A well baked solution for Suprima

The CRC Greenlight program sounded like the perfect package to Steve Carr, Engineering Manager for Suprima Bakeries, when he first learned about the program through John Perri, Key Account Executive at BSC. Read more

Safety in the can

The CRC GREENLIGHT programme is designed to make compliance and auditing simple for food manufacturers – and  that is certainly the case with a cannery on the outskirts of Adelaide in South Australia.

BSC Wingfield Sales Representative Robert Harris says because auditors are familiar with the programme, the cannery has found it much easier and faster to manage its auditing process.

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Oiling the wheel for Boundary Bend’s olive harvesters

Australia’s award-winning extra virgin olive oil, Cobram Estate, is advertised as ‘the only oil you need,’ and while that message pertains to the delicate process of cooking, the less delicate process of harvesting the olives relies on other types of lubricants, as Bryden Coote, Branch Manager at BSC’s Swan Hill explains.

“When you have a chain worth thousands of dollars installed on a harvesting machine, it can become quite expensive if the chains do not last through the harvest season, not to mention the downtime from having to replace the chain in the middle of harvesting,” says Bryden.

Cobram Estate is the flagship brand of Boundary Bend Limited (BBL) – Australia’s largest olive farmer and producer of extra virgin olive oil. Across its multiple olive groves in the Murray Valley region of Victoria, BBL owns over 2.5 million olive trees on more than 6000 hectares of farmland.

To efficiently harvest olives from these groves, BBL has been involved in developing its own unique olive harvester machines that enable continuous harvesting rather than the discontinuous system used in most other olive growing countries. During the harvest season, these machines work 24 hours a day to pick the olives when they are at their best.

Over the past couple of years and as recommended by Bryden, Sam Griffiths, Maintenance Manager at the Boundary Bend Estate has been using CRC TAC2 chain lubricants for the maintenance of the Boundary Bend harvester machines – with more than satisfactory results.

“Every day, as part of our routine maintenance, we spray the CRC TAC2 on the harvester chains and this has helped us extend the service life of the chains considerably,” says Sam. “We only use the harvester machines during the harvest season but by keeping the chains lubricated throughout the year, we have almost halved our chain breakdowns. Now we only replace the chains once or twice a year as part of our routine maintenance.”

Iain Faber, National Channel Manager at CRC Industries explains why TAC2 is a suitable choice for lubricating high-speed chains, such as the ones in Boundary Bend’s harvesters.

“The CRC TAC2 is a dual-viscosity lubricant, which means it can be sprayed onto the chain as an oil but it firms up into a grease-like consistency as it sets, enabling it to remain in place without flinging off. Because of this unique formulation, TAC2 can penetrate into the pins and the seals in the chain to effectively protect the chain against wear.

“Moreover, the TAC2 lubricant is resistant to water wash downs, so it can be safely used in areas where water is present. It has a wide operating temperature range, so you can use TAC2 in both hot and cold temperatures.”

But TAC2 is not the only chain lubricant CRC has on offer. The CRC GEL TAC is another chain lubricant with similar properties as TAC2 but suited to different applications, as Iain explains.

“I always use the example of a motorbike and a forklift,” says Iain. “Whereas the TAC2 is best suited for high speed applications like motorbike chains, GEL TAC is designed to stay in place in low speed, high pressure applications such as the chains used in general leaf and pin chains and overhead forklifts.

“The CRC GEL TAC has the similar benefits as the TAC2 in terms of dual-viscosity and water resistance, in addition to having a higher temperature performance. The GEL TAC can withstand temperatures up to 300 degree Celsius compared to the 165 degree Celsius in TAC2. Both products are water-insoluble, meaning that they both perform very well in high water environments and resist water wash off.

Additionally, CRC also offers the Food Grade range of chain lubricants for applications where risk of incidental contact with food is present.

“The CRC Food Grade chain lubricants use a special blend of mineral oil and synthetic additives. The formulation for these lubricants is such that after you spray the oil, it forms bubbles and this foaming action gives the oil better penetration rate into the chain,” he says.

