Below is an article by Lube-Spec published in the Quarry Management magazine.
A recently refurbished locomotive (pictured below). Operated by Aggregate Industries, is reaping the benefits of a custom Centralised Lubrication System, as part of the company’s preventative maintenance programme and improve health and safety.
Leicester-based Lube-Spec Ltd, specialists in Lubrication Systems, were contacted about specifying a solution and recommended the Beka-Max EP1 progressive system.
There are 48 lubrication points on the locomotive and due to the location of some points, this posed a safety issue for the engineer who would have to climb, crawl and carry equipment in confined spaces for manual greasing. Manual lubrication also incurs cost and downtime and is often not reliable.
Company Director Michael Cherry said:
“Even with high-pressure pumping, it is difficult to get grease into a close-fitting bearing, as some surface areas will be in contact with each other under the weight of the machine. This often leads to a lack of effective protective lubricant between the bearings working surface area, which increases the risk of accelerated bearing wear.”
The Beka-Max EP1 Lubrication System feeds all the lubrication points on the loco and uses a special link arrangement connecting the wheel-rod bearings. This reduces the maintenance cost of replacing bearings through extended bearing life, minimises downtime by eliminating manual lubrication and, most importantly, improves the safety of operations on the engine.
As a result, Aggregate Industries are now able to transport materials by rail more efficiently, thanks to increased running time of their locomotive.
Some examples of equipment utilising a Custom Centralised Lubrication System.
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