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feature | lubrication strategies

Reliability
is everything
Gerald "Gerry" Bauer

President, EccoFab - Rockford, IL

 Sullair.com/GerrysStory

Replacing sprockets damaged by worn chains can be much more expensive
than regular and proper chain lubrication.

inexpensive, require setup and regulation time to prevent over-lubricating the chain. When chains are used in contained spaces,
such as in an engine or an enclosed-guard system, an oil-bath
lubrication design, with the lower portion of the chain running
directly through a flooded sump in the enclosure, is preferred.
The chain should only be submerged to its running pitch line for a
short section of the chain to avoid overheating and oil churning.
An alternative in a closed area is an automated oil-mist or
continual oil-spray system that applies lubricant to the chain in
droplet form. This will not only lubricate and continually clean the
chain, but also allow it to run cooler and energy-efficiently.
Large, slow-moving conveyor chains with forged links and chain
pitch as high as 7 in. are predominantly lubricated by fully automated dynamic chain lubricators. Those devices volley or shoot a
lubricant charge directly into the pin-link gaps and into the open
race rolling-element bearings that convey the chain through the
plant. Many of these lubricators are switched on when the drive
amperage reaches a determined level. Link counters then count
how many links it takes to go one or two chain-length revolutions
before switching the lubricator off until the cycle starts again.
The key point to remember is that a quality lubricant applied
correctly will significantly increase a chain's efficiency and life
cycle. Failure to properly maintain your site's chains will lead to the
cost and frustration of unplanned replacements and all the downtime that goes with them. EP

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Efficient Plant July 2018

Editorial
Implementations
Find Gold In Sustainable Manufacturing
Troubleshoot Control Systems Effectively
Automation Accelerates Beer Production
Lubed Chains Live Long Lives
SAP: Use These Tools For PM Compliance
Protect Your Site From Cyber Attacks
Build The Value Of Your CM Program
Choose The Correct Acclerometer
On The Floor
Intelligent Design Process Delivers For Substation
Solution Focus
Old Compressor Gets New Lease On Life
Products
Index
Showcase
Seeking Reliability
Efficient Plant July 2018 - Cover1
Efficient Plant July 2018 - Cover2
Efficient Plant July 2018 - 1
Efficient Plant July 2018 - 2
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Efficient Plant July 2018 - 5
Efficient Plant July 2018 - Editorial
Efficient Plant July 2018 - 7
Efficient Plant July 2018 - Implementations
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Efficient Plant July 2018 - Find Gold In Sustainable Manufacturing
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Efficient Plant July 2018 - Troubleshoot Control Systems Effectively
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Efficient Plant July 2018 - 21
Efficient Plant July 2018 - Automation Accelerates Beer Production
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Efficient Plant July 2018 - Lubed Chains Live Long Lives
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Efficient Plant July 2018 - 29
Efficient Plant July 2018 - SAP: Use These Tools For PM Compliance
Efficient Plant July 2018 - Protect Your Site From Cyber Attacks
Efficient Plant July 2018 - Build The Value Of Your CM Program
Efficient Plant July 2018 - Choose The Correct Acclerometer
Efficient Plant July 2018 - On The Floor
Efficient Plant July 2018 - 35
Efficient Plant July 2018 - Solution Focus
Efficient Plant July 2018 - 37
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Efficient Plant July 2018 - Old Compressor Gets New Lease On Life
Efficient Plant July 2018 - 41
Efficient Plant July 2018 - Products
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Efficient Plant July 2018 - Index
Efficient Plant July 2018 - Showcase
Efficient Plant July 2018 - Seeking Reliability
Efficient Plant July 2018 - Cover3
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