If a bearing has too little lubrication, it’s a problem. As you likely already know, too little lubrication and friction will build up, likely causing the bearing to work much harder than it should or fail prematurely altogether.
However, you should also know that too much lubrication is also a problem. That’s because too much of it will cause the bearing to churn the grease, a factor that can result in elevated wear and tear on these important bearings components.
Noting this, it’s why we at UE Systems always stress the importance of lubrication efficiency. That is, not too much lubrication and not too little lubrication — we’re talking about the perfect balance or sweet spot. And while this may seem like a simple balance to achieve, it’s not nearly as easy as you might initially think. Ultrasound tools can help achieve this perfect balance and also help you take your facility’s preventative maintenance practices to an entire new level, as evidenced in our latest infographic that depicts three different ways — ranging from good to better to best — to incorporate such into your operations.
The Good, the Better and the Best
There’s the “good” way to achieve lubrication efficiency, which basically consists of the conventional methods of following manufacturer’s recommendations, making calculations yourself and then setting your own lubrication frequency schedule as you see fit.
A step up from “good” is “better,” which involves the use of a grease caddy to help determine when adequate levels of lubrication have been added and working in ultrasound instruments to help validate application efficiency.
Finally, the infographic will also cover the “best” method of preventative maintenance using ultrasound tools, which consists of incorporating such instruments to get bearing lubrication just right. When used correctly, ultrasound equipment can create routes, establish baselines and sound alarms when certain milestones have been reached during lubrication. These instruments can also help collect data and assess factors such as decibel data over time to determine proper lubrication frequency. And finally, ultrasound instruments can also assist with applying lubricant in the required amounts so that bearings work better and equipment is more productive for longer.
Regardless of the level your lubrication program is currently in, one thing is certain — ultrasound instruments can help take it to the next level. These tools are easy to use, easy to understand and can make your overall facility maintenance plan more effective and efficient. UE Systems is here to help you do it.
Whether your program is in the “good,” “better” or “best” stage, we have solutions that you can begin to incorporate today to take your preventative maintenance programs to new heights tomorrow. Check out our latest infographic for more information on why it’s essential to reach lubrication efficiency and take the time to invest in ultrasound-assisted lubrication solutions.