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Title:
ALKYL ETHER AMINE CONVEYOR LUBRICANT
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/1997/045508
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
The invention includes lubricant concentrate and use solution compositions having an amine compound of the formula R1 - O - R2 - NH2, R1 - O - R2 - NH - R3 - H2, and mixtures thereof wherein R1 may be a linear saturated or unsaturated C6-C18 alkyl, R2 is a linear or branched C1-C8 alkyl. The concentrate also comprises an acidulant, optionally a stabilizing hydrotrope, and a surfactant. The lubricant use solution resulting from dilution of the concentrate has an amine compound in a concentration ranging from about 10 ppm to 10000 ppm. Also disclosed is a method of lubricating a conveyor system which includes providing a use solution of the lubricant concentrate composition.

Inventors:
Person Hei, Kimberly L.
Besse, Michael E.
Schmidt, Bruce E.
Sykes, Christopher S.
Gutzmann, Timothy A.
Application Number:
PCT/US1997/003843
Publication Date:
December 04, 1997
Filing Date:
March 14, 1997
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
ECOLAB INC.
International Classes:
C10M129/06; C10M105/60; C10M129/28; C10M133/08; C10M173/02; C10N30/04; C10N30/16; C10N40/00; (IPC1-7): C10M173/02
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Claims:
WE CLAIM AS OUR INVENTION.
1. A lubricant concentrate composition comprising: a. an effective lubricating amount of amine compound of the formula, and mixtures thereof wherein Rx is a linear saturated or unsaturated C6 C18 alkyl group, R2 is a linear or branched Cλ . C8 alkyl group, and R3 is a linear or branched C1 C8 alkyl group, b. an amount of acidulant effective to provide a pH of about 5 to 10; and c. an amount of surfactant effective to provide detergency to the composition upon dilution and use.
2. A lubricant comprising a major portion of diluent, from about 10 ppm to 10000 ppm of an amine compound, said amine compound having the formula Rλ 0 R2 NH R3 NH2, and mixtures thereof wherein Rλ is a linear saturated or unsaturated C6 C18 alkyl, R2 is a linear or branched Cλ C8 alkyl, and R3 is a linear or branched C2 C8 alkyl group; an amount of surfactant effective to provide detergency upon use; and an amount of acid effective to provide a pH of from about 5 to 10.
3. The composition of claim 1 wherein said amine compound is present in a concentration of about 0.1 wt% to 90 wt%.
4. The composition of any of the preceding claims, wherein said amine compound is a monoamine compound, Rx is a linear C12 C16 alkyl group, and R2 is a C2 C6 alkyl group.
5. The composition of any of the preceding claims, wherein said amine compound is a monoamine compound, Rλ is selected from the group consisting of a C10 C12 alkyl group, a C14 C16 alkyl group, and mixtures thereof, and R2 is a C2 C6 alkyl group.
6. The composition of any of the preceding claims, wherein said amine compound is a diamine compound, Rx is a C12 C16 alkyl group, R2 is a C2 C6 alkyl group, and R3 is a C2 C6 alkyl group.
7. The composition of any of the preceding claims, wherein said amine compound is a diamine compound, Rx is selected from the group consisting of a cιo " ci2 alkyl group, a C14 C16 alkyl group, and mixtures thereof, R2 is a C2 C6 alkyl group, and R3 is a C2 C6 alkyl.
8. The composition of any of the preceding claims, additionally comprises a hydrotrope.
9. The composition of claim 7, wherein said hydrotrope is selected from the group consisting of glycols, alcohols, glycol ethers, and mixtures thereof.
10. The composition of claims 7 or 8, wherein said hydrotrope comprises hexylene glycol, present in a concentration of from about 0.1 wt% to 40 wt%.
11. The composition of any of the preceding claims, wherein said surfactant is selected from the group consisting of nonionics, anionics, cationics, amphoterics, and mixtures thereof.
12. The composition of any of the preceding claims, wherein said surfactant comprises a nonionic surfactant present in a concentration of from about 0.01 wt% to 50 wt%.
13. The composition of claim 11 wherein said nonionic surfactant has from about 1 to 40 moles of ethoxylation.
14. The composition of any of the preceding claims, wherein said amine compound comprises a tetradecyl oxypropyl 1, 3 diamino propane, said composition additionally comprising hexylene glycol hydrotrope each of said amine compound and hydrotrope present in a concentration ranging from about 8 wt% to 12 wt%.
15. The composition of any of the preceding claims, wherein said composition is a solid.
16. The composition of any of the preceding claims, wherein said composition is a liquid.
17. The composition of any of the preceding claims, wherein said acidulant is an organic acid.
18. The composition of claim 17, wherein said organic acid is selected from the group consisting of acetic acid, hydroxyacetic acid, gluconic acid, lactic acid, benzoic acid, formic acid, and mixtures thereof.
19. The composition of any of the preceding claims, wherein the acidulant is selected from the group consisting of acetic acid, formic acid, gluconic acid, and mixtures thereof.
20. The composition of any of the preceding claims, wherein said concentrate has sanitizing antimicrobial efficacy.
21. A method of using the composition of any of the preceding claims for lubricating a conveyor system using a lubricant concentrate composition comprising an effective lubricating amount of amine compound of the formula, R. 0R2 NH2, and mixtures thereof wherein Rλ is a linear saturated or unsaturated C6 Cιa alkyl, R2 is a linear or branched Cλ C8 alkyl, and R3 is a linear or branched Cx C8 alkyl, an amount of surfactant effective to provide detergency to the concentrate upon dilution and use, an amount of acid to provide a pH of about 5 to 10 upon dilution and use, said method comprising the steps of: (a) formulating the lubricant concentrate composition to have from about 0.1 wt% to 90 wt% of said amine compound; and (b) applying a use solution of said lubricant composition to the intended surface of use.
22. The method of claim 21, wherein said lubricant use solution provides a sanitizing level of antimicrobial efficacy to the intended surface of use.
23. The method of claim 21, wherein said lubricant use solution is compatible with polyethylene terephthalate .
Description:
ALKYL ETHER AMINE CONVEYOR LUBRICANT

