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Automatic Lubrication Systems

Automatic Lubrication

Effective lubrication is essential for machine reliability, as improper lubrication can lead to increased downtime, higher expenses, and a rise in safety incidents, which is why SKF Lincoln automatic lubrication systems provide accurate and timely delivery of lubricants to lubrication points.

 

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Automatic Lubrication Solutions for your Industry

Machine lubrication plays a crucial role in maintenance budgets, with direct costs comprising only 1-3% of the total, while 40% of maintenance expenses are attributed to poor lubrication, often caused by incorrect practices leading to increased downtime, higher costs, and safety incidents.

Irrespective of your lubrication process, machine type, or industry, we are dedicated to collaborating with you to find the ideal automatic lubrication system that perfectly aligns with your needs. Our tailored solutions can help you achieve your performance goals, whether it involves maximising uptime, reducing maintenance expenses, or optimising energy consumption.

Agriculture Industry

Agriculture & Farming

Farm machines are exposed to similar tough conditions. From dirt, dust and debris, extreme temperatures, rain, corrosive chemicals, and long stretches of inactivity followed by intense work. Achieve machine reliability and low operating costs with one of our automatic grease systems.

Fire suppression for Mining

Mining

Conveyors and mobile machinery such as shovels, excavators, haul trucks and loaders all face harsh outdoor conditions and heavy loads that are hard on components. Avoid costly downtime with one of our automatic lubrication systems. Drive machine uptime, availability and reliability.

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Wind Energy

Wind turbines work at different speeds, in harsh environments, and in remote places, so they need to be oiled carefully. Operators are under pressure to produce as much energy as possible. They need a way to avoid damage to the bearings and unplanned turbine downtime while getting the most out of the people they have. 

Construction Industry

Construction

Off-road construction equipment may operate at modest speeds, but dependable performance under extreme stress is essential to increase productivity. With our smart lubrication solutions you can ensure that all of your machinery, continues to operate successfully in difficult operating conditions.

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Our Range of Automatic Lubrication Systems

Single Line Lubrication System

Single-Line Lubrication Systems

Single-line lubrication systems feature a central pump station that automatically supplies lubricant through a single supply line to dedicated metering devices for precise delivery to individual lubrication points.

Servicing a single machine or multiple zones on one machine, and are compatible with small-to-medium line lengths and various lubricants, including grease up to NLGI 3, oil, and fluid grease.

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Progressive Automatic Lubrication System

Progressive Lubrication Systems

Progressive lubrication systems feature a pump connected to at least one primary metering device for continuous lubrication. Expandable with a second level metering device for more lubrication points evenly distributing predefined amounts of lubricant.

Suitable for continuous lubrication of small- to medium-sized machines, it dispenses precise, metered lubricant to up to 150 lubrication points, covering distances of around 15m.

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Chain Lubrication System

Chain Lubrication Systems

The automatic chain lubrication systems consistently and precisely apply lubricant to the running chain at regular intervals, preventing premature wear, corrosion, excessive noise, chain failure, and protecting workers from moving chains and harsh environments.

Providing solutions for various applications, including small fast-moving conveyor roller chains, large slower-moving conveyor chains, conveyors requiring grease lubrication, and roller chains used on farm machines.

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Dual Line Lubrication System

Dual-Line Lubrication Systems

Dual-line lubrication systems utilise two main lines, alternately supplied with lubricant from a high-pressure pump via a change-over valve. Branch lines with dual-line metering devices deliver large amounts of lubricant to lubrication points, enabling precise dispensing over distances of up to 120m and up to 2,000 lubrication points, making them ideal for large machinery and harsh conditions.

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Multi line Automatic Lubrication System

Multi-Line Lubrication Systems

Multi-line lubrication systems consist of a pump unit, control and monitoring devices, tubing, and fittings. Each lubrication point has its own dedicated pumping element, ensuring a simple, accurate, and highly reliable design. These systems can be actuated through mechanical, electrical, or hydraulic methods, making them suitable for demanding applications in various industries.

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Automatic Oil Circulation Lubrication System

Oil Circulation Lubrication Systems

Oil circulation systems lubricate and cool highly stressed bearings in various machine sizes, flushing contaminants from friction points, with easy serviceability and expandable modular design. Utilised in pulp and paper, printing, marine, tunnelling, mining, and cement industries, including harsh and explosive atmospheres.

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Oil and air lubrication systems

Oil and Air Lubrication Systems

Oil and air lubrication systems provide a controlled, non-contact oil flow to bearings with a continuous air flow, ensuring clean, protected bearings, efficient lubrication, and minimal environmental impact for high-speed spindle bearings, chains, and special applications in the steel industry.

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A PROGRESSIVE STEP IN MAINTENANCE

The right lubrication practices drive optimal results

Around 56% of premature bearing failures can be attributed to issues related to lubrication practices or contamination in industrial settings. Using the wrong type of lubricant, or degradation of the lubricant over time, can lead to increased friction and heat, resulting in wear, damage, or even seizure of the bearing.

On the other hand, contamination of the lubricant or the bearing environment with foreign particles such as dust, dirt, or metal shavings, can cause abrasive wear and deterioration of the bearing surfaces. Minimise contamination by doing the following process.

