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Lube Pump: Different Ways To Perform Pump Lubrication

Author: Adam McKenzie
by Adam McKenzie
Posted: Feb 19, 2016
A pump is designed to match with certain specifications so it can withstand what is passing through it and what is happening around it. But bearings that enable the pump to run are made to control loading conditions only. It is said that bearings are the most important part of the pump. If a bearing is not functioning, the pump will not run and product will not be pumped though it. This may lead to an unfavorable condition, which may further cause several problems, most of which are inconvenient and expensive.

If bearing is considered the heart of a pump, then lubricant can be considered as a life blood. Therefore, it is urgent for you to pay attention to the pump bearing lubrication. Pump bearings can be lubricated by hand, or using a centralized lubrication system, or by smaller multi-point lubricators. Most of us are known to the fact that nearly 50 percent of bearing failures are originated by improper lubrication (either under or over-lubrication). Thus, it is extremely important to choose the appropriate way lubrication is done.

Pump bearings can be quite problematic when it comes to proper lubrication. One of the key issues is that a conventional bearing lubrication system is not properly designed for optimum lubrication. For example, in oil lubricated bearing the oil level is generally viewed through a sight glass. The oil level reading must be analyzed when the pump is off and on level ground. It should be maintained at the center of the lowest roller to avoid overfilling which may become a reason for extreme heat generation.

As an alternate, automatic lubrication delivery systems can be a useful option to the issues related with manual lubrication. Automatic lubrication can vary from a lower-cost single-point lubricator to healthy centralized lubrication systems. In addition to this, centralized lubrication systems provide the capability to lubricate entire systems together with a permanent lubrication solution. Another biggest benefit is that one system can cater to an entire plant, provided the same lubricant can be used for all of the lube points.

Apart from that, there are still many different ways of lubrication. How will you find the right one? This will entirely depend on your needs. Remember to keep in mind all the factors when selecting the proper lubrication system to meet your specific operating conditions and maintenance intervals. However, spending some time reading out the helpful material can really bring you the optimum results in terms of production and best machinery practices.

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FD Johnson is the leading supplier of industrial lubrication pumps and systems. We offer Lubrication Systems Servicing and installation from 80 years. We provide Trabon, Graco, Farval, Perma and many others lubrication products at affordable prices.

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