Automatic lubrication systems

Automatic lubrication systems are commonly used in heavy equipment for ports, construction, mining, and agriculture. These systems help to reduce downtime, extend bearing and machine life, and improve performance by ensuring that all components receive precise lubrication.

Why install an automatic lubrication system?

An automatic lubrication system offer several advantages over manual lubrication, but there are also downsides to installing a centralized lubrication system.

Improved lubrication

Automatic systems deliver a precise amount of lubricant to each lubrication point, ensuring that the components are properly lubricated and reducing the risk of over or under-lubrication.

Increased safety

Automatic systems reduce the need for personnel to access hard-to-reach or hazardous areas of equipment for manual lubrication, reducing the risk of accidents and injuries.

Reduced maintenance time

Automatic grease systems can reduce the time and effort required for manual lubrication, allowing maintenance personnel to focus on other maintenance tasks.

Extended equipment life

Proper lubrication is essential to the longevity of equipment . Automatic systems help ensure that components receive proper lubrication, reducing wear and tear, and extending equipment life.

Costly implementation and downtime

A centralized lubrication system uses pumps, tubing, and fittings to distribute lubricant to the various components that require lubrication. In a system with multiple lubrication points, installing the system can be costly and time-consuming. Centralized lube systems are often cost effective when they are up and running. But they often also require training of personel and can result in prolonged downtime if the system fails.


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How Automatic lubrication systems work

Automatic lubrication systems (or auto lube systems) are a type of lubrication system that automatically delivers a controlled amount of lubricant to various lubrication points on a piece of equipment, such as a port crane.  

A centralized automatic lubrication system typically consist of three main components:

  • Lubricant reservoir, which is the container or tank that holds the lubricant dispensed to the lubrication points on the equipment.
  • Pump unit that pumps the lubricant from the reservoir to the lubrication points. The pump unit may be driven by an electric motor, compressed air, or other power source.
  • Metering system that controls the amount of lubricant delivered to each lubrication point. The metering system may include valves, fittings, and tubing to distribute the lubricant to the appropriate locations.

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Connecting the lubrication points: How to implement automatic lubrication systems

Overall, implementing an automatic lubrication system involves selecting the appropriate system, installing it, setting the lubrication schedule, testing and calibrating the system, and performing regular maintenance.

Once the appropriate lubrication system has been selected, it must be installed. This involves mounting the reservoir, pump unit, and metering system in the appropriate locations, and running tubing and fittings to every lube point.

Setting the lubrication schedule (or lube cycle), including the frequency and amount of grease to be delivered to each lubrication point, must be set according to the manufacturer’s recommendations and the specific needs of all machines in the entire system.

The system must be tested and calibrated to ensure that it is delivering the appropriate amount of lubricant to each lubrication point. This may involve adjusting metering valves, checking for leaks, and verifying proper operation of the system.

An automatic lubrication system require regular maintenance to ensure proper operation and avoid component failure. This included checking for leaks, replacing worn injectors and other components, and monitoring lubricant levels and quality.

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