To avoid possible machine failure and malfunction, you should always consider the right choice of lubricant and the proper way proper of applying it. These factors are vital in maintaining your machine health and performance. In this article, we will give you a guide in Selecting a Lubrication System.

 

Tips in Choosing The Type of Lubrication System 

Maintenance Costs Influenced by Lubrication-Related Activities - most of your components will need relubrication. Labor costs will grow over time because of frequent machine failures caused by improper lubrication. Having an automatic system will help you regulate and control your lubrication maintenance without the need for constant monitoring and manpower.

Criticality - highly critical assets are the first targets of automatic lubrication. An analysis of the assets will show the impact of a failure in terms of:

  • Overall Production Cost
  • Overall Maintenance Cost
  • Environmental Impact
  • Health and Safety of Personnel 

Maintenance Strategy - a mature maintenance strategy calls for an automatic lubrication system. As the maintenance and lubrication programs age, the difficulty of tasks that lubrication technicians work on rises. These tasks are:

  • Lubricant analysis
  • Continuous adjustment of lubrication routes
  • Contamination control and fluid reconditioning
  • Inspection routes

With the help of an automatic lubrication system, these tasks can be dealt with in a precise and automated manner. This lessens maintenance cost, issues, and machine failures.

 

Lubrication Systems

 

single line lubrication

 

Automatic Lubrication Systems

This lubrication system is intended to take the place of manual labor while also allowing the machine to be greased while in use. This technique reduces the possibility of lubricant contamination and other dangers. Automatic Lubrication Systems also provide you with more control over the lubricant you're using. This system is available in a variety of variants, including dual-line, single-line volumetric, single-line progressive, and single points systems.

 

 

dual line lubrication

 

Dual-Line Systems

Heavy process industries are the most common users of the Dual-line system. These systems are exceedingly trustworthy, simple to use, and straightforward to manage. There are two major distribution lines in dual-line systems.

 

Single-Line Volumetric Systems

Only one header line is required in this system. Oil lubrication is done with single-line volumetric systems. There are other grease-resistant variants. Single-line volume systems are simple to use and maintain. After a lubrication cycle, the dispenser in Single-line Volumetric Systems must reload.

 

progressive lubrication system

 

Progressive Single-Line Systems

A single-line progressive system is built around the progressive divider. Only one header line is required in this system. Oil lubrication is done with single-line volumetric systems. There are other grease-resistant variants. Single-line Volume systems are simple to use and maintain.

After a lubrication cycle, the dispenser in single-line volumetric systems must reload. A single-line progressive system is built around the progressive divider. It has three dispensing parts as well as a hydraulic spool. During the stroke, this hydraulic spool supplies a set amount of grease.

 

single point lubrication

 

Single-Point Lubricators 

Installing and maintaining single-point lubricators is simple. A single-point lubricator's operation schedule can be configured for 1 month to 12 months. SPLs come in three different models. Gas-activated, motor-driven, and spring-activated are the three types.

 

multi point lubricator

 

Multi-line Lubricators 

Multi-line lubricators were originally designed for manual reloading of the grease reservoir. Multi-line lubricators are usually designed for high pressure. The high pressure helps the longer pipes function. The high-pressure helps purge clogged pipework.

 

Why Choose an Automated Lubrication System?

Waste and Risk Reduction - A single-point automatic lubrication system can deliver the exact amount of grease at the right time. This reduces grease waste and bearing failure.

Cleanliness - Lubricant contamination affects the bearing life which increases the likelihood of machine failure. Manual lubrication systems see grease contamination as a hard task to accomplish. A properly installed automatic lubricator can supply an accurate amount of clean lubricant. This keeps the bearing life longer and prevents contamination at the same time.

Less Labor Cost  - Acquiring an automatic lubrication system will lessen your labor cost. Automating the amount of grease and flow schedule will save a lot of labor costs and manpower needs. An automatic lubrication system can also continuously improve the lubrication routes, implement a precise lubricant analysis program, Implement a contamination control, oil reconditioning program, and leakage control program.

Environmental Health and Safety - Improper lubrication practices impact the environment. An automatic lubrication system ensures that there will be no grease waste and health hazards on the next relubrication.

 

The Final Verdict: Manual or Automatic Lubrication?

Differentiating the two systems will help you choose which to use for your machinery. Manual Lubrication combined with a high-quality lubricant is best for lube points that require less relubrication. You should remember to avoid manual lubrication with short lubrication cycles, this is costly and time-consuming. Manual lubrication is expensive to maintain. This system can also put servicemen in danger because of hard-to-reach moving machine internals. Talk to a Le Price experienced reliability and maintenance engineers to help you assess if automatic lubrication is right for you.

When it comes to safety, automatic systems will undoubtedly meet your requirements. The cost of converting manual points to automatic lubrication is $650 per point.  Plants also experienced significant improvement in their uptime and bearing replacement. Although this is a more expensive option, keep in mind that automatic lubrication is a more reliable system that will result in fewer bearing problems. You'll save money on labor, have better control over lubricant dosing, and eliminate health and safety risks.

 

Source: machinerylubrication.com