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Food grade oils and greases by numbers

September 28, 2021

We are often asked by engineers and lubricant buyers to quantify the benefits of using Activate Lubricants. Questions such as ‘what does this do to my lubricant spend?’, ‘what is reliability actually worth to me?’ and ‘how long will this aerosol last’ are pretty common.

While Compliance Managers can usually visualise the benefits from our core information, engineers and buyers tend to want more practical proof – and why shouldn’t they? After all, we are asking them to put their faith (and hard-stretched budgets) into products, systems and a general ethos that is unproven to them at that point.

As you would imagine, it’s actually quite difficult to quote figures in response to these questions because savings or, more importantly, the overall cost-effectiveness of the entire lubrication culture, very much depend on individual site circumstances and requirements, as well as the state of current lubrication practices – the less ‘best practice’ they are, the greater the effect of introducing Activate!

However, we do often see numbers-based feedback from our (and our customers’) real-world experience – following is a small collection to get your food lubrication ‘brain calculator’ ticking!

You can learn more about lean lubrication and expertise enabled reliability by talking to one of our friendly advisors - get in touch with Activate today!

£5.25bn - recoverable losses that occur in plain sight in the UK food and beverage industry each year due to out-dated lubrication practices.

£2.5m - the cost of a documented product recall example, due to non-foodgrade lubricant present on a single production line.

1% - typical percentage of MRO spend that is spent on lubricants compared to 40%+ percentage of equipment that requires lubrication. Smarter spend on lubrication culture equals 25% reduction on equipment breakdowns.

£900 per tonne - Group 2 base oils (liquid paraffin compared to £3500 per tonne for Group 4 synthetics. Are you sure you are investing in the right product for asset care life? If it looks too cheap to be true, it is!

50% - of all mechanical breakdowns have a lubrication component.

Up to 10% - the lost OEE opportunity of breakdowns and resulting downtime.

48,000 - the number of hours of understanding amassed by one of our Applications Directors into how machinery and lubrication interact and their impact on machine life, reliability and efficiency.

5000+ - engineers in UK and Ireland using Activate Lubricants products every year.

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