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NEW PRODUCT: 4061 Ovenworx H1 SYN Chain Lubricant 

TECHNI-TIP: Improving Oven Chain Lubrication

CUSTOMER TESTIMONIAL: 9965 Monolec High Temperature Oven Chain Lubricant NSF H2




Ovenworx H1 Syn Chain Lubricant (4061) was formulated specifically to combat the demanding conditions present with oven chain applications. In addition, it is approved for incidental food contact and contains no artificial dyes, making it a good choice for food manufacturing plants.

Oven chain efficiency is dependent upon a lubricant that can keep the chain operating freely and smoothly, fighting the ever present heat and moisture that can cause corrosion and eventually lead to premature failure of oven chain pins and bushings. Only the most robust lubricant formulations can perform in this application; it is not an area to cut corners. If the oven chain fails, output comes to a screeching halt. In addition to this high level of protection, equipment runs more cleanly and efficiently with Ovenworx 4061, which lubricates without the need of solids. Lubricants with solids have to be stirred to keep the solids distributed within the carrier and prevent them from falling out of the suspension.

- High-Performance: Fully Synthetic lubricant seals out contamination and penetrates to all moving parts ensuring quiet and smooth operation. At the same time decreasing energy consumption by reducing frictional and drag force.

- Resists High Temperature: 4061 contains no solid additives to fall out of suspension; however, It can still lubricate chains up to 300 degrees Celsius (572 degree Fahrenheit).

- Easy to Apply: It can be applied to hot oven chain without interrupting operation and leaves no residue, meaning no mess is created.

- Approved for Food Manufacturing: 4061 meets NSF H1 and Kosher pareve requirements; It is low-staining and odor neutral

- Typical Applications include: automatic lubrication systems for baking ovens, kiln chain drives, skate chains in bread and bun baking ovens, stenter and tenter chains, and other high-temperature oven chains

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TECHNI-TIP: Improving Oven Chain Lubrication

On a microscopic level, all metal surfaces are uneven and have high and low spots. The high points, called asperities, on opposing working surfaces meet under heavily loaded conditions and the instantaneous contact temperatures of these asperities often exceed 500 degrees Celsius. Pressures in the contact zone can also exceed 175,000 psi.1 Only the Al-Mg-Si technology meets these needs and remains inert and intact under these extremes of temperature and load.

Neither graphite nor PTFE has sufficient load-carrying capacities, and moly becomes abrasive, which causes wear. Consequently, NASA has used the Al-Mg-Si solid film technology on every manned U.S. space flight including the lunar landings and the space shuttle.

The size and the morphology of the particles of the Al-Mg-Si powder are carefully controlled. These particles are platelets, which form a single-layer coating on the surface of the metal through particulate attraction. These particles carry the load when the hydrodynamic oil film is gone (squeezed out or evaporated off), preventing metal-to-metal contact.

Reduction in Friction
The reduction in friction translates into less wear, cooler operating temperatures and smaller electricity bills. The energy savings alone typically pay for the lubricant several times over. The most noticeable differences are the elimination of squealing and screaming of the chains. Another benefit is that the Al-Mg-Si powder does not build up on itself or make a mess like some other solid lubricants do.

Different carriers allow the solid lubricant to be applied at different temperatures. For room-temperature application, light carriers such as kerosene are used. But if the chains are hot, the low flash point of these fluids is a fire hazard, so a variety of synthetic carriers are employed.

The best ones are smokeless and odorless. Unlike lubricants that rely on the fluid to provide the lubrication film, the evaporation rate of these products should be high rather than low because the oil is only a carrier to take the solids to where they are needed - inside the pin and bushing area.

The light carrier ensures proper penetration into the links of the chain at cool temperatures. During extended production runs, a smokeless, odorless, high flash point chain lubricant is applied to the hot chain as required.

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CUSTOMER TESTIMONIAL: 9965 Monolec High Temperature Oven Chain Lubricant NSF H2

"9965 Monolec saved 3-5% energy cost and gained 52 production hours per year"

Customer Profile
Leo's Foods manufactures corn and flour tortillas for distribution throughout Texas and surrounding areas. They have been an LE customer for 15 years.

Heat and controlled ovens are used to make corn and flour tortillas.

Leo's uses an automatic lubrication system.
While using commercial brand hydraulic oil, severe carbon deposits would form on the oven chains. The fluid would plug the lube lines not allowing the chain to get sufficient lubricant, and it did not have a sufficient flash point, causing a fire hazard and ruining many tortillas

LE Solution
9965 MONOLEC High Temperature Oven Chain Lubricant was recommended by LE Representative Bill Guynes. LE's 9965 is a specially formulated lubricant with excellent thermal stability and low volatility. It forms a soft carbonaceous residue that functions as a solid lubricant. 9965 provides reduced wear, reduced power consumption, lower friction, and has resistance to moisture and corrosion.

Customer Cost Savings
LE's 9965 MONOLEC High Temperature Oven Chain Lubricant allows the application to be re-lubed on a continuous basis without facing downtime for the cooling and cleaning of the chain, resulting in a gain of 52 production hours per year. 9965 has also resulted in a 3%-5% energy reduction per oven and a two-year chain life.

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