Although the technology for automatic lubrication systems has been available for many years, there is a relatively large number of people who remain unconvinced, simply rejecting the use of these systems altogether for a variety of reasons, or perhaps waiting for more data to support their use and the impact they could have on their operations.
So begins an article written by David Piangerelli in Reliability Web.
Piangerelli argues that system malfunctions and bearings may be lost all because of an inappropriate lubricant, not a poorly designed system or hardware failure. A lubrication system vendor has responsibility to the owner and purchaser to educate and share information freely to ensure that the system performs as expected for many years with minimal maintenance cost and that system refilling should not be afterthought but rather a part of the system itself.
By caring for the system and ensuring it functions correctly, one can easily ensure years of trouble-free performance and the resultant benefits lubrication systems provide. These benefits are:
- Enhanced personnel safety
- Reduced lubricant consumption
- Dramatically extended component life
- Increased machine productivity
- Reduced product spoilage
- Reduced man hours
- Improved operating efficiency
He sums it up:
A properly designed and installed system will provide years of reliable service. It cannot, however, do so without proper care. Like any other machine or asset, it requires care and understanding of system functionality and a partner vested in their success.
So, what do you think?