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Food Safe Bearings Improve Reliability and Increase Longevity in Food Processing Plants

Published: Jun 8 2020

ABB FOOD SAFE BEARINGSChallenge: Two local food processing plants were experiencing high bearing failure rates. The equipment in this type of environment is frequently exposed to high temperatures, high pressure, and caustic washdown leading to an increase in downtime, more shutdowns for maintenance, and recurring maintenance costs.  

Solution: Taking the unique production environment and the customers’ needs, CBT collaborated with our partner ABB to provide a custom solution focused around the new Food Safe Bearings. The Food Safe bearings were ideal for this application for many reasons including their IP69K rating and rigorous testing. The 100% ingress protection warranty and durable design give ABB’s Food Safe bearings the power to outlast other washdown bearings even in the harshest environments. 

Outcome: Replacing outdated, damaged bearings with ABB’s Food Safe bearings lead to a reduction in additional inventory, regular preventative maintenance, and unscheduled downtime for both food processing plants.

Product Features: 

  • Smooth stainless-steel housing without a grease zerk designed to minimize harboring points 

  • IP69 for water rating ensures suitability for aggressive, clean in place washdown procedures 

  • Laser identification on the housing and insert to minimize crevices that can harbor bacteria 

  • Sealed and lubed for life bearings to minimize maintenance costs 

  • Unique insert design with stainless steel base material with a revolutionary KleenTec top coating for enhanced corrosion resistance against common cleaning agents 

  • Max life cage prevents grease washout 

  • Hydro armor seal protects internal rotating elements from water ingress 

  • H1 food grade synthetic grease 

Product Applications 

  • Conveyors 

  • Mixers 

  • Sorters 

  • Packaging 




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