LUBExpert: An ultrasound solution to Grease Bearings Right
Why Lubricate? The real reason to lubricate assets is to form a separation between surfaces.
The primary purpose to lubricate physical assets is to keep moving surfaces from coming into contact with each other. Because when they do, failure modes are initiated, and lifecycle is shortened.
Until now industry was comfortable to satisfy their asset's lubrication needs based on a calendar and a calculator without asking themselves what happens when you:
- Add too much grease, and bearings enter a churning phase è that produces high friction.
- Add too little grease, and there's no separation of components è that also produces high friction.
The common denominator in these scenarios is FRICTION but when you add just the right amount of grease, the bearings enter the bleeding phase where friction levels are low è the best technology to monitor, measure, and trend friction is ultrasound.
Lube technicians need the right tools, and they need to be trained on how those tools interact with their organization's goal to achieve precision lubrication.
When a trained lube tech measures the effect every shot of grease has on the friction levels in a bearing, he knows when to start, when to stop, and exactly what quantity of grease is required to restore optimum friction.
When a trained lube tech achieves lubrication excellence, he becomes a LUBExpert.
SDT provides ultrasound solutions that help our customers gain a better understanding about the health of their factory. We help them predict failures, control energy costs, and improve product quality while contributing to the overall reliability of their assets.
LUBExpert is a keystone element of our products and solutions portfolio.
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