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Discover What Components Make Up A Typical Automatic Lubrication System

This blog comes to us from :

GRACO – Jack Koenig – Industrial Lubrication Field Application Engineer

Lubrication is critical in ensuring equipment keeps moving and your operating costs are reduced.  Without proper lubrication, your equipment can suffer from downtime and reduced life, which impacts your company’s bottom line. Automatic lubrication could be the answer.

Why Automatic Lubrication?

Automatic lubrication systems provide consistent lubrication on a more frequent basis. Too little or too much lubricant will result in friction and heat, creating a drag on the bearing and damaging the bearing’s seals. Furthermore, the best time to lubricate a bearing is while equipment is moving. This causes an unsafe and almost impossible task for equipment operators. Automatic lubrication provides a safer method of supplying the precise amount of lubrication to bearings, bushings and other lubrication points when it’s needed. 

Basic Components Of An Automation Lubrication System

The basic components of an automatic lubrication system are a metering device, pump, controller, tubing/hose, and fittings to connect to the lubrication points. Many accessories are also available to enhance or complement the operation of a system.  Graco offers complete automatic lubrication systems for several industries, including in-plant industrial manufacturing, mining, construction (heavy equipment), food and beverage, energy and on-road mobile applications.  

Metering Device 

At the heart of every automatic lubrication system is a metering device. People often ask why they can’t just put a tee in the line to serve two points. The fluid in such a system would take the path of least resistance, leading it to only one of the points. To prevent fluid from taking the path of least resistance we use metering devices. 

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Pump

The pump provides a flow of oil or grease under pressure to actuate the metering device(s). Various pumps offer a variety of flow rates and pressure ranges – and compatibility with various power sources – so the selection of the pump will be based on the needs of the system and what power sources are available. Pumps used with injectors must also include a vent valve so the injectors can reset. Some pumps are also meters, such as the piston pumps used in a box lubricator, but most of the time the pump is a separate unit.

Controller

A controller runs a schedule or program to dispense lubrication on a regular basis. Some pumps have a built-in controller, but many systems use a controller that is separate from the pump. Because the controllers are programmable, they are very versatile and therefore a few controllers can cover a broad range of applications. Some things to consider are the voltage available and the sensors used in the application. The controller needs to have inputs for the sensors that will be connected to it.

Tubing and Fittings

The correct tubing must be used when selecting system components because it needs to be strong enough to handle the pressure developed in the system, and it needs to be of sufficient diameter to allow the grease or oil to flow through it without creating excessive pressure. If the tubing is too weak it could burst and make a mess; or worse, it could injure someone. If the tubing is too narrow the system may not function at all because the pressure required to move the fluid through the tubing could be too high. Therefore, it is important to understand the needs of the application when selecting the tubing or hoses for the system

Optional Parts

A wide variety of optional components are available for each system. Here are just a few examples:

  • Sensors to detect cycle or pressure
  • Filters for oil or grease and for air
  • Stroke sensor for machine count
  • Check valves

While a lubrication system may seem complicated at first glance, when broken down into its basic components, it is actually fairly simple. Understanding these components will make it easier to design and order parts for a system, as well as troubleshoot and repair an existing system

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Alemite Pumps – Which Kit?

I’m going slightly off-topic for a moment. We get calls asking which kit they need when repairing Alemite Oil Pumps. I’ll focus on the most popular series of Alemite Oil Pumps – the 9900 series.

Produced by Alemite for approximately 20 years, these pumps are easy to overhaul if you take your time and follow the included instructions. Probably the most popular is the Alemite 9968 Oil Pump. A 5:1 Oil Pump, it is the workhorse of the Alemite line. Easy to repair, you can actually repair the air motor while the pump is still in the tank.

So which kit for the Alemite 9968 Oil Pump? It all depends on what your pump is doing or not doing. First, make sure there is oil in the tank deep enough for the pump to suck from. Rags have been known to get sucked up into the lover tube. Second, is your air on and getting to the pump? Sometimes the air regulator fails and the pump won’t operate without air.