“CRC’s Food Grade range are all NSF-H1 certified and tested for a list of 25 allergens, making them safe to use across all food processing applications. CRC also has all of the certifications required for audit purposes, enabling food processors to easily produce these when required.”

Back to the context of the BBL application, Bryden says in addition to recommending the best lubrication product for each application, BSC experts can also advise on the best maintenance regime to help extend the chain longevity for customers.

“Our customers invest heavily on chains and sprockets for their equipment and it’s important that these chains are maintained as best as possible. When BSC staff visit any site, they often check the equipment and make maintenance recommendations depending on the site conditions and the equipment available on the plant,” says Bryden.

As for Sam, he says he is quite pleased with the services he receives from the BSC Swan Hill branch, particularly Bryden, with whom he has been engaging regularly for the past four years.

“BSC is a very good supplier and the team are genuinely helpful, always going out of their way to supply us the required parts and products when we need them urgently. It’s a relationship built on trust and grown over time.”

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Poultry producer gets a set-and-forget lubrication solution

When a food processing and packaging customer within the poultry industry sought the expertise of CBC Australia to set up a new lubrication store solution for their facility, the CBC team collaborated with Alemlube and CRC Industries to meet and exceed the customer’s requirements.

CBC Australia Sales Representative, Debra Fitzpatrick, says their customer was required to meet stringent government regulations for food safety standards and environment protection.

“Understanding these requirements, we worked with our trusted partners, Alemlube and CRC Industries, to offer a set-and-forget solution that made regulatory compliance much easier for our customer,” she says.

The new lubrication store was equipped with the help of oil containers, lids, pumps and hoses provided by Alemlube, as well as a whole range of food grade oils, sealants and greases from CRC Industries. Adding a CRC SmartWasher also provided additional safety to the plant.

“CRC Industries offers a wide range of NFS H1 approved lubrication products. All of CRC’s food grade lubricants comply with Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) requirements so the customer can be assured of the highest degree of safety,” says Fitzpatrick.

Cross contamination was another concern for the plant. The lubricants needed to be categorised and stored properly to avoid the risk of someone using a non-food-rated product in the food manufacturing process.

Fitzpatrick says using the Alemlube iCan range of products overcame this risk completely.

“The Alemlube products are designed to make the maintenance and upkeep of equipment easier. The lids are color coded to avoid any confusion and minimise the risk of cross contamination. The quick fill ports also help avoid foreign particle ingress during refilling,” she explains.

To further simplify the quality assurance audit processes, CBC also recommended that the customer gets on board with CRC’s Greenlight Food Safety Program.

Iain Faber, National Channel Manager at CRC Industries, says the CRC Greenlight Program incorporates extensive training with the staff in maintenance and quality assurance departments to help them achieve a high level of regulatory compliance within their plant.

“As part of the Greenlight Program, CRC offers on-site training to maintenance for use and storage of food grade lubricants and cleaners to ensure NSF certification compliance. CRC also provides the customer with an audit compliance folder, which contains TDS, SDS, Allergen certification and global NSF certification,” he says.

“As well as this, the SDS certificate is printed on the underside of the label on CRC’s Food Grade aerosols. They also come complete with the CRC Permalock straw which is a locked in straw and spray actuator that reduces the risk of contamination.”

“Moreover, CRC helps customers with product swap outs based on their technical requirements and aligns the program with the customers’ current on-site audit and inspection programs. We also offer on-going support to technical staff, chemists and field support staff via online or on-site visits.”

Representatives from CRC Industries met with the technical team at the poultry plant to take them through the required trainings and demonstrations.

The CBC team also recommended adding a CRC SmartWasher to the lubrication store as an environmentally friendly parts washing solution.

“The CRC SmartWasher has a compact design and uses the Ozzy Juice cleaning/degreasing solution for washing parts as an environmentally-friendly alternative to solvent and aqueous-based parts washers.  The Ozzy Juice is also NSF compliant as well as certified AsureQuality” says Faber.

