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POOR LUBRICATION: What ‘data’ are Lubrication Technicians using to grease?

Stories are great. Humans thrive on stories. Being able to hear and then re-tell stories is what sets humanity apart from other living creatures.

Weird side note: some humans can hear and re-tell the stories of non-living things like; machines!

For example, the below data (sent to us by a customer) would look confusing to most people on the planet. But, in that data lies a story waiting to be told…

This data tells the trained eye that ‘raised acceleration and noise floor in higher frequency spectrum’* was beginning to be a significant problem for this motor DE (drive end) bearing.

But, the conclusion of the story is that… the high frequency acceleration just magically disappeared…

Or is there another story to tell?

Recently, this customer took delivery of 4 x SDT LUBECheckers from GVS.

So, when given the work; grease the bearing, with the aid of the LUBECheckers the lubrication technician was able to leave the asset in an ‘optimal lubricated state’.

This data tells us that; through investment in technology, a machine bearing was clearly saved from further damage

This story is a success story. And this success story comes from 1 x bearing on 1 x electric motor…

This customer works in one of the largest mines in Australia. So, now armed with SDT Ultrasound, they can multiply that success story by how many bearings they have across the facility.

Good news stories make you feel warm and fuzzy… 🙂

Get in touch with GVS to learn how easy it is to use and deploy LUBExpert and LUBEChecker at your facility so you can tell a lot more success stories.

*vibration analysis talk

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LUBExpert Case Study: 70% of bearings are still OVER lubricated

Bearings need grease, however… 

It’s a common misconception that if a little grease is good then a lot means better. WRONG!

Too much grease will overheat a bearing causing separation of the oil from its thickener and will begin to run out of the bearing. This can set off a chain reaction resulting in lack of lubrication & hardening of the thickener which left unchecked will cause major issues.

Many studies have shown that only 33% of the open space within a bearing needs to be filled to achieve optimum friction reduction. 

33%? How do you that?

ALS Global (Australia’s largest condition monitoring service provider) conducted an independent study over an 18 month period using the LUBExpert. The device was used across a large volume of grease lubricated bearings which were historically replenished using fixed calculated / time based rates.

Find out why ALS now choose the LUBExpert as their preferred method of lubrication. Download the full case study below.

 

How are you lubricating your bearings?

 

Save Time. Save Grease. Save Bearings. Use LUBExpert and ‘Grease Bearings Right’.