By Ken “Dr. Lube” Bannister Symptom We have experienced lubricant-injector failures in a number of our conveyor lubricators. We’ve used the same brand of high-temperature chain oil for the past five years without issue, except for the last drum. In that drum, we discovered coagulated “lumps” floating in the oil. The oil supplier is blaming our […]
By Dr. Lube, aka Ken Bannister Symptom: “Recent fork-lift damage to one of our machines affected several steel grease-delivery lines connected to one of the Trabon automatic-greasing system’s lube blocks. Can I rely on the lube pump to pre-fill the replacement lines?” Diagnosis: A typical Trabon centralized grease-lubrication system consists of a pump assembly connected […]
By Dr. Lube, aka Ken Bannister Symptom: “We use programmable single-point lubricators for our hard-to-reach equipment bearings and regularly perform preventive-maintenance (PM) checks to ensure the units are working properly. Those PM checks recently detected that a number of newly installed units have failed to deliver any grease in weeks, despite a full charge of […]
By Ken Bannister, Contributing Editor Symptom: We must have at least a dozen different grease guns in our maintenance department. Some deliver more lubricant than others, yet our PMs call for a fixed amount of shots. Is this a problem? Diagnosis: There are no “standard” grease guns. While they may look similar, displacement and […]
By Ken Bannister, Contributing Editor Symptom: “We’ve begun using a variety of single-point lubricators for remote plant bearings on HVAC rooftop units, cranes, conveyor drives, etc. While our bearing failure rate has decreased drastically, we still experience failures. Is that normal for this type of automated lubricator?” Diagnosis: Automatic single-point lubrication (SPL) devices are relatively […]
By Ken Bannister, Contributing Editor Symptom: “We are currently implementing a plant-wide ‘equipment reliability’ initiative promoting a tangible increase in failure reduction, life-cycle improvement and asset availability. We employ many automated lubrication systems and would like some basic advice on how to improve and sustain their reliability.” Diagnosis: When set up and maintained correctly, an […]
Improving a site’s lubrication program can be the single greatest factor in decreasing unplanned downtime. It also provides the greatest ROI.
Belgium’s Port of Antwerp (“Antwerp”) is Europe’s second largest and the fourth largest in the world. Thousands upon thousands of ocean-going vessels call at this busy facility each year, and containers are a huge (and growing) component of its maritime traffic. As it is around any port, each hour saved in handling freight that moves […]