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Precision bearings and condition monitoring

H3G bearing grease from NSK is 100% food derived

NSK has developed the world´s first grease lubricant that is 100% derived from food grade ingredients. The development represents a breakthrough for any plants where machinery, production equipment or devices come into contact with foods, pharmaceuticals or cosmetics. Furthermore, the new H3G grease is ideal for any application that is suited to the lubricant´s additional strengths of water resistance and low torque.Image1.jpeg - NSK now offers the world´s first lubricant grease for bearings derived from 100% food grade ingredients.

Typical applications range from food machinery such as shakers, fillers, centrifugal separators, bottling machines and conveyors, through to pharmaceutical, cosmetics and medical process devices, including pumps. Importantly, the environmentally friendly grease conforms to the highest international standards for safety regarding products that may come into accidental contact with food.

The new NSK eco-friendly grease, which is petroleum-free, exceeds the standards of lubricants currently used widely in such applications. These are generally based on rapeseed oil and other vegetable oils that contain many non-food ingredients. Such greases can also have performance limitations, with lower oxidative stability, resulting in lubricity and durability issues.

In contrast, NSK´s grease is made entirely from food-based ingredients including the base oil, thickening agent and additives. For instance, food-grade vegetable oil is used for its excellent heat tolerance as a base oil, while the thickening agent contains food additives with a fine 3D network for good base oil retention.

The lubricant is also formulated with food additives that further enhance the durability of the base oil, delivering a grease that offers enhanced oxidative stability and one-third lower friction loss (torque) than existing comparable products. Further advantages are less leakage and longer service live, even where there is exposure to water.

From an environmental perspective, the grease is naturally biodegradable and produces no toxic waste, making it both non-polluting and fully sustainable.

NSK in profile
Established almost 100 years ago, NSK (Nippon Seiko Kabushiki Kaisha) is a Japanese-listed company that has evolved from a regional ball bearing supplier to a roller bearing specialist and automotive supplier with a global market presence. Today, NSK employs more than 30,500 employees in 29 countries. As per March 2014 NSK achieved a turnover of 6,2 billion Euros. This result has been driven by ever-increasing investment in research & development, enabling the company to continuously improve the quality of its products and services. This investment supports NSK´s objective of »No. 1 in Total Quality». In addition to a complete rolling bearing portfolio, NSK develops and manufactures precision components and mechatronic products, as well as systems and components for the automotive industry, including wheel bearing units and electric power-steering systems.

In 1963, NSK´s first European subsidiary, Düsseldorf, Germany, was opened and in 1976, the first European production facility in Peterlee, England. Today, NSK Europe supports pan-European sales with production locations in England, Poland and Germany, logistics centres in the Netherlands, Germany and England and technology centres in Germany, England and Poland. In 1990, NSK purchased the UPI Group including the renowned European bearing manufacturer RHP, with its factory in Newark (UK). Additionally, NSK has developed a comprehensive network of authorised sales distributors. NSK Europe is divided into application-based business divisions: Industry rolling bearing technologies & linear and precision technology (EIBU) as well as bearing modules and steering systems for the automotive industry (EABU & ESBU). In this organisation, NSK Europe's 3,500 employees achieved a turnover of over 900 million Euros as per March 2014.

For further information, view website: www.nskeurope.com 
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