In Illinois, Elevance Renewable Sciences announced that its high-performance synthetic base stock, Elevance Aria WTP 40, is now certified as HX-1 food-grade.
Elevance Aria WTP 40 is a high-viscosity base stock co-polymer that has GRAS (generally recognized as safe) status from the FDA; it combines the composition and properties of esters and PAO into a single, high-performance product. It improves seal compatibility, wear resistance and cleanliness due to the superior additive solubility and lower foam across a range of temperatures when compared to traditional PAO-based formulations. This is especially important in the food and pharmaceutical industries where there are more complex needs, including: can seaming; greases for bearings, joints and gears; freezing, baking and pressing applications; and enclosed gear applications
Registered by InS as HX-1, Elevance Aria WTP 40 is “acceptable as an ingredient for use in an H1 lubricant, anti-rust film or release agent with incidental food contact up to 10ppm, for use in and around food processing areas where there is a potential exposure of the lubricant to food,” according to the certificate issued to the company. HX-1-certified base stock, as a component of H1 lubricants, is important in lubricant applications for materials manufactured according to Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) that are common in the pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries.