Centralized Lubrication System

centralized lubrication systemAvoid costly repairs and time-consuming maintenance projects by investing in a centralized lubrication system for your facility.

Whether you’re greasing axles on a construction vehicle or oiling an entire line of presses and other production equipment, explore the common components, features and benefits of an automatic lubrication system.

Basic Components of a Centralized Lubrication System

The exact layout of a centralized lubrication system depends on the type of system you choose. Whether you have a single-line progressive or a dual-line parallel setup can affect the components and their layout, but most systems include the following basic components:

  • Pump
  • Controller
  • Supply line
  • Air inlets
  • Injectors
  • Feed lines
  • Pressure switch

These components vary in their design, but they are all used in the same, basic way. Explore how a system works to see how it can cut down on the time, stress and potential error of this maintenance task.

How It Works

The controller of your centralized lubrication system determines the frequency and duration of lubricant injection. Once activated, it sends a signal to the pump, which draws oil, grease or other lubricant from a barrel or reservoir.

The pump, pressure switch and air inlet work together to send lubricant to each of the injectors. Once the system is pressurized, the injectors activate and dispense a precise amount of lubricant to each moving part or cutting service of your equipment.

After the dispensing is complete, your centralized grease lubrication system turns off and releases pressure. There are many failsafes and other features to ensure it stays properly pressurized and delivers the correct amount of oil to the parts that need it most.

Common Types of Lubrication Systems

centralized grease lubrication systemChoose a centralized lubrication system from these common types for your commercial or industrial application. Whether you have a single vehicle or a complete line of machines, compare each of these types to find the lubrication system designed for your needs:

  • Minimum quantity lubrication
  • Oil recirculation lubrication
  • Total loss lubrication
  • Air/oil lubrication
  • Centralized grease lubrication system

Minimum quantity lubrication is one of the latest in efficient designs. These systems use precision injectors to deliver the exact amount of lubricant needed for the project. They are often used on CNC machines to keep your equipment cutting at peak efficiency.

Oil recirculation systems are for equipment that can be completely submerged in oil. Similar to an automotive transmission, this system continues to circulate the same oil until it needs to be emptied and replaced.

A total loss system is less efficient than other systems, but it allows your equipment to continue to operate safely. This process uses up the oil as it operates, so you’ll use more lubricant than in other, similar systems.

Air/oil lubrication to a minimum quantity system. A small amount of oil is injected with pressurized air to deliver a micro-spray to gears, chains and spindles.

Grease has a completely different viscosity than oil, so you need a specialized system installed for automatic greasing. Paper mills and other equipment require grease to keep things moving forward efficiently.

Compare each system for yourself and determine the best option for your facility. Some systems use a dual-line parallel setup to deliver oil to multiple machines at once, while others only include a single injector for efficient delivery to a single lubrication point.

Advantages of DropsA USA Lubrication Products

Choose the latest centralized lubrication system from a premier manufacturer. DropsA USA is part of a global team committed to delivering uncompromising results to our industrial partners. Enjoy a reliable system selection, design and installation from our ISO 9001 certified team.

Central lubrication systems are key to reducing the cost of routine maintenance. Our qualified installation team allows you to take advantage of full-service convenience to reduce the cost and headache of installing a new system to manage this maintenance task.

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