Lubricating equipment and systems are used to assist the smooth and healthy operation of rotating machinery parts like gears, bearings, dies, chains, spindles, cables, pumps, and rails. Manual lubricating methods (e.g. with a grease gun) are typically performed on schedule by an individual worker. However, the majority of lubricating systems available for industrial applications today are automatic lubricating systems, operating with pre-programmed settings rather than by an individual. Also known as ALS or centralised lubrication systems, automatic lubrication systems deliver controlled amounts of lubricant to different locations on a machine as needed in real time.
Importance of Lubrication Systems: Proper lubrication is one of the most important industrial maintenance processes. Without lubricating systems, many industrial and manufacturing processes would wear down from friction, overheating, and generally require breakdown maintenance more often. (Without lubrication, industrial bearings rarely last more than 10% of their potential life span.) Machinery that requires constant maintenance increases production downtime and negatively affects commercial productivity overall. Some studies claim that over 50% of total industrial bearing failures are due to a lack of proper lubrication.
Grease Guns / Pumps
When it comes to proper lubrication of machinery, grease guns should be a norm in your arsenal. The standard grease gun is the most common workshop and/or garage tool to do the job and keep moving parts working in perfect order.
Not all grease guns are the same and purchasing the correct one for your industry is not that easy. 5 types of grease guns are available on the market, manufactured for different purposes namely: Lever, pistol grip, hand pumps, and air powered.
Need Assistance Selecting the correct Grease Gun / Pump?
If you need assistance selecting the correct Grease Gun / Pump for your particular application, please give us a call and talk to one of our knowledgeable staff. We’re here to help and problem solve for you.
A grease nipple is a metal fitting used in mechanical systems to feed lubricants, usually lubricating grease or oil into a bearing or mechanical device under moderate to high pressure.
Pine Rivers Bearings stocks a large range of quality grease nipples including 45, 67, 90 degree, or straight in a range of metric, UNF, BSP, BSF, BSW, NPT and Drive Fit. We also have a range of Stainless Steel Grease Nipples.
Need Assistance Selecting the correct Grease Nipple?
If you need assistance selecting the correct Grease Nipple for your particular application, please give us a call and talk to one of our knowledgeable staff. We’re here to help and problem solve for you.
Automatic Lubrication Systems
Automatic lubricating systems operate with pre-programmed settings. Also known as ALS or centralised lubrication systems, automatic lubrication systems deliver controlled amounts of lubricant to different locations on a machine as needed in real time.
Automatic lubrication systems have many advantages over traditional methods of manual lubrication:
- All critical components are lubricated, regardless of location and access restrictions.
- Lubrication occurs while the machinery is operating causing the lubricant to be equally distributed within the bearing and increasing the machine’s serviceability.
- Proper lubrication of critical components ensures safe operation of the machinery.
- Less wear on the components means extended component life, fewer breakdowns, reduced downtime, reduced replacement costs and reduced maintenance costs.
- Measured lubrication amounts help stop lubricant being wasted.
- Safety – no climbing around machinery or inaccessible areas (gases, exhaust, confined spaces, etc.)
- Lower energy consumption due to less friction.
- Increased overall productivity resulting from increase in machine availability and reduction in downtime due to breakdowns or general maintenance
Need Assistance Selecting the correct Automatic Lubrication System?
If you need assistance selecting the correct Automatic Lubrication System for your particular application, please give us a call and talk to one of our knowledgeable staff. We’re here to help and problem solve for you.