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Automatic Chain Lubrication Systems

Chain Lubrication Systems

Optimal lubrication minimises chain friction and wear

Maximise chain life and maintain smooth conveyor processes with effective lubrication. Automatic chain lubrication systems provide numerous benefits over manual methods. Our experts will design a tailored solution, ensuring longevity, reduced wear, corrosion prevention, noise reduction, and minimised chain failure, regardless of application, chain type, or lubricant needs

Automatic Chain Lubrication System

Applications:

Types of Chain Lubrication Systems

CLK System

CLK (Airless Oil Projection System)

Designed for large, slow-moving conveyor roller chains. Precise metered amounts of oil, at preset intervals are delivered onto the surface of the chain at an exact location. No contact is made with the chain.

Applications:

Oil Chain Lubrication Mechanical Use

OCL-M (Oil Chain Lubrication - Mechanical)

Designed for farm machinery such as balers and combines. The OCL-M dispenses precise amounts of lubricant to the moving chain, reducing chain wear and the chance of downtime giving farmers peace of mind that their equipment is operating optimally.

Applications:

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Related Systems

Regardless of where you are in the lubrication process, the type of machine you use or industry you are in, we will partner with you to identify the lubrication system that best suits your requirements. We can help you achieve your performance metrics whether it be uptime, maintenance savings, or energy use.

Single Line Lubrication System

Consists of a central pump station that automatically supplies lubricant through a single supply line to the lubricant metering device.

Dual Line Lubrication System

Operates through the utilisation of two main lines, which are alternately supplied with lubricant from a high-pressure pump.

Multi line Automatic Lubrication System

Consists of a pump unit, control and monitoring devices, tubing and fittings. Each lubrication point has its own dedicated pumping element.

Progressive Automatic Lubrication System

Designed with a pump connected to at least one primary metering device, providing continuous lubrication.

Automatic Oil Circulation Lubrication System

Designed to lubricate as well
as cool highly stressed
bearings in nearly every
size of machine.

Chain Lubrication System

Consistently and precisely
applies lubricant to the chain
at regular intervals, while the
chain is running.

Frequently Asked Questions

An automatic chain lubrication system is designed to deliver lubricant to a chain without the need for manual intervention, ensuring consistent and precise lubrication over time. These systems are vital in various industrial, automotive, and mechanical applications where chains are a critical component. By automating the lubrication process, these systems help extend the lifespan of the chain, reduce maintenance costs, and improve the overall efficiency of the equipment.

How It Works:

Lubricant Reservoir: Holds the lubricant (oil or grease) that will be automatically applied to the chain. The reservoir size is based on the system’s needs and the frequency of lubrication required.

Pump: Automatically pumps lubricant from the reservoir to the chain. The pump is often controlled by an electronic system that can be programmed according to specific lubrication requirements.

Controller: A central control unit that dictates the timing and amount of lubricant dispensed. It can be programmed to activate the pump at predetermined intervals or based on certain conditions, such as machine runtime or chain movement.

Application Nozzles: Precisely apply the lubricant to critical parts of the chain, such as pins, rollers, and links. These nozzles are strategically placed to ensure optimal coverage and penetration of the lubricant.

Distribution System: Comprises tubing or hoses that convey the lubricant from the pump to the application nozzles. This system is designed to efficiently distribute lubricant across the entire length of the chain.

Automatic chain lubrication systems offer several benefits that significantly improve the performance and longevity of machinery while also providing operational efficiencies. Here are the key advantages:

Extended Chain and Component Life: Regular and precise lubrication reduces wear and tear on chains and associated components, such as sprockets and bearings, extending their service life and reducing replacement costs.

Reduced Maintenance Costs: By automating the lubrication process, the need for manual lubrication is eliminated, lowering labor costs and minimizing the frequency and cost of maintenance operations.

Improved Safety: Automatic systems reduce the need for maintenance personnel to come into close contact with potentially dangerous machinery for lubrication purposes, enhancing workplace safety.

Increased Equipment Uptime: Since lubrication can be performed while the machinery is operating, downtime is significantly reduced, leading to higher productivity and efficiency.

Optimized Lubricant Usage: These systems deliver the precise amount of lubricant needed at the right intervals, minimizing waste and ensuring that the chain is neither over- nor under-lubricated.

Enhanced Performance: Proper lubrication reduces friction and heat generation, leading to smoother operation, reduced energy consumption, and potentially lower operating costs.

Environmental Benefits: By optimizing lubricant usage and reducing spillage and waste, automatic chain lubrication systems can contribute to more environmentally friendly operations.

Prevention of Lubrication-Related Failures: Consistent lubrication helps prevent the chain from seizing, breaking, or failing prematurely, which can be costly in terms of repairs and operational downtime.

Versatility and Customization: These systems can be tailored to various applications and environments, ensuring effectiveness across a wide range of industrial, automotive, and specialized machinery.

Improved Product Quality: Consistent operation and reduced wear on machinery components can lead to more uniform production quality, reducing the risk of defects caused by equipment issues.

An automatic chain lubrication system operates on the principle of delivering a precise amount of lubricant to the chain and its components at regular intervals or based on specific operating conditions, without the need for manual intervention. Here’s a step-by-step overview of how it typically works:

Detection and Activation:

  • Automated Detection: Some systems are equipped with sensors that detect the operation of the machinery or the movement of the chain, activating the lubrication process at predefined conditions, such as a certain speed or after a set amount of operating time.
  • Programmed Activation: In many systems, the lubrication cycle is programmed based on the machinery’s operating schedule, ensuring that lubrication occurs at optimal times, such as during startup, at regular intervals during operation, or at shutdown.

