Reaching the sweet spot: Sealing and lubrication solutions for the sugar industry

The sugar industry presents a difficult production environment. The difficult sugar manufacturing process places high demands on equipment, making it imperative to have the right seals and lubricants in place that can withstand pressures 24/7.

Here are some of the many challenges:

  • Extreme temperatures
  • Abrasive and corrosive substances
  • Environments prone to contamination
  • Frequent washings
  • Food and Beverage Law Compliance
  • High energy consumption
  • Meet environmental regulations.

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Two of the most effective methods of overcoming these challenges boil down to some of the smallest assets: seals and lubrication. Not only can it be difficult to meet all the necessary compliances, but the difficult nature of sugarcane processing and the creation of related products are all too often the cause of unscheduled maintenance, equipment failure and a waste of energy.

This is where using the best products for the job pays dividends. Sealing and lubrication solutions specially designed for use in the sugar industry have an extremely positive impact on machinery and productivity. Add to this the increasing pressures to offer services and products at increasingly competitive prices, and the demands of such an offer become more evident.

The high cost of reactive maintenance

sugar industryLeaks and ineffective seals are among the main causes of skyrocketing production costs. Unscheduled repairs weigh about four times more on the bottom line than scheduled and routinely performed maintenance.

Degrading seals is one of the main reasons assets have to be taken offline prematurely. Determining their correct lifespan depends on selecting the correct, high-quality options in the first place. An accurate and efficient maintenance program can be achieved using seals designed for the harshest environments and with a proven track record of longevity.

Not all seals are created equal. Choosing cheaper or lower-tech options will hit a producer in this fierce industry where it hurts the most – the bottom line.

The cost of gasket leaks impacts everything else in production, including:

  • Reduced production due to inefficient process
  • Increased energy costs
  • The risk of contamination
  • Unscheduled downtime for seal repairs
  • Increased lubrication costs.

By far the most satisfactory sealing solution in the sugar industry is the use of precisely engineered polymer gaskets. In any field – from sweets and refineries to chocolate production and more – seals play a vital role in facilitating operations and increasing return on investment.

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In the food and beverage industry, the choice of advanced sealants includes polyurethanes, rubbers, PTFE and hard plastic. Each offers superior wear, abrasion resistance, chemical resistance, reduced contamination, and of course, compliance with many stringent industry regulations.

In extreme environments, such as the sugar industry, sweating the little things – especially the choice of seals – will pay off in terms of production and results.

Combining advanced sealing solutions with an industry-specific biodegradable machine lubricant, such as Chesterton 650 AML, can keep even the most difficult applications running smoothly.

At Chesterton and Chesterton Customseal, providing such cutting edge technology is our passion. When it comes to food grade products, only the best gaskets and lubricants will do. Find out more at and take your asset sealing solutions to the next level – quite simply, seals without compromise.

Rachel J. Bradford