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As many as 60 to 80 percent of all bearing failures (catastrophic, functional and premature) are lubrication-related: whether it’s poor lubricant selection, poor application, lubricant contamination or lubricant degradation. In addition to selecting the correct lubricant, use UE Systems’ ultrasound instruments to identify lubrication starvation and prevent over lubrication conditions.

Set a baseline for each bearing, test routinely to note decibel increases. When a bearing reaches an 8 dB gain over baseline with no change in sound quality, it is in need of lubrication. When applying lubricant, stop when the dB level drops. It’s that easy!

Recommended procedure:
Monitor bearings with a digital Ultraprobe, set low alarm levels at 8 dB in Ultratrend Data Management System. Review the data and create a Lubrication Report (one of the very useful Ultratrend features). Use an Ultraprobe Grease Caddy while lubricating to know when to stop adding lubricant.

This simple procedure is very effective in reducing bearing failure events.

Read our whitepaper: Ultrasound Assisted Lubrication

Recommended instruments: Ultraprobe 9000, Ultraprobe 10,000, Ultraprobe 15,000, Ultraprobe 201 Grease Caddy, Ultraprobe 401 Grease Caddy, 4Cast Remote Monitoring System.

Typical Sound Samples:  Bearings / Mechanical

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