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In the food processing industry, achieving impeccable food safety is a shared responsibility. Not only is the food processor responsible, the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) is also. It’s a relief to know that there are OEMs – like ASGO, Lda. – out there manufacturing top-quality, food-safe machinery, and using advanced food grade lubricants when factory-filling and servicing. Since 1962, ASGO, Lda. has been building top-quality equipment for the food processing industry. Based in Ermesinde, Portugal, the company has grown to become a well-respected, international OEM. Their product range is built to suit small, medium and large industrial demands with the highest standard of quality and reliability. The Equipment ASGO, Lda. builds several pieces of food processing equipment, including grinders, filling machines, lifters and mixers. Each piece is constructed with food grade stainless steel, safety devices and tools.
Lubricating The Mixer’s Speed-reducing Gears
ASGO, Lda.’s mixers are designed specifically for mixing food pastes and dough. The speed-reducing gears are the heart of the machine. Lubricating these gears properly with a top-quality gear fluid is vital. Without doing so, oxidative breakdown, shortened drain intervals, seizures, scuffing and wear are just a few of the problems you could be faced with. Such was the case at ASGO, Lda. a few years ago. The factory-fill gear fluid being used wasn’t doing its job – it wasn’t providing the enhanced lubrication required.
Finding A Better Gear Oil
Jorge Gonçalves, ASGO, Lda.’s technical director, contacted his lubricants distributor, Shintaro Quimica e Engenharia Lda., and explained the issues he was having. He needed to fi nd an enhanced gear oil – one that was H1 registered by NSF, with extended drain and long-term protection capabilities. Gonçalves got all that and more when he found Petro-Canada’s PURITY FG EP Gear Fluid 460.
“Our search for the best gear fluid came to an end when we found Petro-Canada’s PURITY FG EP Gear Fluid 460,” says Gonçalves.
What A Difference
Since Gonçalves began factory-filling and servicing his mixers’ speed-reducing gears with PURITY FG EP Gear Fluid 460 from Petro Canada, his customers have benefitted from several performance enhancements. For instance, drain intervals have been drastically extended. In the past when servicing his customers’ mixers, he used to have to drain the gear fluid annually. But since the switch to PURITY FG EP Gear Fluid 460, he’s more than doubled the drain intervals. In addition, upon inspecting the gears Gonçalves is delighted to see substantially reduced gear and bearing wear and the absence of rust and corrosion.
“PURITY FG EP Gear Fluid 460 is now the factory-fill gear fluid for our mixers. It has everything we need – it’s H1 registered, extends drains, protects against shock loading and rust corrosion. All of its performance benefits have enabled me to provide my customers with a performance guarantee,” says Gonçalves.
PURITY FG EP Gear Fluid Features & Benefits
Petro-Canada’s PURITY FG EP Gear Fluids are advanced food grade lubricants formulated to deliver enhanced, longer-lasting protection. They are formulated to protect against damage due to shock loading, long-term wear, and a build-up of sludge, varnish, rust and corrosion. The fluids meet the food industry standards and fit perfectly in HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) and GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) plans, and provide outstanding lubrication in all enclosed gears, such as worm, helical, bevel and spur. PURITY FG EP Gear Fluid is available in ISO VG 100, 150, 220, 320, and 460.
Using the patented HT purity process, Petro‑Canada produces 99.9 percent, crystal-clear base oil. Free of impurities that can hinder performance and fortified with specially selected performance additives, PURITY FG EP Gear Fluids provide outstanding resistance to oxidation, and protection from wear and shock loading.
A Full Range Of PURITY FG Products
Gonçalves was so impressed with the performance of PURITY FG EP Gear Fluid 460, he decided to upgrade and switch to some other products from the PURITY FG family, including PURITY FG2 Grease, PURITY FG Compressor Fluid 100, PURITY FG AW Hydraulic Fluid 46 and PURITY FG White Mineral Oil 15.