The importance of lubricants used in industrial operations cannot be ignored. We all know that if things run smoothly, we’re in good shape. A bad bearing here and there can lead to chaos and in turn lead to disastrous situations. Reliability is the keyword here and without it, no smooth operations can occur. Machinery and equipment if not ascertained or monitored can easily break down without warning resulting in loss of precious time and money. It's obviously impossible to reach out to each and every piece of equipment all the time to ensure everything belongs where it should and everything is operating efficiently. Automatic lubrication systems play a huge role in this.
How they work:
Machines are lubricated automatically as the name suggests. They do so with precision amounts at a prescribed time with consistent monitoring. Such systems work to eradicate and remove any hazards or damaging anomalies and unlike manual lubrication, where human error can occur, waste is limited. These systems are designed to run its service without the need to turn machinery off. While it lubricates, the work flow isn’t interrupted nor requires any working under lower operating costs. At the same, this increases the life of the machinery while eradicating unscheduled downtime.
There are two categories or types and each are very popular according to the functions they perform; grease systems and oil systems. There are various styles of an automated lubrication system in both types ranging from single, parallel and double parallel lines and an enhanced multi-port direct system.
Different Parts of the System
All systems perform according to different purposes but all typically are comprised of five parts. The controllers or timers are responsible for activating the system. The reservoir and pump take care of the lubricant and its application. The supply line tends to the transport of lubrication for the application. The metering valve which measures and, according to various points, dispenses lubricant. Finally, we have the feed lines. These are the connection from the metering valve to the point of application. All of these components form to make the lubricating system work effectively and with more precise execution. Wastage of any sort including time and money is avoided.
Impacts on Machinery
The main reason for having an automated lubrication system for mechanical needs is to ensure longevity and provide protection. Requirements can be different, however proper study and research is needed in order to match a system for your machinery. Sometimes, obtaining the wrong product can evade the purpose of an automated lubricating system and also create negative impacts on the machinery. One must always ensure that the right system is used for any machinery otherwise the cost of machine failure, plus the downtime and getting back online will cost the business dearly. Extra care is taken in selecting the right system for any mechanical purpose. Investing in an automated lubrication system always helps to ensure that proper lubrication is being carried out and lubricant is being delivered to those hard to get spots. Also, it’s important that manufacturers recommendations should always be understood and followed.
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