Dry Lubrication for the Food Processing Industry

Use Dicronite® to minimize equipment jams, increase production rates, and improve efficiency of food packaging equipment.

When to use Dicronite®

Engineers use Dicronite® when:

  • Precision tolerances or sealing must be maintained

  • High or low temperatures limit the use of other lubricants

  • Optimal performance is needed

  • Power output of an assembly is being robbed by friction losses

  • Friction is creating too much resistance in the motion of an assembly 

  • Sliding wear is limiting component lifetime

  • There is galling and seizing of threaded components

Where to use Dicronite®

Common food processing components that use Dicronite® include but are not limited to:

  • Actuators

  • Bearings

  • Bushings

  • Discs

  • Electrical Connectors  

  • Fasteners

  • Gears

  • Pins

  • Plates

  • Rods

  • Shafts

  • Threads

  • Valves

  • Washers 

Why use
Dicronite®

Benefits of using Dicronite® dry lubrication include: 

  • Increased efficiency of food packaging equipment to minimize equipment jams and increase production rates 

  • biocompatibility. View ISO-10333

  • Seaming and forming equipment to minimize wear and increase preventative maintenance intervals

  • Extend component lifetime and decrease the need for maintenance 

  • Increase mechanical efficiency for more power output  

  • 0.5 micron thickness won’t interfere with tolerances  

  • Lubricant in extreme temperatures (-188° C to +538° C) 

  • Dicronite® is compatible with greases and oils 

Dicronite® dry lubrication’s biocompatibility per ISO-10993, FDA repeat use, and USDA incidental contact approvals have lead to its use in the food processing industry. Due to its high-temperature stability (+538°C), Dicronite® dry lubrication is commonly used in oven and baking related applications.

FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

Wear is a system effect, so it can be difficult to estimate the lifetime in each application. Dicronite should be used for applications where sliding wear is present, but not abrasive wear – this is too aggressive for the soft, lubricious Dicronite coating. In applications where an extensive wear life is required, it is common for Dicronite to be applied on top of a hard, wear resistant coating.

 

We recommend testing to ensure Dicronite is sufficient for your application and are always happy to coat a small order of parts to support your testing!

Dicronite can be applied to all metals, most plastics, and some ceramics. In addition, Dicronite can be applied on top of many other coatings or platings such as Nickel, Zinc, Chrome, Anodize, DLC, and more.

Dicronite provides only minor corrosion prevention. It is not recommended to use Dicronite to prevent corrosion. However, many customers use Dicronite on top of coatings or platings that do prevent corrosion for combined corrosion resistance and friction reduction.

We recommend cleaning coated surfaces with isopropyl alcohol or mineral spirits, but other solvent or solutions may also be used. Avoid using cleaners that are very acidic or basic.

 

If wiping coated surfaces, use a soft cloth. Note that when wiping a coated surface, you may find a residue coming from the part – this is normal. It is not necessary to wipe the coated surface until no residue is wiped from the surface. The coating naturally “smudges” or “smears” as part of its ability to lubricate.

Coated parts should be handled to prevent physical damage to coated surfaces such as scratching, scraping, or abrasion. In addition, parts should be stored in a manner that prevents corrosion of the underlying substrate. If the part begins corroding underneath the Dicronite coating this can diminish the performance of the coating.

Yes. Our standard process works the same for parts being re-coated.

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Sliding Wear

Sliding wear occurs when two surfaces slide against one another causing material loss to one or both surfaces. Over time, this can result in component failures, additional maintenance, and costly down time.  

Coating components with Dicronite® can help minimize this wear and reduce the need for maintenance and down time.

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Tight Tolerance Lubrication

Extremely tight tolerances can present challenges when lubricants or coatings are needed to reduce friction. Many products are available to help reduce friction, but in the case of very tight tolerances, few can be integrated without the need for adjustments.

Dicronite® has an average thickness of 0.5 microns (0.00002 inch) or less. This precision thin film allows users to incorporate Dicronite® on designs with tight tolerances without the need for design or manufacturing changes.

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Vacuum Environment Lubrication

Vacuum environments present a challenge for lubrication. Many conventional lubricants aren’t effective under vacuum and are largely vaporized.

Dicronite® can be used in vacuum to reduce friction where other lubricants can’t function. The outgassing of Dicronite® under vacuum conditions is well below screening levels for spacecraft materials per ASTM E595.

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Energy Lost to Friction

Friction is wasted energy! Systems with critical mechanical power output need to be extremely efficient.

Dicronite® optimizes mechanical efficiency by reducing friction losses and can even work in tandem with existing lubrication to further optimize efficiency.

Dicronite® is especially useful in precision systems, extreme environments, or where minimizing size and weight is vital.

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Fretting

Fretting is a unique form of sliding wear that occurs when contact surfaces oscillate over a very small range of motion. Although it may seem minor, this surface wear can ultimately lead to fatigue cracking and devastating damage.

Dicronite® helps remedy fretting by providing lubrication at contact surfaces. This effectively reduces the wear and surface stresses that cause so much damage.

Dicronite® can be integrated into existing designs and assemblies without any other adjustments for seamless reduction of fretting wear.

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Extreme Temperature Lubrication

Extreme low or high temperatures can be challenging environments for lubrication. At low temperatures, conventional lubricants may be too viscous to be effective, while extreme high temperatures can result in breakdown of the lubricant.

Dicronite can be used in extreme environments to ensure effective lubrication while also being used in combination with oils and greases.

Dicronite is stable across a wide temperature range:

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Excessive Heat from Friction

As friction in an assembly generates heat, elevated temperatures can result in unwanted operating conditions.

This can cause overheating and accelerate the breakdown of materials, resulting in costly maintenance and down time or destructive failure.

Proper lubrication can help minimize friction, reduce heat, and increase mechanical efficiency. Coat parts with Dicronite® to avoid excessive maintenance and ensure components will run as efficiently as possible.

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