“The SmartWasher Bioremediating Parts Washing system is both self-cleaning and safe for the user. Through the process of bioremediating, the SmartWasher constantly maintains the cleanliness of the Ozzy Juice cleaning/degreasing solution without the need for hauling away of used fluid,” he adds.

CBC’s Food and Beverage Business Development Specialist, Matthew Byrnes, says the successful delivery of the required products, as well as the subsequent recommendations by CBC for additional services to the customer, came at the back of a long-standing relationship between CBC and their customer.

“Our customers trust us to meet their operational needs for quality parts and services and we deliver that by understanding their needs – sometimes even before they arise – and always being ready with the most suitable solution,” he says.

“We have built up this reputation over many years of service to the industry and working with reliable partners. When customers ask for certain products, we don’t just deliver that particular product to them. We look at their overall process and see what can be further added to help them achieve their objectives,” he concludes.

                                                 

Poultry producer gets a set-and-forget lubrication solution

When a food processing and packaging customer within the poultry industry sought the expertise of CBC Australia to set up a new lubrication store solution for their facility, the CBC team collaborated with Alemlube and CRC Industries to meet and exceed the customer’s requirements.

CBC Australia Sales Representative, Debra Fitzpatrick, says their customer was required to meet stringent government regulations for food safety standards and environment protection.

“Understanding these requirements, we worked with our trusted partners, Alemlube and CRC Industries, to offer a set-and-forget solution that made regulatory compliance much easier for our customer,” she says.

The new lubrication store was equipped with the help of oil containers, lids, pumps and hoses provided by Alemlube, as well as a whole range of food grade oils, sealants and greases from CRC Industries. Adding a CRC SmartWasher also provided additional safety to the plant.

“CRC Industries offers a wide range of NFS H1 approved lubrication products. All of CRC’s food grade lubricants comply with Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) requirements so the customer can be assured of the highest degree of safety,” says Fitzpatrick.

Cross contamination was another concern for the plant. The lubricants needed to be categorised and stored properly to avoid the risk of someone using a non-food-rated product in the food manufacturing process.

Fitzpatrick says using the Alemlube iCan range of products overcame this risk completely.

“The Alemlube products are designed to make the maintenance and upkeep of equipment easier. The lids are color coded to avoid any confusion and minimise the risk of cross contamination. The quick fill ports also help avoid foreign particle ingress during refilling,” she explains.

To further simplify the quality assurance audit processes, CBC also recommended that the customer gets on board with CRC’s Greenlight Food Safety Program.

Iain Faber, National Channel Manager at CRC Industries, says the CRC Greenlight Program incorporates extensive training with the staff in maintenance and quality assurance departments to help them achieve a high level of regulatory compliance within their plant.

“As part of the Greenlight Program, CRC offers on-site training to maintenance for use and storage of food grade lubricants and cleaners to ensure NSF certification compliance. CRC also provides the customer with an audit compliance folder, which contains TDS, SDS, Allergen certification and global NSF certification,” he says.

“As well as this, the SDS certificate is printed on the underside of the label on CRC’s Food Grade aerosols. They also come complete with the CRC Permalock straw which is a locked in straw and spray actuator that reduces the risk of contamination.”

“Moreover, CRC helps customers with product swap outs based on their technical requirements and aligns the program with the customers’ current on-site audit and inspection programs. We also offer on-going support to technical staff, chemists and field support staff via online or on-site visits.”

Representatives from CRC Industries met with the technical team at the poultry plant to take them through the required trainings and demonstrations.

The CBC team also recommended adding a CRC SmartWasher to the lubrication store as an environmentally friendly parts washing solution.

“The CRC SmartWasher has a compact design and uses the Ozzy Juice cleaning/degreasing solution for washing parts as an environmentally-friendly alternative to solvent and aqueous-based parts washers.  The Ozzy Juice is also NSF compliant as well as certified AsureQuality” says Faber.

“The SmartWasher Bioremediating Parts Washing system is both self-cleaning and safe for the user. Through the process of bioremediating, the SmartWasher constantly maintains the cleanliness of the Ozzy Juice cleaning/degreasing solution without the need for hauling away of used fluid,” he adds.

