Monday 16th Dec, 2019

Saving money with automatic lubrication

Equipment failures due to inadequate lubrication of bearings and other moving parts can result in costly repairs and shut down production. This is why JSG Industrial Systems has designed an Automatic Lubrication System that routinely lubricates friction points on a machine while it’s running.

Equipment failures due to inadequate lubrication of bearings and other moving parts can result in costly repairs and shut down production. This is why JSG Industrial Systems has designed an Automatic Lubrication System that routinely lubricates friction points on a machine while it’s running.

In a competitive marketplace, machinery is often pushed to its maximum productivity level, meaning protecting it from unscheduled downtime can help quickly return an investment.

When it comes to bulk handling equipment such as commercial trucking, JSG Industrial Systems have both truck and trailer lubrication systems that are capable of delivering greases of varying viscosities.

Such systems are available as Manual Single Point Lubrication Systems, Manual Centralised Lubrication Systems and Automated Centralised Lubrication Systems.

Grease Viscosity and System Selection

The system type to be used on the vehicle depends greatly on what grease and the viscosity of the grease required for the correct lubrication of the bearings. The selection of the grease is usually obtained from the vehicle manufacturer or the bearing manufacturer.

There are several types of grease used in automated systems on vehicles. These greases have different properties and viscosities. The greases can be described either by their National Lubricating Grease Institute (NLGI) Viscosity Rating or by the description of the grease, as in the below table:

The NLGI consistency number expresses a measure of the relative hardness of a grease used for lubrication, as specified by the standard classification of lubricating grease established by the National Lubricating Grease Institute (NLGI).

The NLGI consistency number is just one factor in determining the suitability of a grease to a specific application, other properties that will have an effect on the system selection are as ambient temperature, bearing type, bearing speed, apparent grease viscosity and grease pumpability.

Load-bearing Capacity of Grease

The load-bearing capacity of NLGI 2 grease is much greater than that of NLGI 000 fluid grease. This is especially important in preventing premature wear. Bearings with high loads are found for example on loading cranes, hoists, tippers, special truck bodies and long-haul trucks.

Automatic Lubrication Advantages Versus Manual Lubrication

The main difference between manual and automatic lubrication is that in the case of manually applied lubricants, mechanics or operators tend to lubricate on schedule (once a day, week, month, year, etc.) rather than when the bearing needs it. To compensate, the operator often will fill the bearing until he sees lubricant seeping out. The lubricant could be effectively “spent” by the time the operator gets back to it again. This sets up an over lubrication and under lubrication scenario. Conversely, automated lubrication provides lubricant constantly at an appropriate amount that allows the bearing to operate at its optimum. When the bearing is properly lubricated in this manner, it also helps to seal the bearing from contaminants.

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JSG Industrial Systems is a subsidiary of the John Sample Group which has been established for over 90 years. Since 1968, the John Sample Group has been able to call on its extensive experience in the automotive and industrial markets when supporting the needs of the professional drivers in the supply of quality equipment, service and support, with the ability to provide the right cost solution to many issues in establishing the most effective maintenance practices.

JSG Industrial Systems provide fully designed cost-effective solutions and systems along with fully guaranteed quality installation, service and repair work for your on-road equipment.

To support JSG Industrial Systems in delivering a high level of service to the region, a well-trained and very skilful network of Distributors has been developed, located in major cities and in remote areas nationally and internationally where the JSG Industrial Systems products are widely used.

With the support of this network the ability to provide immediate needs regarding products, parts, service and repair is further assured. Technical support is also offered locally by our in-house engineering team for workshop design, product service and repairs.

From simple solutions to highly sophisticated monitored systems and backed by world leading manufacturers of industrial systems, JSG Industrial Systems will recommend the best technology for the user’s application and budget.