Greasing solutions

The rights and wrongs of greasing

From selection of system to application

When it comes to greasing, there are many ways to get it right and many ways to get it wrong. Greasing is not as simple task as many might think. It requires some skill and dedication and with right practices will yeld the biggest return on equipment availability. Greasing is more of an exact science than not, stemming from weighing a shot of grease from your grease gun to calculating regrease volumes and frequencies.

Greasing is one of the more simple lubrication tasks in execution, but it can be just as difficult as taking a proper oil sample without proper training, experience and tools. Having an increased knowledge of the factors that are needed to employ proper greasing, it is easy to see why this fundamentally easy task can lead to ill-advised decisions and inaccurate results.

We will explore the subject of greasing from the selection process to the application process and try to expand your perception of the dedication and precision required to get the most from each stroke of the grease gun.

Selection of grease

Precision greasing starts with the selection of the proper grease for the application. Grease selection utilises the same concepts as oil selection, but with a few more variables to consider.

When selecting the proper grease, many times the “best” product wins out simply because it is the most expensive and says it is a “do all” grease. This approach can be very costly, not just in the purchasing expenses but the possibility of equipment failures. Just because a particular grease says it is the best product on the market doesn’t mean it is the best product for your application. Please consider our expertise in greasing and lubrication to help you to chose right product for your application.

Re-lubrication Volume

Once you select the proper grease, it is time to determine the proper re-lubrication volume. There are many methods used to derive the re-lubrication volume. These can range from a general calculation to using ultrasonic technology. Please contact us for more details.

Re-ubrication Frequency

As with determining the relubrication volume, there are many methods for determining the appropriate relubrication interval. This is a variable that depends on a host of outside factors, including contamination, operating time, temperature, etc.

Relube Application Method

There are two typical methods for applying grease: manual grease gun and central grease system or single-point lubricator (SPL). Each of these methods has benefits and drawbacks.

Ref: Stephen Sumerlin