An Automated Lubrication System also referred to as a Centralized Lubrication System delivers a controlled amount of lubricant (either grease or oil) to multiple, specific locations on a machine while the machine is operating at specific times from a central location.
A typical automated system (grease or oil) includes a pump, controller/timer, lubricant supply line, metering devices and lubricant feed lines. Many of Lincoln’s pumps integrate the reservoir, controller and fault monitor capability in one unit for design simplicity and installation cost reduction.
During a lubrication cycle, the pump delivers lubricant through a supply line to the metering devices (typically injectors or divider valves).
A small preset amount of lubricant is dispensed from a “positive displacement” metering device to each bearing through feed lines. A lubrication cycle can be initiated by a PLC, machine function or by an integrated timer.
Depending on the type of Lincoln system, it is possible to monitor for proper system operation, blocked line detection and low-reservoir level. Alarm signals can be connected to a PLC, light or horn for remote notification. Injector systems (Centro-Matic) have adjustable output for each point.
Automated Lubrication System Components
Benefits to Expect from a Lincoln Automated Lubrication System
Lower Maintenance Cost
Bearing, gear and chain life are increased by applying small measured amounts of lubricant frequently while the machine is operation.
Labour for manual lubrication is eliminated.
Labour for repair is reduced due to fewer bearing failures.
Eliminates lost production due to machine shut down for lubrication as well as due to fewer failures.
Prevents accidents that occur during manual lubrication.
Lower Energy Cost
Improved lubrication for bearings, gears and chains translates to lower friction and lower energy cost.
Waste, product contamination and housekeeping issues are dramatically reduced.