Common Types & Components of Automatic Lubrication Systems

Regardless of size, fleet managers will tell you that efficiency is their top priority when it comes to utilization. Service intervals and operational costs are necessary considerations; but, in a competitive market, stretching your dollars in order to lower overall operational expenses is imperative.

Thus begins a delicate balancing act: how do you acquire the best bang for your buck while ensuring that your fleet is well maintained so as to avoid unexpected, not to mention costly, breakdowns?

The answer? Automated lubrication.

Types of Automatic Lubrication Systems

Though they are available in multiple versions, the 4 most common types of automated lubrication systems (sometimes known as a centralized lubrication system) are:

  1. Single line parallel
  2. Twin (or dual) line parallel
  3. Single line progressive
  4. Multi-port direct lubricators

Main Components of Automated Lubrication Systems

Although brand names and manufacturers vary, there are five main components shared by all automatic lubrication systems, including:

  1. Timer/Control Center: The component is responsible for activating the ALS at the specified intervals.
  2. Pump & Reservoir:This component stores the lubricant supply, as well as provides the ALS with lubricant as necessary.
  3. Supply Line: The line that connects the pump to the meter valves/injectors.
  4. Meter Valves/Injectors:Measures and dispenses the lubricant to specific application points.
  5. Feed lines:Lubricant is pumped through this line and connects with the meter valves or injectors with the point(s) of application.

While each component may seem relatively simple individually, working together, they are often responsible for save a fleet manager endless time and dollars that are now free to be spent on the cost of everyday operations.  For more information on how an automated lubrication system can change your business, contact us today.

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registered user
03/05/2014 7:45am
What are the benefits of one type of lubrication system, such as the single or dual line parallel vs another such as the progressive?

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