Field of the Invention

The invention relates generally to synthetic conveyor lubricant compositions. More specifically, the invention relates to antimicrobial lubricant compositions providing improved solubility in hard water and diminished reactivity with soils including alkyl ether amine and diamine compounds . The lubricants of the invention are useful with glass, aluminum and beverage containers as well as other articles of manufacture. These lubricants are prepared from an admixture of a linear alkyl ether amine or diamine, surfactant and acid.

Background of the Invention

Beverages and other comestibles are often processed and packaged on mechanized conveyor systems which are lubricated to reduce friction between the packaging and the load bearing surface of the conveyor. In the past, the lubricants commonly used on the load bearing surfaces of these conveyor systems typically contained fatty acid soaps as the active lubricating ingredient . Moreover, at least in a bottling operation, it is highly desirable that a lubricant be efficacious in lubricating the tracks upon which the various types of containers translate i.e. cans, glass and PET articles. Fatty acid lubricants are efficacious in conjunction with any of these types of containers. Thus, the lubricants disclosed in the above-referred to patents are "universal" lubricants in their application to various beverage containers.

These fatty acid lubricants have in the past provided excellent lubricity. However, fatty acid lubricants are also known to form insoluble precipitates in the presence of calcium and magnesium cations commonly found in hard water. Water softeners and

chemical chelating agents such as EDTA must be used with lubricants based on fatty acids to prevent formation of such precipitates. Failure to implement such measures generally results in the formation of a precipitate which may plug the spray nozzles used for applying the lubricant to the conveyor.

Antimicrobial agents are particularly useful for conveyor systems which may transport food substances. Spillage of beverage and other comestibles on the conveyor often results in the growth of bacteria, yeast and mold and may create a slime or soil which, in turn, hampers conveyor performance and may also detract from product purity and appearance. Antimicrobial agents are particularly useful for reducing slime formation in conveyor systems which may transport food substances .

