Lubrication manifolds, or pneumatic manifold blocks, come in a variety of sizes to adapt to all space dimensions. They are composed of separate valve blocks that deliver specific amounts of lubrication to multiple points. They are also designed to utilize tubing so that more inaccessible areas can receive adequate lubrication.
If you have a centralized lubrication system in your facility, you’ll need a pneumatic manifold, as it’s an essential component. However, there are many types of lubrication manifolds. In this article, we’ll outline what they are and how to select the right one for your system.
Types of Lubrication Manifolds
Manifolds can have a variety of port sizes, pressure ratings, flow rates, station numbers, and functions. They may also be brand specific, which limits the use of valves to brand-specific valves. Other types of manifolds comply with standardized mounting patterns so that they can be combined with valves not manufactured by certain brands.
Here are some of the most common types of manifolds:
- Junctions Have Two Fixing Holes
- Designed for 4 Millimeter (5/32-Inch) tubing only
- Seating 54 Degrees
- Uses Junction Meter Units Type D21 and DDJ
- Holes are Interconnected
- Threads: 5/16-Inch to 24 NF (National Fine)
- Available as a Single Row or Double Row
- 33V With M10 Valves Is Compatible With an M10 Manifold
- ⅛ BSP (British Standard Pipe)
Type W Manifolds (for 33V)
- Designed for Valves 0.03 to 0.16 Cubic Centimeters Per Stroke
- Backward Compatibility for an Existing System
- ⅛ BSP (British Standard Pipe)
One & Bilateral Light Alloy Manifolds
- Enforced With Extruded Anticorodal 63 Alloy
- Corrosion Resistance
- Exceptional Electrical Conductivity
- One to Eight Outlets (Single Row)
- Double Row Options Come in Two, Four, & Six Ways
- Mounts Bielomatik dispensing valves (all types)
- Surface Zinc Plated or Steel
- 100 bar (1,450 PSI) Operating Pressure
- M10x1 Thread Type
- Suitable for Single-Line Lubrication Systems
- Can Be Combined With Air/Oil Nozzles
Type SM Manifolds
- 33V Valves Systems
- Different Outlets: One to Nine
- M10x1 or G ⅛-Inch Thread Type
- Made From Aluminum
Industries That Rely on Lubrication Systems
As previously mentioned, lubrication manifolds are just one component of a lubrication system. You can find these types of systems in applications involving food processing, pharmaceutical/medical production facilities, automobile/auto component manufacturing, and military equipment design and assembly. In fact, all plants that use machines/equipment that require a consistent circulation of lubrication should invest in one.
These systems take away some of the dangers that can happen during manual lubrication. They also prevent premature machine failure due to human error (using too much lubrication, too little, or lubrication when it’s not needed).
Selecting the Right Type of Lubrication Manifold
When selecting a pneumatic manifold block, you need to consider the application of your entire lubrication system, as well as the type of system that you have. Some elements you’ll want to consider are:
- Material: This can help prevent corrosion and other damage to your equipment
- The Size of Your Ports: Consider the thread size and speed installation.
- Number of Stations: You will also need to consider how many lines that you need to connect to your distribution point.
- Operating Pressure: Make sure that the operating pressure of your selected manifold can withstand the operating pressures of your total system.
Find the Right Lubrication Manifold for Your Application Today
A global leader in centralized lubrication systems, DropsA has earned a stellar reputation for quality and innovation. When you turn to us for custom lubrication systems and components, like lubrication manifolds, you can expect rapid response times, fast shipping, and exceptional customer support.
To learn more about our solutions, please visit our catalog. If you have questions or need help selecting the right pneumatic manifold for your system, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.