Grease and its use in Food Processing
Presenter: Wayne Mackwood, Grease Technology Manager, Chemtura
Where: STLE University, live webinar event broadcast to your computer
When: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at 12-1:00 p.m., with optional Q&A from 1-1:30 p.m.
Cost: $39 for members, $59 for non-members
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One of the most critical industries on the planet today is that of food production and any disruption in that industry can have significant impacts on the human population. Disruptions can include natural ones such as drought and blight to human caused ones such as contamination and can lead to a lack of product, product recall, sickness and even death. All of this can cause fear, panic, and anger in various populations particularly if negligence or worse, intentional acts were involved. Therefore it is imperative that all stages of the food process be managed in a safe and effective manner. Grease and proper lubrication are a small but critical part of all stages of that process. The contamination of food by lubricants should always be a concern. Grease and other lubricants designed for food processing are incidental contact products and as such there is a potential for minimal contact. They are not designed for full consumption and the FDA rules limit food contact to 10 ppm. Leaks due to a variety of reasons can never be fully eliminated. Grease can get washed out of the bearings by the process material or during cleaning. As long as lubricants are required in the food processing equipment, no amount of design or engineering effort will completely eliminate the potential for food contact. This webinar will discuss what constitutes a grease from both a design and performance perspective, what constitutes a food grade approved grease, and will briefly review the current issues surrounding the food grade lubricant market.
Wayne is currently Grease Technology Manager at Chemtura. In this role he is responsible for all technical and R&D activities of Chemtura’s Sulfonate grease technology business. Wayne graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1991 with a BESc (Materials). He continued on to do an MESc at Western in the area of Tribology. This background in Tribology lead him to a position in R&D at Chemtura (then Witco / Surpass Chemicals) in 1993, primarily supporting their growing Calcium Sulfonate grease business. From 1993 to 2007 he held various technical positions including Research Engineer, Tribologist, Business Development Manager, Technical Support Engineer, and finally Scientist. In his years at Chemtura he has developed a wide range of successful grease products for the steel, marine, pulp and paper, construction, mining, power generation, and food industries. In 2007, he briefly joined Kinectrics, a dynamic private testing, research, and support company which primarily targets the power generation industry. As a Scientist, he was responsible for the activities of their lubricants group. However, recognizing that he could make the most impact and gain the most reward in the grease industry, he returned to Chemtura as Grease Technology Manager where he remains today. Wayne has been active in the STLE Toronto Section executive since 1995, holding various positions such as Secretary, Vice-chair, and Chair (2000-01) and most recently Chair for 2010 – 2011. He has served on the board of directors from 2007 to 2011, first as the Eastern Canadian Regional Vice President and then as a Director. He has authored and co-authored numerous papers, has two patents, and has given presentations on grease technology at the STLE, NLGI, NLGI India, and ELGI annual meetings as well as at local section meetings and education courses. Wayne lives outside of Toronto, Canada with his wife Yvonne and children Emily and Samuel. They have recently become dog owners, first in 2009 with Maggie, an apricot coloured standard poodle, and this past spring with a foster standard named Mr. Mojo Rising.
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