Fatty acid based lubricants have been formulated with effective antimicrobial agents, however, the tendency to react with water hardness ions compromises the overall performance of the lubricant. Jansen, U.S. Pat. No. 4,839,067 discloses a process for the maintenance of chain-type conveyor belts by treating the conveyor belt with an antimicrobial lubricant composition containing a lubricating amount of a neutralized C 12-18 primary fatty amine. However, as noted in Jansen, the primary fatty acid amines tend to form a precipitate in the presence of anions such as S0 4 "2 , P0 4 "3 and C0 3 "2 , commonly found as impurities in water. The precipitate may plug spray nozzles and soil the surfaces of the conveyor system in much the same way as fatty acid soaps in the presence of water hardness.

Schmidt et al . , U.S. Patent No. 5,182,035 discloses aliphatic ether diamine acetates which are used in lubricant compositions in combination with alcoholic hydrotropes used to enhance physical stability.

Weber et al . , U.S. Patent No. 5,062,978 also discloses aqueous lubricant compositions based upon

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Optionally, the concentrate may also comprise a hydrotrope for product stability.

The invention also includes a lubricant use solution resulting from dilution of this concentrate, with the amine compound present in a concentration ranging from about 10 ppm to 10000 ppm.

In accordance with another aspect of the invention there is provided a method of lubricating a conveyor system with a use solution of the lubricant concentrate composition of the invention.

The invention is a lubricant comprised of linear alkyl ether amines. The linear alkyl ether amine lubricants of the invention promote lubricity and solubility in aqueous systems in the presence of ions and beverage soil, and remain in solution over a wide pH range. The lubricants of the invention remain stable and substantially unreacted with free anions and food soil present in the system. Furthermore, the linear alkyl ether amines of the invention negate the need for alcohol type solvents to maintain physical stability of the concentrate.

The invention provides reduced soiling of conveyors resulting from the diminished interaction of food soil with the lubricant. Compositions of the invention also provide greater lubricant tolerance to ion laden water.

The claimed invention also provides good gliding action at low dilution rates for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) , glass, and metal surfaces. Further, the lubricants of the invention also provide antimicrobial efficacy on non-food contact surfaces providing a bacterial reduction of 99.9% within five minutes.

Detailed Description of the Preferred Embodiment

The invention is a lubricant concentrate composition, use solution, and method of use. The

concentrate may be a solid or liquid. The compositions of the invention include linear alkyl ether amine compounds which provide lubricity, antimicrobial character, as well as a reduction in the formation of various precipitates which often occur in the environment of use. Compositions of the invention may also include an acid source, detergency agents, and optional hydrotrope stabilizers among other constituents. The invention also includes methods of using the claimed invention.

A. The Linear A3.kyl Ether Amine Compounds

The lubricant of the invention comprises an amine compound. The amine compound functions to enhance compositional lubricity, further antimicrobial character, and reduce or eliminate the formation of various precipitates resulting from the dilution of water and/or contaminants on the surface of application.

The amine compounds of the invention may comprise any number of species. Preferably, the amine compound is an alkyl ether amine compound of the formula,

R ι ~ 0-R 2 " NH 2 , (1)

Ri ~ O - R 2 - NH - R 3 - NH 2 , (2) and mixtures thereof wherein R λ may be a linear saturated or unsaturated C 6 - C 18 alkyl, R 2 may be a linear or branched C 1-8 alkyl, and R 3 may be a linear or branched C x - C 8 alkyl .

More preferably, R λ is a linear C 12 - C 16 alkyl; R 2 is a C 2 - C 6 linear or branched alkyl; and R 3 is a C 2 - C e linear or branched alkyl.

Preferred compositions of the invention include linear alkyl ether diamine compounds of formula (2) wherein R x is C 12 - C 16 , R 2 is C 3 , and R 3 is C 3 . When the amine compound used is an amine of formulas (1) and (2) , R λ is either a linear alkyl C 12 - C 16 or a mixture of linear alkyl C 10 - C 12 and C 14 - C 16 .

Overall the linear alkyl ether amine compounds used in the composition of the invention provide lower use concentrations, upon dilution, with enhanced lubricity. The amount of the amine compound in the concentrate generally ranges from about 0.1 wt-% to 90 wt-%, preferably about 0.25 wt-% to 75 wt-%, and more preferably about 0.5 wt-% to 50 wt-%. These materials are commercially available from Toman Products Incorporated as PA-19, PA-1618, PA-1816, DA-18, DA-19, DA-1618, DA-1816, and the like.

