil and become a very troublesome contaminant. Facilities also often deal with airborne contaminants like sugar and other fine, powdery foods that can contaminate oils.
Often there are special oils used that comply with NSF standard like H1, H2 and H3. So any oil analysis must be able to handle these specialty lubricants.
Water is one of the worst contaminants for lubrication oil. Water contamination can greatly affect the oil’s viscosity and can also lead to rusting of machine components. Traditional methods for measuring water contamination, like Karl Fischer titration, can be costly, time-consuming and impossible to use outside of a laboratory environment.
Fortunately water contamination can be measured quickly and easily using the FluidScan. The FluidScan requires only a couple drops of oil and one minute to run the analysis. Results compare quite favorably with laboratory Karl Fischer results without the need for special training, solvents and dangerous acids.