An ALS helps reduce or eliminate climbing over and under machinery or into difficult-to-reach areas, and in today’s workplace, personnel safety is always a key consideration.
An ALS applies lubricant while the machine is operating so you don’t have to stop what you’re doing or set aside time to lubricate – in other words, less downtime. Also, because the bearing is turning when it receives the lubricant, you get much better grease or oil coverage on the bearings.
Applying grease or oil is often most effective when it is dispensed into small, measured amounts over short, frequent time intervals. Unfortunately, tight deadlines and manpower constraints or in some cases the location of the machine often make the method of lubrication impossible. Machinery gets lubed when it’s available and when we have time and somebody available to do it. Clearly, this approach is not optimal for the point requiring lubrication. An ALS makes this problem go away.
How much grease or oil is too much? If you’re old school, you keep pumping it in until you see it oozing out of the bearing. This is called “over lubrication”. As previously stated, frequent and small, measured amounts will give your bearings the best protection. In addition to no over/under lubrication, this also means that you get less spillage and leakage. The end results are less grease or oil wastage and less mess on your equipment and floor. Appearance aside, safety (danger of slipping) and environmental issues are even more important.
Less Downtime, ReducedMaintenance Costs, & Reduced Bearing Replacement
Time and manpower constraints often make it nearly impossible to keep up with the lubrication requirements of machinery. The “preventing maintenance” provided by an ALS is absolutely key to reducing maintenance costs and minimizing downtime by extending the life of the many pivots, bearings, bushings and other components on the machine. There are also fewer replacement parts to stock.
Increased Overall Productivity
Resulting from an increase in machine availability and reduction in downtime due to breakdowns or general maintenance.
Longer Machine Life
Because bearing areas are consistently protected and your machinery in general is better maintained.
Helps The Environment
For the environment, less premature wear of bearings and other components mean less landfill. Also, since you’re not over lubricating (see Better Housekeeping above), you’re depleting fewer resources from the environment.