The use dilution of the concentrate is preferably calculated to get disinfectant or sanitizing efficacy in the intended application or use. Accordingly, the active amine compound concentration in the composition of the invention ranges from about 10 ppm to 10000 ppm, preferably from about 20 ppm to 7500 ppm, and most preferably about 40 ppm to 5000 ppm.

B. Neutralizing Agent The concentrate and use dilution compositions of the invention also preferably comprise an acid source. The acid source is effective in solubilizing the amine compound. Generally, any acid source may be used which provides an effective pH of between about 5 and 10 in the concentrate and lubricant use solution.

Exemplary acids include organic and inorganic acids. Inorganic acids useful in the composition of the invention include hydrochloric acid, phosphoric acid, hydrofluoric acid, sulfuric acid, nitric acid, hydrobromic acid, and sulfamic acid, among others.

Organic acids useful in the invention include acetic acid, ascorbic acid, isoascorbic acid, hydroxyacetic acid, gluconic acid, lactic acid, benzoic acid, C 8 -C 20 saturated and unsaturated fatty acids, such as oleic acid, and mixtures thereof.

Preferably, the neutralizing agent is an organic acid and most preferably acetic acid, formic acid, gluconic acid and mixtures thereof .

The concentration of acid should be adequate and effective to fully solubilize and stabilize the various constituents and the concentrate and use dilution compositions of the invention. Preferably the pH of the use-solution lubricant ranges from about 5 to 10, and more preferably about 5.5 to 9.5.

C. Surfactants The lubricant compositions of the invention optionally, but preferably, may further include a surfactant. The surfactant functions as an adjuvant to increase detergency and lubricity. Compounds which may be used as surfactants in the invention include, nonionic surfactants, amphoteric surfactants, anionic surfactants, and cationic surfactants among other compounds.

Anionic surfactants are generally those compounds containing a hydrophobic hydrocarbon moiety and a negatively charged hydrophilic moiety. Typical commercially available products provide either a carboxylate, sulfonate, sulfate or phosphate group as the negatively charged hydrophilic moiety. Broadly, any of the commercially available anionic surfactants may be usefully employed in the lubricant composition of the invention.

Nonionic surfactants are generally hydrophobic compounds which bear essentially no charge and exhibit a hydrophilic tendency due to the presence of oxygen in the molecule. Nonionic surfactants encompass a wide variety of polymeric compounds which include specifically, but not exclusively, ethoxylated alkylphenols, ethoxylated aliphatic alcohols, ethoxylated amines, ethoxylated ether amines, carboxylic esters, carboxylic amides, and polyoxyalkylene oxide block copolymers.

Particularly suitable nonionic surfactants for use in the lubricant composition of the invention are the alkoxylated (preferably ethoxylated) alcohols having

the general formula R 10 O ( (CH 2 ) m O) n wherein R 10 is an aliphatic group having from about 8 to about 24 carbon atoms, m is a whole number from 1 to about 5, and n is a number from 1 to about 40 which represents the average number of ethylene oxide groups on the molecule.

Cationic surfactants are also useful in the invention and may also function as an additional antimicrobial. Typical examples include quaternary ammonium chloride surfactants such as n-alkyl (C 12-18 ) dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride, n-alkyl (C 14-18 ) dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride, n-tetradecyl dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride monohydrate, n-alkyl (C 12-14 ) dimethyl 1-naphthylmethyl ammonium chloride.

Amphoteric surfactants, surfactants containing both an acidic and a basic hydrophilic group, can be used in the invention. Amphoteric surfactants can contain the anionic or cationic group common in anionic or cationic surfactants and additionally can contain either hydroxyl or other hydrophilic groups that enhance surfactant properties. Such amphoteric surfactants include betaine surfactants, sulfobetaine surfactants, amphoteric imidazolinium derivatives and others.