After that, we work “down” the pump. If the pump hisses air but doesn’t actually pump then it’s in the upper air motor and you will need the Alemite 393706 kit. By the way, this kit is the most popular. If the pump is “silent” and you have checked the lower end for blockage, it is most likely in the air motor and the 393706 kit is the one you want.

If your Alemite 9968 oil pump is leaking through the little hole underneath the air motor you will need the Alemite 393715 kit. Also if your pump is “pumping” but little or nothing is coming out, it is most likely in the lower end and the Alemite 393715 kit would be the right kit for you.

Hope that helps!

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Why is Waste Oil Management Important?

Discover Best Practices For Waste Oil Management

Proper management of waste oil, used oil that now contains chemical or physical impurities, has never been more important. Each year, Americans use nearly 1.3 billion gallons of motor oil, but less than half is reprocessed by recyclers. Oil spills can cost businesses or municipalities at least $20,000 for cleanup and fines levied by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plus state or local agencies. 

Clean water is increasingly viewed as one of our most precious natural resources, yet used motor oil is the largest single source of oil pollution in our lakes, rivers, and streams. It takes only one quart of oil to pollute ground or surface water sources and make 250,000 gallons of water unfit for drinking. 

Removing oil from a vehicle and placing it in a bulk storage tank sounds easy, yet spills can and do occur all too often. Some spills result when waste oil is added to an already full bulk oil tank that no one knew had reached capacity.

Steps For Proper Disposal Of Waste Oil

  • Carefully drain engine oil into a barrel with a capture funnel or drain cart.
  • Use a good-quality pump, hose, and control valve system to pump the waste oil from the barrel or drain cart directly into a bulk waste oil tank.
  • Always use separate containers and pump systems for waste oil and antifreeze to prevent them from being contaminated. Clearly label each.
  • Use an automatic tank level monitoring system to prevent the bulk waste oil tank from reaching capacity and possibly overflowing. Look for a pump system that automatically shuts off when the tank is full to prevent overflow accidents.
  • Be prepared for a potential waste oil spill by having sorbent materials on hand to promptly contain and clean up any spills that occur.
  • Train employees and communicate the importance of safe waste oil handling best practices to help prevent oil spills and ensure a safer work environment.

It’s more important than ever to carefully capture and properly transport every drop of waste oil in fleet maintenance facilities. The consequences of not doing so are steep fines, polluted surface and groundwater, and potentially a damaged reputation for the company or municipality involved in an oil spill.

If you have questions or need more information on pumps, drain carts or bulk waste oil tank monitoring systems, contact Wiley Equipment Company. 1-800 – 490-5389. www.wileyequipment.com info@wileyequipment.com

Sources

http://www.adem.state.al.us/programs/water/nps/take/cleangw.pdf
https://cfpub.epa.gov/npstbx/files/KSMO_oil.pdf
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Down Tubes

Originally, oil pumps from the various manufactures like Alemite, Balcrank, Graco and Lincoln came as full-length pumps. Normally these pumps would fit either a 55 gallon drum or a typical 36″ tall oil tank. But as many more tanks started being built at various other sizes it became apparent that oil pumps could not come as one length fitting all situations.

So the various manufactures started producing what most of us in the industry call stub pumps. These stub pumps are now the industry standard and they require adding on an additional length of pipe to complete the pump set up. They are most often called down tubes but they are also referred to as suction tubes.

Normally made of black pipe or PVC their diameter depends on the bottom diameter of the receiving oil pump. The most popular down tube diameter sizes are: 3/4″ 1″, 1 1/4″, 1 1/2″

Downtube length will vary depending on the container that the pump is going into.

The downtube is threaded on one end and that is the end that will be screwed into the lower portion of the oil pump. The other end should be cut at a slight angle so it can easily suck up the oil within the tank.

You can make these down tubes yourself or you can purchase them from Wiley Equipment Company. Just simply give us a call and tell us the height of the container the pump will go into. And what oil pump you wish to buy and we can make the proper length for you.

