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:
Whether your equipment utilizes oil or grease, there are some best practices and things to consider when preparing for the winter months ahead. At really low temperatures oil can congeal and stop flowing. When this happens, preventable wear and tear is occurring in your equipment. The same is true for greaseable lubrication points, as well. As it gets colder, viscosity increases and it’s harder for your lubricant of choice to get where it’s needed.