Generally, in the concentrate, the surfactant concentration ranges from about 0.01 wt-% to 50 wt-%, and preferably from about 0.1 wt-% to 20 wt-%. More preferably the surfactant concentration ranges from about 1 to 10 wt-% and the surfactant is a nonionic alcohol ethoxylate such as Neodol 25-7 from Shell Chemical.

D. Hydrotrope The lubricant composition of the invention may optionally include an effective amount of a hydrotrope for viscosity control and cold temperature stability of the concentrate. In this context, stability includes maintaining the phase stability of the concentrate and

use-dilution compositions by maintaining a homogenous mixture.

A variety of compatible hydrotropes are available for use in the lubricant composition including monofunctional and polyfunctional alcohols as well glycol and glycol ether compounds. Those which have been found most useful include alkyl alcohols such as, for example, ethanol, isopropanol, and the like. Polyfunctional organic alcohols include glycerol, hexylene glycol, polyethylene glycol, propylene glycol, sorbitol and the like.

The preferred hydrotropes are di-functional alcohols such as alkyl glycols . One compound which has found heightened efficacy in stabilization of the concentrate and its use solution is hexylene glycol. Preferably, the concentration of hydrotrope ranges from about 0.1 to 40 wt-%, and more preferably about 1 to 25 wt-% in the concentrate. In one preferred mode the hydrotrope is present in a concentration of about 3 wt-% to 10 wt-% and comprises hexylene glycol.

WORKING EXAMPLES The following Working Examples illustrate various properties, characteristics and exemplary embodiments of the invention. However, these examples are not intended to be limiting of the claimed invention.

WORKING EXAMPLE 1

Msajs:'rement of Gliding Action As can be seen in Table 1, samples for lubricity measure were diluted to 0.1 wt-% active amine compound with distilled water containing 200 ppm NaHC0 3 and streamed along the perimeter of a polished stainless steel plate measuring 20.5 cm in diameter. The plate was connected to an electric motor, and rotated at an even rate when switched on. A glass disk weighing 189 gm or a mild steel disk weighing 228 gm was attached to a load cell and placed on the plate in the area wetted by the lubricant solution. When the electric motor was switched on, the disk glided freely on the plate. The drag between the glass or mild steel disk and the stainless steel plate was detected by the load cell, and transferred to a chart recorder.

To assure consistency of the test method, the drag from a standard fatty acid lubricant solution was measured before and after each trial run, and the value obtained therefrom arbitrarily assigned a coefficient of friction of 1.00. Each trial run was referenced to the fatty acid lubricant trials, thus the results are reported as a relative coefficient of friction (COF) . The lower the COF, the better the lubricity.

The formulation used as a control was a fatty acid lubricant comprising:

Total 100.00 and the COF for this composition was

Formula was tested at 0.1% wt in distilled water containing 200 ppm added NaHC0 3 .

In turn the lubricity for the various amine compounds is shown in Table 1 below.

TABLE 1

Solutions were tested at 0.1 wt% of the amines.

2 Amines were combined with acetic acid and soft water to yield 10 wt-%- amine solutions of pH 6. 3 Amine representative of the current invention.

"Branched alkyl ether (di)amines as directed by Schapira (European Patent Publication No. 0533 522 Al).

TABLE 2

O * C| ? /Cn alkyloxypropyl amine 7.5 linear 0.76 1.16 isotridecyloxypropyl amine 7.5 branched 0.95 1.30 isododecyloxypropyl amine 7.5 branched 0.94 1.28

R 1 isodecyloxypropyl amine 7.5 branched 0.96 1.28

N-oleyl-1 , 3-diamino propane 6.0 linear 0.94 1.31 N-coco-1 , 3 diamino propane 2.5 linear oleylamine 1.5 linear isotridecyloxypropyl- 1 , 3- 6.0 branched 1.24 1.83 diamino propane 1.5 linear oleic fatty acid

1 Lubricant concentrates were formulated with the specific quantity of amine, 10.0% hydrotrope, 6.8% acetic acid, 10.0% nonionic surfactant, 9.5% KOH (45%), and the remainder soft water. 2 Formulas representative of the current invention. 3 Lubricants based on the technology taught by Schapira (EPA No. 0533 522 A l).

