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feature | lubrication strategies
system is the smart choice because, when set up
correctly, it can increase bearing life cycle by
three times that of a manually lubricated bearing, while reducing your machine's energy
profile.

WORKING ENVIRONMENT FACTORS

Bearing longevity depends
on the machine operator
and the maintenance crew
factoring in the working
environment.

Bearing longevity depends on the machine
operator and the maintenance crew factoring in the working environment and making necessary adjustments. Ironically, poor
working environments can be found even in
a food plant that is washed down regularly with
water and caustic soda at the end of each shift. The
plant may be clean, but strong water spray pointed
directly at a bearing can cause the grease to wash
out. In such cases, the bearings must be re-greased
immediately or a more permanent solution implemented, such as installing water shields or run-off
protective guards.
Similar solutions are required for processes that
use aggregate or sand (silica), such as in a sandcast-

Bannister on
Lubrication

Along with the
online version of this
article, visitors to
efficientplantmag.
com will find a link to
a podcast with Ken
Bannister in which
he further explores
how machine design
and the working
environment
affect lubrication
strategies.

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