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Efficient lubrication reduces costs and increases efficiency

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SKF offers a range of lubrication systems

30th March 2023

     

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The use of inaccurate lubrication, such as over- or under-application, and sub-quality lubrication systems can severely impact equipment reliability and lifecycle, which can lead to cost implications related to equipment failure and associated downtime and production stoppages to allow for repairs, notes SKF Morocco sales manager Amine Benna.

“Insufficient or under-lubrication results in component wear and tear, premature bearing failure, reduced equipment lifespan and increased downtime and maintenance costs. Furthermore, lubricants form a significant portion of operational costs so excessive or over-lubrication is simply put, an unnecessary waste of money, and makes a strong argument for optimised lubricant usage.” Benna adds that contaminants such as dirt and dust entering the lubrication system also cause wear and damage to equipment, shortening lifespans.

SKF says that its smart lubrication systems feature cutting-edge technology, remote monitoring and real-time data capture capabilities. Sensors and pumps provide real-time data and optimise lubrication processes for efficient industrial lubrication management. The company asserts that the progressive and intelligent automated and computerised systems dispense the correct lubricant, in the accurate amount, to the specific point, and at the precise time. The resultant decreased friction and wear optimise equipment and machinery lifespan. “The system’s capability to help identify potential issues before they become more serious delivers tremendous value and significant cost and time savings by reducing the need for unscheduled downtime,” adds Benna.

The lubrication system also offers safety and environmental benefits. The automated system eliminates the need for manual lubrication, creating a safer work environment and minimising the risk of human error. The optimal use of lubricants also reduces wastage, making the system environment friendly.

The lubrication system can be accessed remotely, enabling monitoring and control from a central location. Sensors monitor lubricant levels, temperature and other key parameters in real-time, providing information about equipment performance. The data is collected and stored by the system to allow for detailed analysis of lubricant usage and equipment performance over time.

SKF smart lubrication systems are used at a range of plant sites that operate materials handling equipment that is critical to sustainable operations. Industries include mining, cement, construction, agriculture and forestry, food and beverage, railroad, steel, pulp and paper, and wind energy.

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