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Lubricating conveyors and drives – Best Practices

Chain lubrication – Best Practices for Drives and Conveyors

Chain lubrication streamlines your operation. If you don’t have an automated system, your employees may need to manually lubricate the chain. As a result, employees are exposed to safety risks and downtime.

Each chain joint is lubricated with a chain lubrication system. Thus, they extend the life of the chain, reduce maintenance issues, and simplify the lubrication process.

A chain lubrication system is used to deliver optimal amounts of lubricant to each chain joint. It extends the lifetime of the chain, reduces maintenance issues and streamlines the chain lubrication process. It is a critical preventative maintenance component for your chain, drive or conveyor.

Chain Lubrication Systems: Commin Types and Designs

Oil or another lubricant can be applied in a lot of ways. Chain lubrication systems are better than manual lubrication. Some auto lube systems work at high speeds and at high temperatures, while others lubricate slow-moving belts. Chain or conveyor size can also affect the optimal lubrication system.

Check out these lubrication systems for chain-powered devices:

  • Drip
  • Oil stream
  • Slinger disk
  • Oil bath
  • Manual

Drip- A single applicator or a wick-packed distribution pipe offers one or more lubrication points for your chain system.

Oil stream- The oil is pumped under pressure to nozzles that deliver a stream or spray onto the lower span of the chain from the inside of the loop. The excess oil is collected in the bottom of the sump and returned to the pump via a reservoir.

Slinger Disk- Instead of a pressurized system, a slinger disk uses the mechanical force of the moving sprocket and chain to propel oil around the chain.

Oil Bath- A standing bath of oil at the bottom of the chain path creates a convenient opportunity for lubrication.

Manual- While a chain lubrication system can be used for these applications, a manual application can also achieve similar results.

Chain Lubricants Applications

A conveyor lubrication system can improve the maintenance and operational life of a number of chain-driven systems. The amount of lubrication can vary, but the system offers customizable application levels to tailor to your industry. The most common applications are luggage conveyors, painting ovens, food and beverage ovens and floor conveyors.

Relubrication – Things to keep in mind

If the chain is dirty, wipe it clean with kerosene or a nonflammable solvent before relubricating. For drip lubrication, ensure that the flow rate is as specified and that oil is properly directed onto the chain. Check the oil level in the reservoir at least daily and refill as necessary.

For oil stream lubrication, check the oil level in the reservoir at least daily and add oil as necessary. Ensure that all orifices and nozzles are clear and that oil is properly directed onto the chain. Manual and drip lubrication of chain drives apply to chain conveyors.

Armor Lubricant for Chains and Conveyors :-

Chain lubrication systems use a variety of lubricants. Consider the viscosity of your lubrication system and chain. Lubricants should be stored between -20°F and 150°F. In non-sealed environments, a filter or another cleaning strategy is needed.

Most common grades for a lubrication system: SAE 10, SAE 20, SAE 30, SAE 40, and SAE 50.

You can reduce costs and add value to your processes by using armor lubricants.

Armor Lubricant for chain conveyor are designed to provide effective lubrication at high temperatures with low evaporation and prevent residue build-up. They also increase the life of the chain.

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