KC Supply sometimes receives queries about types of bearing and bearing lubrication. Rolling elements typically require proper lubrication to increase their performance efficiency and prolong their overall lifespan.
Benefits of Lubrication
Something worth noting is that lubrication of a bearing can be a messy process that isn’t always considered practical by some companies. Some people see it as an unnecessary secondary process. But proper lubrication for bearings is crucial, especially to your machinery.
Not lubricating properly can break a whole machine. Furthermore, lubrication defends against corrosion and contaminants and prevents heat from transferring.
Tips for Correct Lubrication
- Identify the correct lubricant
Depending on the ball bearing or roller you use for the machinery, you might use oil or grease. It becomes imperative to check the manufacturer’s instructions on the appropriate lubricant for specific machines, even down to specific parts.
- Know the benefits of each type
Oil is typically used for multiple bearing components and is often used for high-temperature equipment. It’s easier to change out and drain. On the other hand, grease remains in place and is more likely used on equipment that requires sealing. While high-temperature grease does exist, it can be expensive.
- Ensure that you clean the area first
Remove all existing oils, grease, and anti-corrosion coatings on the bearings that you will lubricate. It improves the adhesion of the new grease and oil. It also eliminates potential incompatibilities between different lubricants.
- Fill the lubricant cavity appropriately
Some machines have a specific fill quantity that allows all bearings and rollers in the area to receive proper lubrication. Keeping the right fill quantity means not over or underfilling the lubricant cavity. Over-lubricating can be just as dangerous as under-lubricating. Over-lubrication can increase internal friction. Under-lubrication means contact surfaces on the bearings and rollers aren’t lubricated enough.
For KC Supply, it’s essential to be aware of these different factors as improper lubrication, whether too much, too little, or the wrong type of lubricant entirely, can be detrimental to equipment lifespan. It may cause workplace hazards errors and will cost your business money in maintenance and repair.
Ensuring that your equipment runs smoothly is critical to continued efficiency in any production line. Learn more about crucial equipment maintenance tips by visiting KC Supply.