An ALS (Automatic Lubrication System) delivers controlled amounts of lubricant or grease to necessary areas over certain time intervals. This keeps heavy machinery operational, can save on repair downtime and helps protect parts against future failure.
With an ALS, the lubricant is able to be applied right where it’s needed and also when, while the machine is running. It’s better than manually applying it, as you would have to reach hard to reach places, and stop the machine, cutting out much needed time for the successful running of the heavy machine.
Got a fleet of trucks or heavy machinery that you know needs a little help?
In this post, we briefly discuss how an ALS keeps your heavy machinery in working order. But first, let’s review what exactly an ALS does.
Here are some of the benefits:
- Everything gets lubricated. Regardless of location or ease of access
- Lubrication can occur while the machinery is in operation causing the lubricant to be equally distributed within the bearing and increasing the machine’s availability.
- Wear on the components is less which means extended component life. This also means fewer breakdowns, reduced downtime, reduced replacement costs and reduced maintenance costs
- Measured lubrication amounts mean no wasted lubricant
- Safety – there is no climbing around machinery or access inaccessible areas (gases, exhaust, confined spaces, etc.)
There are a few components to an ALS. Usually includes controllers/timer, pump w/ reservoir, supply line, metering valve and feed lines. These are 5 parts that help keep your heavy machinery working.
As you can see, an ALS saves you a lot of time-off for maintenance and associated costs. For those running without an ALS, it can be timely and unsafe to do manual operations.