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Food grade lubricants range helps food and beverage companies save energy

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Food grade lubricants range helps food and beverage companies save energy
Laboratory tests find that a range of synthetic food grade lubricants improve energy efficiency compared to alternatives on the market.
In Use – This lubricant range was first launched 3 years ago but it is only during 2012 that the manufacturers have identified and reported its energy saving possibilities.

Resource efficiency (e.g. filling line efficiency)

Product Categories
Drinks, Food

Relevant Materials
Not Applicable

Relevant Packaging Formats
Not Applicable

Supply Chain Phase
Filling, Processing, Production


A series of laboratory tests by the manufacturer have documented that a range of synthetic food grade lubricants can help manufacturing plant to improve energy efficiency. The savings are achieved through two mechanisms.

Firstly, the energy required by the machine to churn the oil is reduced.
Secondly, in the high pressure environments where lubricants are used, the lubricant become like a glass which has to be sheared to facilitate movement. For this particular lubricant range, the low traction co-efficient of its molecules means that it is sheared more easily than other lubricants, thereby reducing the energy required to drive the equipment.
Key to the advantages of this lubricant is the fact that it is based on synthetic molecules. This allows the manufacturers to design lubricant excellence characteristics into the base stock molecules
Manufactured by ExxonMobil, the SHC Cibus Series oils are NSF H1 registered and is therefore appropriate for use where there is a risk of incidental contact with the food product.
The content in this entry has been obtained from publicly available information sources only (e.g. press releases, website and trade press articles) and is subject to completion of a validation process with the technology supplier.

Potential Benefits

The manufacturer’s tests indicate that energy savings of up to 3.6% are possible.

Intellectual Property

SHC Cibus Series oils are manufactured and supplied by ExxonMobil Lubricants and Petroleum Specialties.

Consultant View

Readers interested in energy efficiency related innovations in the food and drink manufacturing sector should try searching the REID database for other relevant entries. Useful search term combinations could include “food and drink” and “energy efficiency” and “processing”.

Contacts and Further Information

Dr Ian Davidson
Global Industrial Marketing Manager
ExxonMobil Lubricants and Petroleum Specialties Company
Enquiries for this product range can be submitted via the company’s website contact form at:

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