Getting ready for spring. Here’s your checklist to make sure that your automated lubrication system is ready for the coming season.
Spring cleaning and grease go together like zerks and fittings. Well, maybe not, but they should. The start of a new season is a good time for a thorough maintenance routine.
In colder climates, some machines might not have been moved since the fall. Before starting them up again, it’s important to take a closer look at the auto-lube systems to avoid any consequential failures to your equipment.
Conduct a visual inspection – Take a closer look at your auto-lube systems. Look for cracked or damaged lines, missing connections or lines that are not filled with grease. (By the way, give us a call at 1-888-862-7461 or click on the link here and send us an email for any parts you might need for repairs, including hoses and compression fittings. We have complete kits ready to go.)
Perform manual checks of all distributors – The best way to test the blocks is with a manual grease gun. If the machine has been sitting idle throughout the winter, you’ll want to ensure that the grease is flowing freely in your system to all of the lubrication points. The pressure from a manual grease gun helps ensure the system is functioning smoothly.
- Disconnect the hose that runs from the pump to the main distributor block.
- Attach a manual grease gun.
- Manually lubricate the whole block.
- Then do a visual inspection to look for fresh grease at all of the bearing points.
- This should be repeated at all distributor blocks.
Check grease types – If your business is in a cold climate, you might have switched to an arctic grease for the winter. To get ready for spring, we recommend switching to a compatible EP2 grease. Please make sure you’re using compatible greases. Failing to do this could cause your auto-lube system to not function properly.
Perform a pressure check – To ensure that the pump element is functioning properly, you should connect a glycerin filled gauge directly to the element. Need a gauge? We have kits ready to ship. Please contact your Beka-Max dealer or you can order one online from us.
Top up the reservoir – Once you have completed a visual inspection of the pump body and reservoir checking for any cracks or loose connections, top it up with the right grease and you’re ready for another productive season.
If you follow these steps, unscheduled downtime due to machinery lubrication will be eliminated. See you next month.