How to Elevate Food Safety with Corrosion-Resistant Bearing Housed Units

How to Elevate Food Safety with Corrosion-Resistant Bearing Housed Units

Protecting the food that your company produces and packages from contamination is the most important priority when dealing with high amounts of product. Making sure there are all the necessary components that will ensure not only food safety but also your equipment is essential to the strength of your food and beverage operation.

When it comes to food and beverage manufacturing, safety and sanitation regulations are stringent—and for good reason. Corrosion-resistant bearing housed units are greaseless devices that are designed to increase the reliability of your system while protecting your product.


A typical food and beverage production facility houses thousands of rolling element bearings that must be regularly inspected for grease, purge signs of rust, and ensure that mold is not taking hold in cracks and crevices.

Though frequent high-pressure washdowns and harsh sanitation agents keep most equipment bearings clean, over time, they can damage and degrade bearing seals, contaminating the grease or allowing it to escape. Even bearing assemblies that are not operating in direct contact with food can become a breeding ground for bacteria due to the moisture or temperature fluctuations inside the plant.

Having hygienic housed units that are engineered to meet food safety and USDA standards while also complying with NSF/ANSI/3-A SSI 14159-1 requirements is non-negotiable.

Food-safe bearings are engineered to not only withstand and protect against a variety of wet and dry contaminants but also increase efficiencies with long-lasting, high-performance. See how Timken’s Poly-Round Housed Units are elevating food safety and improving productivity and reliability in food and beverage manufacturing operations across the globe.

Elevating Food Safety Policy and Procedures

When producing food, it’s every worker’s duty to ensure that everything is handled up to FDA standards so all products are safe to consume. In a factory setting, especially one that relies on conveyor belts and other equipment, it can be tricky to account for every component and feature of your system.

Bearings that operate in close contact with food in Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) positions, typically on conveyor belts or oven rollers, are at high risk for rust and grease leakage. In order to prevent contamination, corrosion-resistant bearings have been integrated into these complex systems. Corrosion-resistant bearing housed units are greaseless devices that are engineered with highly corrosion-resistant materials. These components are instrumental in safeguarding the operation and safety of your system, protecting your product from contamination.

Benefits of Corrosion-Resistant Ball Bearing Housed Units

Not only do these devices protect your food from being contaminated with harmful substances, but they also make it easier for you to locate issues and nip them in the bud. Additionally, they’re specifically designed to increase the system’s lifespan, which will save you money.

  • Eliminate Grease Contamination: These bearings operate entirely grease-free, ensuring your food products remain pristine. That means there are no more messy lubricants jeopardizing hygiene or compromising quality.
  • Unwavering Corrosion Resistance: Corrosion-resistant bearing units are constructed with advanced materials that withstand even the harshest cleaning chemicals and wet operating conditions. This will ensure long-lasting performance and consistent hygiene, wash after wash.
  • Enhanced Detectability for Peace of Mind: You can choose from optically detectable blue thermoset or stainless steel housings to help you detect contaminants. The bright blue color provides clear visual confirmation of bearing integrity, offering ultimate peace of mind knowing your food production environment is free from unwanted contamination.

How Corrosion-Resistant Pillow Block Bearings Improve Productivity

For busy maintenance staff, bearings tend to take a back seat to other priorities until contamination or failure brings operations to a sudden halt. The hard lesson often learned is that the cost of downtime far exceeds the initial investment in a stronger bearing solution that is built for reliable performance in harsh or wet conditions.

High performance from these bearings not only increases uptime but also increases efficiency. Timken’s greaseless Poly-Round housed units help reduce time spent on maintenance, lubrication, and washing to improve your overall productivity.

Purchase Reliable Corrosion-Resistant Poly-Round Housed Units for Your Food and Beverage Production

Wherever sanitation and contamination are critical concerns for applications, manufacturers in the food and beverage industry can rely on the Corrosion-Resistant Poly-Round® Housed Units by Timken to extend bearing life, improve production uptime, and, most importantly, increase food safety.

Interchangeable with most industry-standard bearings, there are a wide variety of polymer bearing materials and housing styles available to fit your specifications. 

Proper bearing selection can be complicated for many applications, and nowhere are the stakes higher than in food & beverage plants, where even one leakage or contamination event can be significant.

Our corrosion-resistant bearings suppliers at IBT  advise that you audit your bearing roster every few years for improvements to make your facility safer and more efficient. This rarely requires an overhaul of critical equipment, and you might discover that a bit of spending can go a long way.

Contact us today or request a quote to see which unit is best for your specific needs. Our experts can help you navigate the complexities and ensure the safety of your food and beverage production and equipment.

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