Halting of operation due to equipment failure can be costly. Not only will it affect productivity but the reliability of the business is also put in question. One of the most common causes of failures is incorrect lubrication. Application of industrial grease is more tricky compared to lubricating oil. Many oil-lubricated machines have a lubricant reservoir wherein one only has to pour the measured amount of oil into it the application is finished. With grease-lubricated machines, you have to physically apply the grease on the lubrication point. This can cause all sorts of greasing problems. Here are 4 common greasing problems that one must be aware of and avoid.
Under greasing. This problem refers to inadequate amount of grease applied to the lubrication points. The lack of grease results to surface-to-surface contact of the machine components which results to increased friction, wearing out and damaging the components.
Over greasing. In order to avoid the problems caused by applying too little grease, some become a bit too generous with greasing. Too much grease can result to increased temperature due to surface-lubricant friction. This can also cause the base oil to separate and flow out from the thickener. The excess grease can reach other components that must not be lubricated at all and result to other problems.
No grease. Bearing and other moving components cannot function very long without grease. The full-on surface-to-surface can cause severe degradation and mechanical wear of the components.
Incorrect grease. Greases are formulated with different properties and protection offered. Using an incorrect grease can hinder the movement of components and might not provide the protection that is required.