Striking the Middle Ground: Sealing and Lubrication Solutions for the Sugar Industry

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

Among the many challenges are:

  • Extreme temperatures
  • Abrasive and corrosive substances
  • Environments prone to contamination
  • Frequent washes
  • Compliance with Food and Beverage Legislation
  • High energy consumption
  • Compliance with environmental regulations.

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

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

The high cost of reactive maintenance

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

Seal degradation is one of the main reasons assets need 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 equal. Choosing cheaper options, or those of lower technical quality, in this cutthroat industry will hit a producer where it hurts the most – the bottom line.

The cost of leaky seals impacts all other elements of production, including:

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

In the sugar industry, by far the most satisfactory sealing solution is the use of precision engineered polymer seals. Whether in sugar factories, refineries, chocolate production, etc., 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 sealing materials includes polyurethanes, rubbers, PTFE and hard plastic. Each offers superior resistance to wear, abrasion, chemicals, 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 joints – will pay dividends in production and bottom line.

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

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

Rachel J. Bradford