As can be seen in the tables above, the linear species provide enhanced lubricity when compared to branched alkyl ether diamine, on interfaces encountered in food and beverage processing plants.

WORKING EXAMPLE 2

Testing Procedure for Concentrate Stability

Lubricant samples were prepared according to the current invention and the control with alcohol or glycol-type solvents added at various levels as a stabilizing hydrotrope. Samples were warmed to 49°C and stirred continuously for 30 minutes, after which time formula stability was assessed visually.

TABLE 3 Concentrate Stability with Hydrotropes at Various Levels

Lubricant incorporating linear alkyl ether diamines, formulated as follows designated hydrotrope with 2 5% acetic acid, 10 0% Cι 2 /C 14 alkyloxypropyl- 1 , 3-dιammo propane, 10 0% nonionic surfactant, and the remainder soft water

Lubricant incorporating designated hydrotrope with 2 5% acetic acid, 6 6% N-oleyl- 1 , 3-dιamιno propane, 3 4% N-coco-1 , 3-dιamιno propane, 10 0% nonionic surfactant, and the remainder soft water

The linear alkyl ether (dι)ammes, do not require a hydrotrope for concentrate stability as can be seen by these results.

WORKING EXAMPLE 3

Test Procedure for Use Solution Clarity at Various pHs Lubricant samples representing the current invention and controls were formulated according to the compositions in the Table 4 below. One percent solutions were prepared using the challenge water diluent (below) , and the solution pH adjusted to 5-10 with dilute acetic acid or KOH. Clouding behavior was determined after 15 minutes.

Preparation of Challenge Water The procedure used to test clouding behavior of lubricant solutions was that disclosed by Weber, U.S Patent No. 5,062,978. In each solution, 500 ppm Na 2 S0 4 and 500 ppm NaCI were added to softened water, and this anion-laden water was used as the lubricant diluent.

TABLE 4

Solution Clarity at pH 5-10 in Anion-Laden Soft Water

'Challenge water prepared by adding 500 ppm Na 2 S0 4 and 500 ppm NaCI to softened water. Composition of all formulas: 8.0% total amines, 10.0% hydrotrope, 1.8% acetic acid, 10.0% nonionic linear alcohol ethoxylate surfactant, and 70.2% soft water. 3 1% lubricant solutions adjusted to pH 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 or 10 with dilute acetic acid or KOH. 4 Compositions W, Z and CC are formulated with linear alkyl ether (di)amines in accordance with this invention.

The linear alkyl ether (di) amines show a tolerance for anions as indicated by the results shown above.

WORKING EXAMPLE 4

Beer Challenge Testing Procedure An evaluation of lubricant clarity was conducted on an amine acetate based lubricant . The lubricant contained:

TOMAH DA- 18 is tetradecyl oxypropyl -1 , 3- diamino propane

Using a sample of lubricant neutralized to a pH of approximately 7, the lubricant was mixed with beer to determine solution clarity. The solution comprised 0.25 wt-% lubricant in a 50:50 beer water solution. The results showed:

Initial - clear

Day 1 - clear

Day 7 - clear, no precipitate To further determine the lubricant reactivity with beverage soil likely encountered in a brewery, the lubricant compositions in Table 5 were diluted to 1% with distilled water and the resultant solutions combined with equal parts of a commercially available

lager beer. Beer/lubricant solution clarity was observed after five minutes and four hours.

TABLE 5

Lubricant Solution Clarity in Beer Challenge Test 4

Compositions 1 Solution Clarity in Presence of Beer 2

Formula Amine Type % Five Minutes Four Hours

W 3 tetradecyloxypropyl- 1 , 3 diamino propane 8 clear cloudy

X N-oleyl-1, 3-diamino propane 8 hazy/opaque opaque with particles z 3 C, 2 /C| 4 alkyloxypropyl-1 , 3 diamino propane 8 clear clear

AA N-oleyl-1, 3-diamino propane 4 cloudy cloudy N-coco-1 , 3-diamino propane 4

CC 3 2 /C H alkyloxypropyl-1 , 3 diamino propane 6 clear clear

C I2 /C, 5 alkyloxypropyl amine 2

DD N-oleyl-1, 3-diamino propane 4 cloudy cloudy N-coco-1, 3-diamino propane 2 oleylamine 2

'Composition of all formulas: 8.0% total amines, 10.0% hydrotrope, 1.8% acetic acid, 10.0% nonionic surfactant, and 70.2% soft water. Commercially available lager-type beer.

