The Global Automatic Lubrication System (ALS) has greatly improved and increased in the past decade – but as a business owner or fleet manager what does that mean? In this post, we talk about ALS in terms of global growth and its relation to business owners and fleet managers today.
According to research conducted by analysts at Technavio (2016) there will be increases in overall productivity across most industries that require the assistance of an ALS, this can be attributed to the increase in machine availability and optimum usage of lubricant. Recent technological developments in automatic lubrication systems can also be seen leading to the increase of the global ALS market.
But who can benefit from ALS? Markets include transportation/vehicles; maintenance machinery; industrial & manufacturing equipments; and, construction machinery. Categories based on end-users, are namely the cement industry, steel industry, mining and mineral processing industry, automobile industry and other industries.
The dominance of other industries such as locomotive, marine, aviation and more make up about 25% of all ALS applications. The mining & mineral industry accounts for more than 20%, due to the rising demand for mineral and increasing investments in China and Africa. The fastest growing market predicated, according to the lubrication systems market report by Transparency Market Research (2013), are the cement industry and steel industry. The automobile industry segment is also expected to grow owing to the increasing demand for passenger cars in developing countries.
In Australia, we are the front-runners of many of these industries, and if your business doesn’t have ALS installed across your machinery or vehicles this could definitely be a point of interest to consider. From single to multi-line systems, we have the experience and products for your application. Industries using lubrication systems have been shifting from manual lubrication systems to automated/centralised lubrication systems due to the great benefits, such as less time-consuming, reduced manpower costs, and proper lubrication.
Studies have shown that half of all bearing failures are caused by lubrication issues, whether the result of poor lubrication, the wrong type of lubricant or contamination of the lubricant by water, air, dirt or particles. The right lubrication solution can provide new opportunities to increase profitability by reducing costs to operate machinery, improving reliability and safety, extending service intervals and optimising manpower resources.
For machines that don’t have an ALS in place, engineers need to review logbooks for previous manual lubrication methods and understand each respective machine’s manufacturer specifications to see if ALS can be installed. Having an ALS in place is the perfect solution for preventative maintenance.
ALS also helps to reduce energy consumption, lubricant consumption, heat generation, bearing wear and tear, noise due to friction, product contamination and operating costs.
Only appropriate lubrication can guarantee the optimal operation of bearings and the related mechanical assembly. Bearing lubrication is often neglected due to the difficulty of accessing bearings and the operator’s lack of lubricant knowledge. Selecting the right lubricant, the right lubrication method, the precise quantity required for the bearing and the frequency of monitoring the lubrication are all critical points.
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