Lubricant Dispensing:

  • Pump: The system includes a pump connected to a reservoir filled with the chosen lubricant (oil or grease). The pump is activated by the control unit based on the programmed schedule or sensor input.
  • Control Unit: This electronic device manages the timing and duration of the lubrication cycle, ensuring that the right amount of lubricant is dispensed each time.

Lubricant Distribution:

  • Distribution Network: The lubricant is transported from the pump through a network of pipes or tubes to the points on the chain that require lubrication.
  • Application Nozzles: Strategically positioned nozzles or applicators deliver the lubricant directly onto the chain, targeting critical areas such as pins, rollers, and links to ensure effective lubrication.

Monitoring and Adjustment:

  • Feedback System: Advanced systems may include sensors that monitor the flow of lubricant, the pressure in the distribution network, or the condition of the chain, providing feedback to the control unit.
  • Adjustments: Based on feedback or periodic assessments, the system’s settings (such as the amount of lubricant, frequency of lubrication, or specific lubrication points) can be adjusted to optimize performance and efficiency.

Maintenance and Refilling:

  • System Checks: Regular checks are performed to ensure the system is functioning correctly, including inspecting for leaks, blockages, or wear in the distribution network.
  • Reservoir Refilling: The lubricant reservoir needs to be refilled periodically, depending on the system’s usage rate and capacity.

The difference between manual and automatic chain lubrication systems lies in their operation, efficiency, and overall impact on machinery maintenance and performance. Here’s a comparison of the two:


Manual Chain Lubrication:

Operation: Requires a person to physically apply lubricant to the chain at regular intervals or as needed. This can be done with a brush, spray, or lubricant can.
Accuracy: The amount of lubricant applied and the coverage can be inconsistent, depending on the operator’s technique and diligence.
Time-Consuming: Manual lubrication requires machinery to be stopped for maintenance, leading to downtime. The frequency and timing of lubrication depend on maintenance schedules or visible signs of lubrication needs.
Safety: Technicians may be exposed to hazardous conditions while lubricating hard-to-reach parts of the machinery.
Cost: While there are no upfront costs for installing a system, manual lubrication can be more costly in the long run due to increased labor, potential for over-lubrication or under-lubrication, and the resultant wear and tear on components.
Efficiency: May lead to inefficient use of lubricant, with the potential for both over-lubrication, causing waste and environmental concerns, and under-lubrication, leading to increased wear.

 

Automatic Chain Lubrication:

Operation: Utilizes a pump, reservoir, and distribution system to automatically apply lubricant to the chain at predetermined intervals or based on specific conditions, without the need for manual intervention.
Accuracy: Delivers a precise amount of lubricant to the necessary parts of the chain, ensuring consistent and optimal lubrication.
Time-Saving: Operates while the machinery is in use, eliminating downtime for lubrication and ensuring continuous operation.
Safety: Reduces the need for personnel to interact with moving machinery parts, enhancing workplace safety.
Cost: Involves an initial investment for the system and installation but can lead to significant savings over time through reduced labor costs, decreased downtime, and extended equipment life.
Efficiency: Optimizes the use of lubricant, preventing waste and ensuring the chain operates smoothly with minimal wear, thereby extending the life of the chain and associated components.

Chain lubrication systems are versatile and can be adapted for use across a broad spectrum of industries, benefiting any operation where chains play a crucial role in machinery and equipment functionality. The adaptability of these systems to various environments and applications makes them suitable for a wide range of industrial sectors. Here are some examples of industries where chain lubrication systems are commonly used:

Manufacturing and Assembly:

  • In industries where conveyor belts and assembly lines are integral to operations, such as automotive, electronics, and consumer goods manufacturing, chain lubrication systems ensure smooth and continuous production processes.

Food and Beverage:

  • These systems can be designed to use food-grade lubricants, making them suitable for applications in food processing, packaging, and bottling plants where hygiene and cleanliness are paramount.

Agriculture:

  • In agricultural machinery, such as harvesters and conveyors, chain lubrication systems help in maintaining equipment efficiency and durability, even in harsh and dusty outdoor conditions.

Mining and Quarrying:

  • The heavy-duty chains used in mining and quarrying equipment operate in some of the most challenging environments. Automatic lubrication systems can withstand these conditions, providing reliable lubrication to reduce wear and prevent failures.

Forestry and Timber:

  • Sawmills and logging equipment benefit from chain lubrication systems that can handle the demanding environments of the forestry industry, protecting equipment used in cutting, transporting, and processing wood.

Textile Industry:

  • Chains in textile machinery require precise lubrication to maintain the high-speed operation of looms and knitting machines, ensuring product quality and machine longevity.

Transportation and Logistics:

  • Automated systems lubricate chains in material handling equipment, such as forklifts, palletizers, and automated storage and retrieval systems, crucial for efficient logistics and warehousing operations.

Amusement Parks and Leisure:

  • Roller coasters and other amusement park rides rely on well-maintained chains for safe and smooth operation, making chain lubrication systems vital for these applications.

Printing and Paper Industry:

  • Chains in printing presses and paper-making machines require regular lubrication to maintain precision and efficiency in high-speed printing and paper processing.

 

Adaptability to Specific Needs:
While chain lubrication systems are widely applicable across industries, the specific design and choice of lubricant may vary to meet industry-specific regulations, environmental conditions, and machinery requirements. Systems can be customized with different types of lubricants (e.g., food-grade, biodegradable, high-temperature resistant) and configurations to address unique operational challenges, ensuring they provide the maximum benefit to each industrial application.

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