2019 Trends in Automatic Lubrication Systems (ALS)

Lube - ALS Global Trends 2019

Automatic Lubrication Systems (ALS) itself is the biggest trend in preventative maintenance in everything from truck fleets, the mining industry, the agricultural industry, the construction industry, even for government vehicles and machinery. In this post, we take a closer look at trends in ALS in 2019 and share some stats that may get you thinking about ALS again.

Market Drivers

There is an increasing need for reliable machines and effective maintenance. Preference for Automatic over Manual Lubrication remains a major driver for market growth. The global manufacturing industry is undergoing technological transformations and machines are replacing human resources in a variety of operational sectors in the industry. The similar trend has been contributing to the increasing demand for automatic lubrication systems, as the manual lubrication processes carried flaws and lacked efficiency. A majority of end-users are opting for automatic lubrication systems over their manual variants, especially when the lubrication points are hard to reach by hand. In addition, automatic lubrication systems are more cost-efficient compared to manual lubrication processes and consume less time, thereby offering improved productivity.

New Applications

According to the World Steel Association, global steel production has increased over the past decade which can be attributed to the increasing use of steel in a wide range of industrial sectors including automotive, packaging, and construction. This is expected to play an important role in the growth of the automatic lubrication system market.

End-user industries 

Growth in adoption of ALS can be seen in:

  • Steel
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation
  • Mining
  • Power
  • Cement
  • Construction
  • Paper & Printing
  • Agriculture
  • Maintenance

Opportunities

There are still some perceived disadvantages to an ALS which we can see as opportunities for businesses to improve. But this has nothing to do with the ALS itself but rather human intervention/error:

  • ALS doesn’t help if you use bad quality lubricants (low-quality lubricants can damage lubrication systems). 
  • Lubricants, such as oil and grease that are subjected to heat, and contaminants like water and dirt, the quality of the lubricant is greatly affected, reducing the efficacy of the lubricant. The automatic lubrication system should be constantly monitored to maintain efficient system operation.
  • An ALS will not give you the benefits if you set incorrect times for equipment lubrication. You should know when your equipment needs maintenance and when not. Over lubrication can cause issues too. So it really is a combination of once-off manual or sparing integral guidance and the continual use of an ALS.

 

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