Lubricants | Viscosity of Food Grade Lubricants

Kinematic viscosity and viscosity index are important parameters in the specification and monitoring of food grade lubricants. Anton Paar’s SVM 4001 viscometer with its two measuring cells is the perfect solution for fast and standard-compliant testing.


Food safety is a very important topic and food grade lubricants are one of the most crucial needs within the production line. Choosing the wrong lubricant can have high impact on production safety and food quality.

The production of food grade lubricants is similar to other lubricants, but higher cleanliness is required and production lines must be certified according to ISO 9001. The lubricants must fulfill the same tribological aspects as other lubricants. Unlike lube oils used in other fields, stringent directives for odor, cleanliness, toxicity and sanitary requirements must be fulfilled.

Due to their different fields of operation, food grade lubricants on different chemical bases are available, such as mineral/white oil, polyalfaolefins (PAO), esters, polyalkylene glycol (PAG), silicone oil or perfluoro polyether.

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