Compositions W, Z and CC are formulated with linear alkyl ether (di)amines in accordance with this invention.

4 After dilution, the pH for all samples ranged from 4 to 5.

Formulas W, Z and CC employing linear alkyl ether (di)amines showed nonreactivity with typical beverage soil. In contrast, beer interacted more readily with the lubricants of Formulas X and AA.

WORKING EXAMPLE 5

Testing of Antimicrobial Properties Aqueous lubricant solutions having 0.25 or 0.50 wt% concentration of the linear alkyl ether amine formula were prepared with synthetic hard water (sterile distilled water containing 40 ppm each MgCl 2 and CaCl 2 ) • One ml of the inoculum, prepared as set forth below was

combined with 99 mis of the lubricant solution and swirled. A one ml sample of the lubricant solution/inoculum mixture was removed after a one minute exposure time and added to 9 mis of a sterile Letheen broth as a neutralizer. The pH of the samples ranged from 6.5 to 7.0. The neutralized sample was serially diluted with buffered water and plated in duplicate using tryptone glucose extract (TGE) agar. The procedure was repeated after five, 15 and 60 minute exposure times. The plates were incubated at 37°F for 72 hours .

Controls to determine initial inoculum were prepared by adding one ml of inoculum to 99 mis of buffered water, serially diluting the mixture with additional buffered water, and plating with TGE.

Bacterial Inoculum The bacteria listed below were transferred and maintained on nutrient agar slants. Twenty-four hours prior to testing, 10 mis of nutrient broth was inoculated with a loopful of each organism, one tube per organism. The inoculated nutrient broth cultures were incubated at 37°C. Shortly before testing, equal volumes of both incubated broth cultures were mixed and used as the test inoculum.

Organisms

Staphylococcus aureus ATCC 6538

Enterobacter aerogenes ATCC 13048

TABLE 6

Rate of Kill Testing for Linear Alkyl Ether Diamine Lubricant

'Lubricant comprised of 9.0% C )2 /C u alkyloxypropyl-1, 3-diamino propane, 7.0% hydrotrope, 4.0% acidulant, 7.0% nonionic surfactant, and the remainder soft water. pH = 6.5 - 7.0

The alkyl ether amine formula at 0.25 and 0.5 wt% in synthetic hard- water was found to reduce the population of tested organisms by >99.999% within one minute of exposure. This constitutes superior antimicrobial activity.

WORKTNG EXAMPLE 6

PET Compatibility Testing Polyethylene Terephthalate (or PET) compatibility testing was carried out according to "Method A" in the Engineering Bulletin dated 7/94 as supplied by Johnson Controls. Specifically, 2 liter one-piece PET bottles were charged to 4.8-4.9 volumes of C0 2 and allowed to dry overnight. On the following day, lubricant concentrate was combined with distilled water at 0.25, 0.75 or 1.5 wt%, and whipped into a foam with an electric mixer. The foam was spread in a lined container and the bases of the bottles were swirled in the foam and left to stand in the container for 14 days

in an environmental chamber set at 90% humidity and

37°C. A successful test result is one in which none of the bottles burst or leak within the 14 day time frame.

TABLE 7

PET Compatibility Testing

Lubricant comprised of 6.0% tetradecyloxypropyl- 1 , 3-diamino propane, 2.5% isodecyloxypropyl-1, 3-diamino propane, 10.0% hexylene glycol, 6.8% acidulant, 10.0% nonionic surfactant, 9.5% KOH (45%), and the remainder soft water.

The above specification, examples and data provide a complete description of the manufacture and use of the composition of the invention. Since many embodiments of the invention can be made without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention, the invention resides in the claims hereinafter appended.