In past blogs, we’ve talked about the many benefits of installing automatic greasing systems or lubrication systems (ALS) which can be used a number of different working machines and vehicles, and in this post we talk more about the benefits of ALS in Trucks (making manual lubrication a thing of a past!)
Let’s look at the main benefits:
- Reduce PM (preventive maintenance) man hours
- Extend PM intervals
- Decrease component failures
- Reduce on-road failures
- Increase truck usage
- Extend truck life
- Reduce tire wear
- Improve fleet safety and reliability
- Increase your fleet size with your existing maintenance team
- Reduce the impact from the shortage of qualified mechanics
- Handle the increased maintenance requirements of new emission engines
- Free up the mechanic’s time for inspections and other repairs
- Increase the life of brake linkages
- Provide accurate lubrication/greasing without the need for continuous power
- Delivers precise grease/lube to where and when it’s needed, meaning less waste
The monthly grease job is a maintenance chore most mechanics and drivers would avoid if they could. It’s a messy, labor-intensive job requiring more physical dexterity than mechanical acumen.
Automatic lubrication systems offer a reliable and efficient alternative to this, along with a few other very tangible benefits. They’ll keep the truck greased when you don’t feel like doing it, or when your techs are tied up on more important jobs, and with many maintenance intervals now going out beyond recommended chassis-lube intervals, you’re not faced with pulling a truck into the shop prematurely just for a lube job.
Manual vs Automatic
Often modern trucking fleets incur the high and hidden costs associated with the traditional method of manual lubrication. Manual lubrication requires each truck to be stopped and shut-down for grease lubrication. There are even more costs to the regular task of manual lubrication, such as high costs of machinery downtime, the ineffective method of manual lubrication, and the risk of an accident.
Within the trucking industry, longevity and continuous proper functioning of an ALS is very important. ALS are cost-saving solutions. They can save on the amount of lubricant used, eliminate downtime caused by improper lubrication, and can increase fleet safety.
With the right system for your application, you can eliminate the inefficient hit-or-miss method of manual lubrication and the high costs of time-consuming lubrication routes and PMs.
Did you know that over 50% of all bearing failures are lubrication related? With automated lubrication solutions, frequent lubrication first purges pins and bushings and actually lubricates second. Once a pin and bushing can operate with reduced or eliminated contamination, its life is dramatically increased.
It is common on many trucks using ALS that bearings will never need to be replaced again. The optimal time to lubricate a bearing is while it is moving, which is an unsafe condition for the people applying the lubricant. Lubricant points are also often in very hard-to-reach locations, which can cause technicians or operators to put themselves in risky situations.
In general, automatic lubrication provides a safer method of supplying the required lubrication. Protect your trucks and your people by utilising automatic lubrication in your operation.
Trust the system
A manual lubrication plan can result in points being missed occasionally or forgotten entirely, until something breaks. With automatic lubrication you can trust that the right amount of lubricant is reaching critical pivots, bearings, and joints at the right frequency. Automatic lubrication systems also offer system monitoring options, alerting you to a problem with the lubrication supply.
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