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May 20, 2021 // 1 minute read
Lubrication reduces friction and allows moving machine parts to slide smoothly past each other. Often, lubrication points are difficult to reach, over/under greased, or forgotten about entirely. Fact is, lubrication is used for 90% of all rolling and rotating parts.
Bearings and their housings should be filled from 30% – 60% of their total capacity. When determining what percentage the bearing should be filled, consider:
In industrial applications, oil lubrication is used if adjacent machine components are supplied with oil as well, or if generated heat must be dissipated by the lubricant. The heat dissipation is necessary if high rotating speeds and/or high loads are involved or if the bearing is exposed to high temperatures.
The evolution of tribology (the study of friction, wear, lubrication, and the design of bearings) has led to a remarkable increase of knowledge describing why bearing failures occur. The data from the graph below shows that improper lubrication is the most commonly cited cause of bearing failure and accounts for approximately 80% of breakdowns.
Considering the facts mentioned above, the most common cause of bearing failure is lubrication; whether it is poor lubricant selection, poor application, lubricant contamination or lubricant degradation. It should be understood that proper and accurate lubrication offers cost saving opportunities, by eliminating not only catastrophic, but also functional failures which impact production, and extends the life of many oil and grease components.
Engineered lubrication systems are an efficient way to reduce bearing failure and optimize machinery service life.
Automatic lubrication helps to protect bearings from contaminants. It improves the quality of lubrication being delivered and ensures the proper amount of lubricant is provided consistently at the appropriate intervals.
Designed to lubricate individual machines or complete plants, engineered lubrication systems provide proper, precise lubricant replenishment to all required points.
Article written by Casey May, Digital Marketing Manager
GreasePoint’s ‘GreaseAlert’ is an exclusive Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) remote lubrication monitoring system. It proactively communicates with equipment managers alerting them to potential problems and avoiding catastrophic failures.
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