Frequently Asked Questions

An Automatic Lubrication System (ALS), also known as an Automatic Greasing System or a Centralized Lubrication System, is designed to deliver controlled amounts of lubricant to multiple locations on a machine while it is operating. These systems are crucial for the efficient and reliable operation of various types of machinery and equipment, minimizing downtime and extending the life of the equipment. Here’s a general overview of how these systems work:

Central Reservoir: The system starts with a central reservoir that holds the lubricant, which can be oil, grease, or another type of lubricant, depending on the application. The reservoir size can vary based on the system’s requirements and the frequency of lubrication needed.

Pump and Controller: A pump, which is controlled by an electronic or mechanical controller, pushes the lubricant from the reservoir through the system. The controller can be programmed to activate the pump at predetermined intervals, ensuring that lubrication occurs regularly without manual intervention.

Distribution Network: The lubricant is distributed throughout the machine via a network of pipes or tubing. This network is carefully designed to reach all the lubrication points on the machine, which can include bearings, gears, chains, and other moving parts.

Metering Devices: At each lubrication point, metering devices (or valves) regulate the amount of lubricant delivered. These devices ensure that each point receives the correct amount of lubricant, preventing both under- and over-lubrication. The precise control over lubricant distribution helps to optimize the machine’s performance and longevity.

Feedback System: Modern ALS may include sensors and feedback systems that monitor lubricant flow and pressure in the system. This information can be used to detect blockages, leaks, or other malfunctions in the system, allowing for timely maintenance and repairs.

Advantages: The benefits of using an ALS include reduced wear and tear on machinery, lower labor costs associated with manual lubrication, and the ability to lubricate machinery parts that are difficult to access or are in hazardous locations. Furthermore, because the system operates while the machinery is in use, it eliminates the need for downtime that manual lubrication might require.

The benefits of using an Automatic Lubrication System (ALS) are significant across various aspects of machinery operation and maintenance. Here are the key advantages:

Extended Equipment Life: Regular and precise lubrication reduces wear and tear on moving parts, extending the overall life of the equipment.

Reduced Downtime: Since lubrication can be performed while machines are operating, there’s no need to stop equipment for manual lubrication, leading to less downtime and higher productivity.

Improved Safety: ALS eliminates the need for personnel to manually lubricate hard-to-reach or dangerous parts of machinery, reducing the risk of accidents and injuries.

Increased Efficiency: By delivering the exact amount of lubricant needed at the right time, ALS ensures machinery operates more efficiently, with less friction and resistance.

Lower Maintenance Costs: Automated lubrication reduces the labor costs associated with manual lubrication and can also decrease the frequency and cost of repairs due to wear and tear.

Optimized Lubricant Usage: Precise metering reduces the overuse or underuse of lubricants, ensuring optimal performance and minimizing waste.

Enhanced Reliability: Consistent lubrication helps prevent machinery failures and unexpected breakdowns, leading to more reliable operation and scheduling.

Environmental Benefits: By optimizing lubricant usage and reducing spillage, ALS contributes to more environmentally friendly operations.

Automatic Lubrication Systems (ALS) are versatile and can be adapted to a wide range of machinery and equipment across various industries, but there are some considerations and limitations to their application:

Wide Application Range: ALS are commonly used in heavy machinery in mining, construction, agriculture, manufacturing, food processing, and transportation industries. They are suitable for equipment such as trucks, cranes, conveyors, excavators, loaders, and many types of industrial machines and assembly lines.

Adaptability: These systems can be designed to match the specific lubrication requirements of different machinery, including the type of lubricant (oil or grease), the amount of lubricant needed, and the frequency of lubrication. This makes them adaptable to many types of machinery.

Limitations:

  • Size and Space Constraints: Very small or compact machinery may not have enough space to accommodate an ALS, including its reservoir, pump, and distribution network.
  • Economic Feasibility: For very low-cost or infrequently used machinery, the investment in an ALS may not be economically justified compared to the benefits.
  • Complexity of Installation: Machinery with extremely complex or inaccessible lubrication points may pose challenges for the installation of an ALS. However, these systems are specifically valued for reaching hard-to-access points, so this is less about feasibility and more about the complexity and cost of installation.

Customization for Specific Needs: Although there may be limitations, many ALS providers offer customized solutions to fit specific machinery configurations and operational needs. This includes systems designed for extreme temperatures, harsh environments, and specific regulatory requirements, such as those in the food and pharmaceutical industries.

The cost of an automatic grease lubrication system can vary widely based on several factors:

Type of System: There are centralized lubrication systems and single-point lubricators, with the centralized systems generally being more expensive.

Application: The size and complexity of the machinery being lubricated play a significant role. Systems for heavy machinery like mining equipment or large industrial machines will be more costly than those for smaller machines.

Brand & Quality: High-end brands or systems with advanced features will come at a premium.

Components & Features: Systems that include advanced monitoring capabilities, alarms, or other special features can add to the cost.

Installation Costs: Depending on whether you’re retrofitting an older machine or integrating into a new one, installation costs can vary.

Maintenance & Consumables: While not a direct cost of the system itself, the type and frequency of maintenance required, as well as the cost of consumable items (like grease), can influence the total cost of ownership.

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