INDUSTRY uses many different bearing configurations. Some of them are sealed and initially lubricated; others require regular maintenance lubrication.
The consequences of a bearing failure can vary from application to application.
For some bearings, a failure can be a disaster resulting in costly repairs and lengthy downtime of production.
In the worst case, a bearing break down can release large mass forces, resulting in devastating damages and even loss of lives.
Even though most automatic greasing systems have some kind of security function, none of the manufacturers of these systems confirm that the lubricant gets into the lubrication point of their products.
Assalub has now released a new monitoring system - the LubeMon. Available from Florite Australia Pty Ltd , the system comprises one or several accurate grease meters, which are installed directly on the grease points.
The meter/meters are connected directly to a control unit that continuously monitors the system. The control unit can monitor up to ten greasing points.
In larger systems, the grease meters are connected via a data bus to a computer offering advanced statistical and logging functions.
The meters can also be monitored by the PLC of the lubricated equipment.
The meter is available in two versions - aluminium or acid proof steel.