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What is an Automatic lubrication system?

An automatic lubrication system automatically provides your equipment with the right amount of lubricant at the right time and in the right place — while the machine is in operation. It replaces a conventional lubrication system such as a grease gun. An automatic lubrication system reduces both maintenance and costs and eliminates downtime.

Why Lubrication - 6 major reasons

1. Why lubrication 

6 Major Reasons 

  • Reduce friction
  • Reduce wear
  • Absorb shock
  • Reduce hear
  • Minimize corrosion
  • Seal out contamination
Why bearing fail - More than 50% of bearings failures are the result of improper lubrication

More than 50% of bearing failures are the result of improper lubrication.

Effects of a bearing failure:

  • Costs of new bearings
  • Loss of production due to downtime
  • Labor costs for the repair
  • Safety risks when repairing
  • Missed customer deliveries
Why bearings fail - Contamination, the pitfall of manual lubrication

2. Why bearings fail 

Contamination, the pitfall of manual lubrication 

Grease is used as a sealing
  • Open lube points lack fresh grease
  • Dirt can easily enter the system 

Dirty grease zerks

  • Dirt will be pushed into lubrication point
  • Dirt will act like an abrasive
  • Premature failure of the bearing or bushing 
Why bearing fail - Heavy duty machinery and equipment require proper lubrication

2. Why bearings fail 

Heavy duty machinery and equipment require proper lubrication 

Avoiding under- and over-lubrication:
  • Accurate lubricant dosing
  • At regular intervals
  • In the right place
  • Lubricate while machine is running 
How does an automatic lubrication system work?

3. How does an automatic lubrication system work? 

  1. The pump and reservoir store and provide a steady flow of lubricant.
  2. The time- or cycle-based controller activates and monitors the system
  3. Metering devices such as injectors or series progressive divider valves accurately dispense the right amount of lubricant to the lubrication points.
  4. The hose and fittings transport the lubricant from the reservoir to the metering device, from the metering device to the bearings and other vital parts of the machine. 
Manual vs. automatic lubrication

4. Manual vs. automatic lubrication 

Manual lubrication has a number of shortcomings: 

  • Increased machine downtime
  • High maintenance costs
  • Unsafe working conditions
  • Inconsistent lubrication 

An automatic lubrication system results in:

  • Extended equipment lifetime
  • Less downtime and higher productivity
  • Better and safer working conditions
  • Reduced costs and higher ROI 
Manual vs. automatic lubrication - Automatic lubrication leads to extend equipment lifetime

4. Manual vs. automatic lubrication

Extended equipment lifetime
 

Automatic lubrication leads to extended equipment lifetime 

  1. It consistently dispenses accurate doses of lubricant.
  2. It enables the permanent purging of contamination while the system is working.
  3. The entire pin is coated, and equal purging of the pin’s circumference is obtained. 
Manual vs. automatic lubrication - Automatic lubrication leads to higher productivity

4. Manual vs. automatic lubrication

Less downtime & higher productivity
 

Automatic lubrication leads to higher productivity 

  • Automatic lubrications systems consistently dispense accurate doses of lubricants.
  • Lubrication is done while the machine is running. No shut down required 
 
  • Without proper lubrication, the effects of friction and contamination can be severe. 
     
  • This compromises the lifetime of the equipment and increases frequency of repair and operation downtime. 
Manual vs. automatic lubrication - Shock leading affect pins and bushings

4. Manual vs. automatic lubrication

Avoid losses due to shock loading 

Shock loading affects pins and bushings 

When working with heavy equipment, you’ll occasionally hit the ground, a rock, the road etc. During that hit, a shock load occurs on the pins and bushings which means the grease in between is being squeezed out. The way your equipment is lubricated determines the impact of the hits on your equipment. 

With every hit the grease between the pin and bushing is squeezed out, creating metal-to-metal contact

Manual vs. automatic lubrication - Avoid losses due to shock loading

4. Manual vs. automatic lubrication Avoid losses due to shock loading 

Avoid losses due to shock loading

Constant lubrication keeps the bushings and frame in perfect condition

Microwelding wears out bushings and affects the frame

Manual vs. automatic lubrication - Automatic fill shut-off at ground lever: the safest, most efficient solution
  • A refiller needs to climb a ladder or stairs with a fill hose.
  • By carrying a hose, the refiller loses the use of one hand.
  • Automatic fill shut-off and ground-level refilling options.
  • A single person can safely refill the reservoir at ground level.