Applying Industrial Grease

Precision is very important when applying industrial grease. Too much grease volume can cause problems like high operating temperatures, seal ruptures and collapsed shields of bearings. This can also increase energy consumption and mechanical failures. Too little lubricant and bearing components wear out very quickly and eventually lead to failure.

Industrial GreasesThe grease guns are the unsung heroes of industrial grease application. These tools make it possible to apply precise amount of grease and deliver the lubricant to hard-to-reach lubrication points. Using a grease  gun is very straightforward. However, one must still pay attention to safety guidelines when using a grease gun to avoid injuries.

There are 4 main types of grease guns: manual, battery-operated, electric, and air-powered.  Manual grease guns are the most commonly used type of grease guns. These are affordable and are easy to maintain. Manual grease guns include pistol-grip models that are easy to hold. These grease guns can produce pressures up to around 10,000 kPa.

Also known as pneumatic grease guns, the air-powered grease guns rely on compressed air to force out the grease and into the lube point. The electric grease guns are used as an alternative to pneumatic variants and creates a consistent flow of grease. A corded electric grease gun is not ideal for applications that requires moving from one are to another.

The battery-operated grease guns perform similarly to an electric grease gun but are more handy. These can speed up lubrication applications and help minimize fatigue to lube technicians.

Onsite Lubricant Testing

One interesting discussion about lubrication is the importance of onsite lubricant testing. Some say that the cost for setting up an onsite testing laboratory is too costly and impractical. There are others who argue that the benefits of the onsite testing of lubricant far outweighs the high cost.

An onsite lubricant testing laboratory provides quick turn around on samples. This allows for early detection of problems. A problem can be remedied the same day as the testing. This minimizes down time and helps prevent damage to equipment components. More serious problem or damage can occur if the equipment was allowed to operate while waiting for the results of an external laboratory.

An onsite laboratory is also a very advantageous for correcting problems. It allows for an instant verification of the status of the equipment after a repair or routine maintenance. A good example of the benefit of an onsite laboratory during replacement of filter. It is possible to track the performance of the new filter just a few hours after it was installed.

The benefits of onsite testing makes it very compelling for an operation to have its own laboratory. Still, there are many things to consider before pulling the trigger on such decision. Aside from needing the proper testing equipment, trained personnel are also required. The price of the equipment and manpower can be too expensive for non-large scale operations.

Lubrication experts offer an alternative. Instead of having an onsite laboratory, simple testing kits are used. These kits are not capable of providing detailed data on lubricant quality. They can, however, serve as early warning tools that helps prevent detect and prevent serious problems.

Lubricant for Cleaning

A lubricant has many functions aside from lubrication. Industrial lubricants are formulated to attain certain properties that makes them suitable for certain applications. Some are designed to handle intense heat while others are formulated to not coagulate when exposed to very low temperatures. Other lubricants offer high resistance to corrosion while others are designed for handling high loads.

Elrengörning-5A lubricant can also be used for cleaning items around the house or workplace. The typical all purpose lubricating oil have the properties that make them sufficient for cleaning chores.  Lubricants work especially well for cleaning and protecting metal items.

Moisture is one of the greatest enemy of metals. It causes rusting or corrosion which damages metal the surfaces of components. If left unattended, the corrosion can get into so deep that the structural integrity of the metal object is compromised.

Regular wiping or brushing of oil on metal items helps protect against moisture and removes unsightly rust. The oil layer creates a barrier against air and moisture thereby preventing the metal surface from reacting with it. In the case of rusting, the oil sips into the deepest layer and helps loosen the rust buildup, making it easier to remove.

Some people mistakenly believe that protective coating processes are able to provide enough protection to metal. There are indeed coatings that are designed to protect metals from corrosion. Black oxide coating and chrome plating are two of the most commonly used methods for protecting metals. However, even these methods are not able to provide complete protection against damages caused by moisture.  If you look at chrome surfaces, you will see minor signs of corrosion. This is mainly because chrome plating is often applied thinly as thicker plating is more prone to chipping.

As mentioned, the only way to protect and preserve metal item is regularly cleaning and applying protective coating. A lubricant can do this two tasks.