Automatic Lubrication Device Eliminates Guesswork – and Failures
- Published: Wednesday, 12 June 2013 12:07
Klüber Lubrication, which offers high-end tribological solutions to virtually all industries and markets worldwide, and Perma-tec, which manufacturers single-point automatic lubricators, have launched a new product line designed to provide customers in the cement and mining industries with a cost-effective and reliable solution for automatic lubrication. The system – which carries the brand name Klübermatic – combines the best lubricant for the application with a single-point automatic applicator, supported by the engineering services of both companies.
The Klübermatic is a self-generated, fully automatic delivery system for Klüber lubricants to single or multiple lubrication points. Depending on the size of the applicator and the lubrication requirements, the Klübermatic delivery system can be set to discharge the correct level of grease or oil for up to 24 months.
The Klübermatic line includes both electro-chemical and electro-mechanical drive systems. Each Klübermatic consists of the drive system, piston and lubrication canister filled with correct lubricant for the specific application. A complete line of accessories that may be required to complete the installation are also available for additional purchase.
Depending on the model, the Klübermatic will contain between 30 cc and 500 cc of lubricating grease or oil. The discharge period for the Klübermatic is determined by the movement of the internal piston.
By controlling the pressure on the piston in the electro-chemical units or the lubrication intervals in the electro-mechanical units, the proper amount of lubricant will be delivered over the discharge period. The Klübermatic can be direct mounted to the grease fitting or it can be remotely mounted using brackets and tubing.
At the end of the discharge period, depending on the type of drive used the complete unit is removed, disposed of and replaced with a new unit (electro-chemical) or the lubrication canister and batteries are replaced and the drive unit is reused (electro-mechanical).
A plant’s profitability is directly related to equipment reliability. One of the main requirements for reliable operation is frequent greasing to prevent the entry of contaminants inside bearings.
Since many of the lubrication points in a plant are dangerous and hard to access, they are not lubricated as often as required. This causes accelerated wear of mechanical components and often leads to premature bearing failure.
Extreme operating conditions such as high temperature, vibrations, shock loads, high loads and contaminants such as dust, dirt and water demand frequent and reliable lubrication in order to prevent costly downtime. Klübermatics ensure an uninterrupted supply of fresh lubricant to the friction point.
This provides an effective seal of lubrication to prevent the ingress of water, dirt and dust. With Klübermatic lubricators, up to 55 percent of rolling bearing failures can be prevented by delivering the correct lubricant at the optimum frequency. This can result in a reduction in bearing temperature and smooth temperature spikes due to under lubrication.
Klübermatics enhance preventive maintenance routines due to the reliability of the delivery system compared to the scheduling of manual applications. Automatic lubrication systems save time because they minimize lubrication maintenance route.
The time to lubricate 100 lubrication points on your conveyor equipment every 14 days can be drastically reduced by installing Klübermatics and exchange every six months without any tools and without stopping production. This frees maintenance staff to focus on improving reliability in other parts of the plant.
Correct installation and lubricant choice are essential for maximizing the benefits of the Klübermatic system. Each Klübermatic installation begins with a survey by the Klüber and Perma engineering team and continues with installation support and periodic operational reviews.
During the survey, the team will identify the opportunities for automatic lubricators, the installation design, and the lubrication requirements. Klübermatics can be used in all areas of a plant including the quarry, mixing beds, conveyors, kilns, mills, ventilation systems, motors, pumps, extruders, silos, bagging, palletizing, fans and everywhere in between.
The unique features of the Klübermatic program include controlled and metered delivery of the correct lubricant, automatic lubrication systems engineered to meet the specific requirements of the application, and the combined installation and after sales support by the Klüber and Perma engineering team. Klübermatics provide the operator with peace of mind that machinery will not fail during critical operations because of improper lubrication.
Klüber Lubrication, www.klueber.com
“The time to lubricate 100 lubrication points on your conveyor equipment every 14 days can be drastically reduced by installing Klübermatics.”