Swiss packaging group Tetra Pak has introduced a new dry lubrication solution for packaging line conveyor belts and distribution equipment.
Part of the company’s technical services portfolio, the solution helps to reduce water and electricity consumption, as well as the manpower and time required for machine maintenance.
Using the new Tetra Pak Dry Lubrication kit, producers can also save an average of 35,000l of water per filling line annually.
The fully automated system ensures precision and safety to staff working on the operation floor.
Tetra Pak parts, consumables and upgrades director Klara Svedberg said: “We are pleased to offer a much more efficient lubrication solution to our customers, helping them to improve operational performance and reduce costs.
“With an estimated 50% reduction in running costs compared to wet lubrication, the benefits of switching to dry lubrication systems speak for themselves.”
The Tetra Pak Dry Lubrication kit that features the application systems, lubricant and installation guide requires very small quantities of oil to operate and completely eliminates the use of water.
Tetra Pak noted that a drop of food grade oil roughly the size of 80mm³ is directly added to the conveyor belt to reduce its friction with the package.
Earlier this month, the company unveiled a new version of Tetra Pak PlantMaster that would help manufacturers to programme their entire plant through a single data management system.
The upgraded version features the Tetra Pak PlantMaster manufacturing execution systems (MES) suite, which is a new software programme specifically designed for the food and beverage industry.