CBC’s Food and Beverage Business Development Specialist, Matthew Byrnes, says the successful delivery of the required products, as well as the subsequent recommendations by CBC for additional services to the customer, came at the back of a long-standing relationship between CBC and their customer.

“Our customers trust us to meet their operational needs for quality parts and services and we deliver that by understanding their needs – sometimes even before they arise – and always being ready with the most suitable solution,” he says.

“We have built up this reputation over many years of service to the industry and working with reliable partners. When customers ask for certain products, we don’t just deliver that particular product to them. We look at their overall process and see what can be further added to help them achieve their objectives,” he concludes.

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Proactive safety with SmartWasher

When a large trans-Tasman dairy facility bought eight of CRC Industries’ SmartWasher Bioremediating Parts Washing Systems, it was able to eliminate the use of harsh, solvent-based cleaners alongside all the associated risks that come with them, reducing the company’s liability and achieving better cleaning efficiencies.

“Its just a matter of time before everyone goes down this path,” CRC business development manager of the APAC region, Steve Colson, said. “All the big guys use it, and that has a lot to do with simplifying workplace OH&S compliancy.”

CRC’s SmartWasher exceeds standards in this regard. Colson said that the CRC SmartWasher requires less personal protective equipment (PPE).

“Customers were mostly driven to make the change to our SmartWasher because of bad reactions to parts washer solvents on their skin,” Colson said. “With the SmartWasher, all you need is gloves, rather than the full gamut of chemical gloves, protective aprons and breathing devices.

“Solvent-based cleaners expose people to skin irritants and vapours, create toxic liquid waste and you end up trying to clean parts with a filthy liquid and then dispose of all that hazardous waste.”

The CRC SmartWasher uses a pH neutral, non-hazardous, non-flammable water-based cleaning solution, and allows for the washing of parts at a comfortable 42 degrees. It also exceeds standards in regards to the environment.

The SmartWasher has been named a ‘Safer Choice product’ by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a certification granted once all ingredients have been analysed in order to determine there are no harmful effects to humans.

Distributor of CRC Industries products, BSC has been supplying to the food and beverage industry since 1921.

“We’re right on board with this revolutionary component cleaning system from the get-go taking these units to some of Australia leading dairy, biscuit and raw produce processing plants,” said BSC’s national product manager, lubricants, Steve Keown.

According to Keown, the facilities were drawn to the product because they take climate responsibility seriously and the CRC SmartWasher is an environmentally friendly product, which is something that the distributor also takes seriously.

“People want to use safer and more environmentally responsible parts washers and to show their customers they are dealing with waste responsibly,” he said.

Through the process of bioremediation, the SmartWasher is self-cleaning, as well as safe to use. In this instance, bioremediation is the use of microbes to break down or neutralise hazardous substances and contaminants, removing dangerous chemicals in the environment.

Colson said that microbes are introduced every month to keep the SmartWasher colony at optimal strength, breaking down cheese, chocolate and dairy fat. CRC Industries names its blend of nonpathogenic (harmless to humans) microbes in the SmartWasher system “Ozzy”.

“Solvents attack deposits from the outside whereas a surfactant breaks the bond between the part and the dirt, so it lifts off rather than dissolves. That means the SmartWasher’s cleaning action looks different, but it can dislodge deposits some solvents won’t touch.”

Ozzy microbes also eat the potentially harmful waste in the SmartWasher and then transform it into small quantities of harmless by-products of carbon dioxide and water, eliminating the need for disposing mass amounts of used fluid, as well as being safe to use.

A similar process has been used in the clean up of dangerous oil spills, such as the Exxon Valdez oil spill in March of 1989 and the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in April 2010.

According to Colson, there is 3.3kg of inert solid waste to dispose of a year with the SmartWasher compared to 377kg of hazardous waste – plus disposal fees – for solvents changed every six weeks. The SmartWasher compares favourably to simpler, water-based units as well as the solvent cleaners. For example, there’s no need to change the liquid in a SmartWasher, just the filter mat once a month in order to keep the microbe colony strong and effective. The filter traps larger particles and the emulsified waste drops into the tank where microbes consume it at the rate of 1-2 litres per week.

