Industrial lubricants are very important in reducing the wear and tear to various types of industrial equipment. Lubricants are essential in preventing the corrosion and rusting of important tools and machinery. To that end, lubrication equipment generally refers to the broad array of industrial equipment that is used help in the dispensing and application of lubricants to other types of industrial equipment. In most examples of modern machinery, different parts need to use different types of lubricants and lubrication equipment.
Most industrial lubricants used to be applied by hand, but now modern machinery needs to use exact processes which can be consistently and precisely controlled. Lubrication equipment includes mechanical devices that are designed to dispense and supply the various types of lubricants that are needed in consistent and exact processes.
Some examples of industrial equipment where lubricants are applied are bearings, engines, chains and gears. Lubricating equipment is classified into several types such as: automatic lubricators, controlled feed lubricators, airline lubricators, and electrically operated lubricators, etc. Lubricating equipment is very important because it regulates the quantity of the lubricant that is applied to the lubricated machine.
A basic type of lubrication equipment that is used for oiling something is a container that is mounted over a bearing. The oil is gravity fed at a specific rate of flow through an adjustable valve in the container. Some other commonly used types of lubrication equipment for liquid lubricants are wick-feed oilers, centralized oil systems, splash-oiling devices
A wick-feed oiler is a device that is located under moving parts of machinery that supplies oil by capillary action via pressure. A centralized oil system is made up of a reservoir, pump, and tubes in which oil is circulated. A splash-oiling device is used when moving parts of the machinery dip down into the oil and splash it on the bearings or into distribution channels to lubricate the machine.
There are some important parameters to consider while choosing types of lubrication equipment such as the capacity of the container in which the lubricant is stored, and the flow rate, etc. The operating pressure and the temperature needs of the lubricant must also be considered. This is mainly because, beyond a certain temperature range, some industrial lubricants are basically rendered ineffective.