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Coast Lubricants Ltd is excited to be working with World Focus to bring the EasyLube and Autol automatic lubrication systems to the North American markets. These systems are very robust, use RFID tagging, and have been highly successful in harsh environments worldwide and it is why we are so excited to bring this technology to the North American market. Click for more info on these systems on the associated buttons above.
In a study conducted by a major component manufacturer, improper lubrication accounts for 53% of all bearings failures, a major cause of equipment downtime and significant unnecessary maintenance costs including, replacement bearings, labour to repair or replace bearings, unscheduled downtime and the impact on meeting customer delivery commitments. Primary, these failures are caused by contamination of bushings by dust, dirt and moisture or inadequate amount of grease applied to bearings.
Lack of lubrication isn’t the only problem however – inefficient manual lubrication practices can often result in over-lubrication of key pivot points, which brings its own indirect, but very real costs, including wasted lube, environmental issues, safety or housekeeping issues and higher labour costs.
An Automatic Lubrication System (ALS) helps eliminate these unplanned and unnecessary expenses. Whether you know it as an automatic lubrication system, an auto greaser or a centralized grease or oil lubrication system, an ALS automatically lubricates multiple points on a machine from a centralized pump/control unit which is mounted in an easily accessible location. A system dispenses small measured amounts of lubricant at frequent intervals, while your machine is operating, maintaining a uniform supply of lubricant in the bearings at all times and a consistent lubricant seal to prevent dirt and contaminants from migrating into bearings. This is compared to in the feast and famine conditions often associated with manual lubrication, where lubrication is done “when there’s time.”
In talking with people who don’t currently use ALS, we often here statements like ‘Even if I use an Auto Lube System, I still have to do a regular machine inspection on the system’. This is absolutely correct. An ALS will not replace your regular machine maintenance inspection. You still have to check for loose or damaged lines and make sure that everything is operating smoothly. What an ALS does it take the grease gun or oil can out of your hand and replace it with a wrench. Then, you can use the lube lines as a guide and have the opportunity to focus on making any necessary adjustments or repairs as you conduct your regular inspection.
So you might be asking yourself, ”What’s the point of using an ALS?” There are 8 reasons why you would want to use an Automatic Lubrication System:
An ALS helps reduce or eliminate climbing over and under machinery or into difficult-to-reach areas, and in today’s workplace, personnel safety is always a key consideration.
- Efficient Lubrication
An ALS applies lubricant while the machine is operating so you don’t have to stop what you’re doing or set aside time to lubricate – in other words, less downtime. Also, because the bearing is turning when it receives the lubricant, you get much better grease or oil coverage on the bearings.
- Better Lubrication
Applying grease or oil is often most effective when it is dispensed into small, measured amounts over short, frequent time intervals. Unfortunately, tight deadlines and manpower constraints or in some cases the location of the machine often make the method of lubrication impossible. Machinery gets lubed when it’s available and when we have time and somebody available to do it. Clearly, this approach is not optimal for the point requiring lubrication. An ALS makes this problem go away.
- Better Housekeeping
How much grease or oil is too much? If you’re old school, you keep pumping it in until you see it oozing out of the bearing. This is what we at FLO Components like to call “over lubrication”. As previously stated, frequent and small, measured amounts will give your bearings the best protection. In addition to no over/under lubrication, this also means that you get less spillage and leakage. The end results are less grease or oil wastage and less mess on your equipment and floor. Appearance aside, safety (danger of slipping) and environmental issues are even more important.
- Less Downtime, Reduced Maintenance Costs, & Reduced Bearing Replacement
Time and manpower constrains often make it nearly impossible to keep up with the lubrication requirements of machinery. The “preventing maintenance” provided by an ALS is absolutely key to reducing maintenance costs and minimizing downtime by extending the life of the many pivots, bearings, bushings and other components on the machine. There are also fewer replacement parts to stock.
- Increased Overall Productivity
Resulting from an increase in machine availability and reduction in downtime due to breakdowns or general maintenance.
- Longer Machine Life
Because bearing areas are consistently protected and your machinery in general is better maintained.
- Helps the Environment
For the environment, less premature wear of bearings and other components mean less landfill. Also, since you’re not over lubricating (see Better Housekeeping above), you’re depleting fewer resources from the environment.