The Ozzy formula has been refined and improved over the years, and CRC will continue to apply research and development to further enhance the product.

Proactive safety with SmartWasher

When a large Trans-Tasman dairy facility bought eight of CRC Industries’ SmartWasher Bioremediating Parts Washing System, they were able to eliminate the use of harsh solvent based cleaners alongside all the associated risks that come with them, reducing the company’s liability and achieving better cleaning efficiencies.

“Its just a matter of time before everyone goes down this path,” CRC Business Development Manager of the APAC region,” Steve Colson, said.

“All the big guys use it, and that has a lot to do with simplifying work place OH&S compliancy.”

CRC’s SmartWasher exceeds standards in this regard. Colson says that the CRC SmartWasher requires less personal protective equipment (PPE).

“Customers were mostly driven to make the change to our SmartWasher because of bad reactions to parts washer solvents on their skin,” Colson said.

“With the SmartWasher, all you need is gloves, rather than the full gamut of chemical gloves, protective aprons and breathing devices.”

“Solvent based cleaners expose people to skin irritants and vapours, create toxic liquid waste and you end up trying to clean parts with a filthy liquid and then dispose of all that hazardous waste.”

The CRC SmartWasher uses a pH neutral, non-hazardous, non-flammable water-based cleaning solution, and allows for the washing of parts at a comfortable 42 degrees. It also exceeds standards in regards to the environment.

The SmartWasher has been named a ‘Safer Choice product’ by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a certification granted once all ingredients have been analysed in order to determine there are no harmful effects to humans.

Distributor of CRC Industries products, BSC has been supplying to the Food and Beverage Industry since 1921.

BSC’s national product manager, lubricants, Steve Keown, said BSC, “were right on board with this revolutionary component cleaning system from the get-go taking these units to some of Australia leading dairy, biscuit and raw produce processing plants”.

According to Keown, the facilities were drawn to the product because they take “climate responsibility” seriously and the CRC SmartWasher is an environmentally friendly product, which is something that the distributor – with its footprint of over 160 locations and 1,400 employees – also takes seriously.

“People want to use safer and more environmentally responsible parts washers and to show their customers they are dealing with waste responsibly,” he said.

Through the process of bioremediation, the SmartWasher is self-cleaning as well as safe to use. In this instance, bioremediation is the use of microbes to break down or neutralise hazardous substances and contaminants, removing dangerous chemicals in the environment.

Colson says that microbes are introduced every month to keep the SmartWasher  colony at optimal strength, breaking down cheese, chocolate and dairy fat. CRC Industies names its blend of nonpathogenic (harmless to humans) microbes in the SmartWasher system ‘Ozzy’.

“Solvents attack deposits from the outside whereas a surfactant breaks the bond between the part and the dirt, so it lifts off rather than dissolves. That means the SmartWasher’s cleaning action looks different, but it can dislodge deposits some solvents won’t touch.”

Ozzy microbes also eats the potentially harmful waste in the SmartWasher and then transforms it into small quantities of harmless by-products of carbon dioxide and water, elimating the need for disposing mass amounts of used fluid, as well as being safe to use.

A similar process has been used in the clean up of dangerous oil spills, such as the Exxon Valdez oil spill in March of 1989 and the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in April 2010.

According to Colson, there is 3.3kg of inert solid waste to dispose of a year compared to 377kg of hazardous waste — plus disposal fees — for solvents changed every six weeks.

The SmartWasher  compares favourably to simpler water-based units as well as the solvent cleaners. For example, there’s no need to change the liquid in a SmartWasher, just the filter mat once a month in order to keep the microbe colony strong and effective. The filter traps larger particles and the emulsified waste drops into the tank where microbes consume it at the rate of 1-2 litres per week.

The Ozzy formula has been refined and improved over the years, and CRC will continue to apply significant  R&D to further enhance the product.

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