Bearing Solutions for Food Applications

High or Low Temperatures? Washdowns?
Bearing Solutions in Ovens, Dryers, Roasters, Mixers, Freezers, Sterilizers, & Conveyors


The GRAPHALLOY bearing product line (with stainless steel options) for food applications includes:




Type 327 Pillow Blocks


2-Bolt Pillow
Block Bearings


Flange Blocks


Inserts for Pillow
Blocks and Flange Blocks


GRAPHALLOY is a Graphite/Metal bearing material that is self lubricating and can survive in tough conditions such as food applications. Graphalloy bearings and bushings are key ingredients for minimal maintenance and uninterrupted production in food contact equipment.

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About GRAPHALLOY bearingsGraphalloy bushing

  • Available in FDA Acceptable grades
  • Self-lubricating; works without external lubrication
  • Operate from -450° F to +750° F/-240° C to +400° C
  • Stand up to steam and pressure washes
  • Contain no oil or grease
  • Operate submerged in liquids including hot oils
  • Operate submerged in low viscosity and corrosive liquids

High heat applications challenge the life and durability of conventional bearings. In cold, wet environments, bearings often cannot hold lubrication. Use of Graphalloy bearings can solve these problems and, as a result, reduce downtime and lost production.


Examples of Graphalloy Successful Case Histories

Oven Manufacturer Solves Major Maintenance ProblemGraphalloy food applications

A bakery oven OEM was using rolling element bearings on the conveyor circuit of a tunnel oven with a temperature range from 450°F to 650°F. To reach these bearings, mechanics would have to crawl over the oven belt when the machine was shut down, thus causing damage and presenting a safety risk. Another issue was caustic washdowns that rusted the ball bearings. In some applications, bearing life was as little as 2 weeks. They were researching solutions when they discovered GRAPHALLOY. Graphalloy self-lubricating bushing materials thrive in high temperature environments, handle caustic washdowns, and are maintenance-free. These Graphalloy bushings in stainless steel pillow block housings have been running in this application for several years with no issues. Read More Here.

Seafood Freezer Conveyor Extends Bearing Life by 30xGraphalloy food applications

A seafood processing plant in the Southeast was running a conveyor in their freezer area to "flash-freeze" fresh seafood. The environment is a difficult one: The temperature is cold (28°F/-2°C) and wet and the system requires frequent washdown. The conveyor bearings were being replaced every month. The plant maintenance superintendent contacted GRAPHALLOY about the problem. It was determined that the current bearings could not hold lubrication under these conditions and, as a result, breakdowns were occurring frequently. Graphalloy 4-bolt flange block assemblies were installed and have been running successfully for more than five years! Read More Here.

For more GRAPHALLOY success in food applications, please read our Pizza Oven Case History and our Potato Chip Fryer Case History.

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