Why Use ALS?

An Automatic Lubrication System (ALS) eliminates unplanned and unnecessary expenses. An ALS automatically lubricates multiple points on a machine from a centralized pump/control unit which is mounted in an easily accessible location. The system dispenses small, measured amounts of lubricant at frequent intervals, while your machine is operating, maintaining a uniform film of lubricant in the bushings/bearings at all times and a consistent lubricant seal to prevent dirt and contaminants from migrating into the bushings/bearings. Compare this to the feast and famine conditions often associated with manual lubrication where lubrication is done “when there’s time.”

In talking with people who don’t currently use ALS, we often hear statements like ‘Even if I use an Auto LubeSystem, I still have to do a regular machine inspection on the system’. This is absolutely correct unless you use our RFID lubers with patented lubrication monitoring software.  This software can add additional data such as bearing temperature, loose or damaged lines, cleanliness of the area, etc.

There are 8 reasons why you would want to use an Automatic Lubrication System:



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.


Efficient Lubrication

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.


Better Lubrication

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.


Better Housekeeping

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.