Give us a call. 1-800-490-5389

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Oil Pumps

Air- operated oil Pumps are found in thousands of auto shops throughout the United States. Manufactured by such companies as Alemite, Balcrank, Graco, Lincoln, and others, these pumps are the backbone of the lubrication industry. Typically these pumps will last 5 or more years before needing service to restore them to like-new condition. Given reasonable condition to work in, they can last for many, many years.

The first step in choosing the right oil pump is understanding that oil pumps come in different “strengths”. These strengths are expressed as ratios. The most common are 1:1, 3:1 and 5:1. As ratios increase, the ability of the oil pump to pump greater distances also increases. 1:1 oil pumps will push most oils 50 feet. 3:1 oil pumps will push most oils 100 feet. While 5:1 oil pumps will push most oils 200 feet.

By the way, these distances exclude the oil reels with their various lengths of hose that may be attached at the end of the oil piping. When determining the distance you are pumping ignore the reels as long as you feel that your techs won’t be pumping more than two at the same time. Also, know that lighter oils pump easier than heavier oils. Gear oil often needs a higher ratio oil pump while ATF may not.

More to come….

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Discover Best Practices For Waste Oil Management

Waste Oil Equipment

Proper management of waste oil, used oil that now contains chemical or physical impurities, has never been more important. Each year, Americans use nearly 1.3 billion gallons of motor oil, but less than half is reprocessed by recyclers. Oil spills can cost businesses or municipalities at least $20,000 for cleanup and fines levied by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plus state or local agencies

Clean water is increasingly viewed as one of our most precious natural resources, yet used motor oil is the largest single source of oil pollution in our lakes, rivers and streams. It takes only one quart of oil to pollute ground or surface water sources and make 250,000 gallons of water unfit for drinking. Removing oil from a vehicle and placing it in a bulk storage tank sounds easy, yet spills can and do occur all too often. Some spills result when waste oil is added to an already full bulk oil tank that no one knew had reached capacity.

Steps For Proper Disposal Of Waste Oil

  • Carefully drain engine oil into a barrel with a capture funnel or drain cart.
  • Use a good-quality pump, hose and control valve system to pump the waste oil from the barrel or drain cart directly into a bulk waste oil tank.
  • Always use separate containers and pump systems for waste oil and antifreeze to prevent them from being contaminated. Clearly label each.
  • Use an automatic tank level monitoring system to prevent the bulk waste oil tank from reaching capacity and possibly overflowing. Look for a pump system that automatically shuts off when the tank is full to prevent overflow accidents.
  • Be prepared for a potential waste oil spill by having absorbent materials on hand to promptly contain and clean up any spills that occur.
  • Train employees and communicate the importance of safe waste oil handling best practices to help prevent oil spills and ensure a safer work environment. It’s more important than ever to carefully capture and properly transport every drop of waste oil in fleet maintenance facilities. The consequences of not doing so are steep fines, polluted surface and ground water, and potentially a damaged reputation for the company or municipality involved in an oil spill.

If you have questions or need more information on pumps, drain carts or bulk waste oil tank monitoring systems, contact Wiley Equipment today. 1-310-640-9093
Waste Oil Equipment

Sources: http://www.adem.state.al.us/programs/water/nps/take/cleangw.pdf
https://cfpub.epa.gov/npstbx/files/KSMO_oil.pdf

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Our Most Popular Oil Reel is the Heavy Duty Alemite Brand

With any large purchase, it’s comforting to know that what you’re buying has key qualities. It’s good to know that your money will be spent on something that is durable, reliable, and with optimum performance. This is the case of our most popular oil reel, the Alemite 8078-D Heavy Duty Oil Reel. This heavy duty tool is the missing piece to your shop. And, with four color options, you can match it to your other tools, or make it stand out so that it’s easier to find. Your choice. But, in the case of an oil reel, this should be your first choice. And, it’s available in our shop.

Your New Favorite Oil Reel Features

What’s important to you when you’re looking for an oil reel? How about it working with 95% of all applications? What about coming with a 50-foot oil hose? If those two things are on your list—or even if you didn’t think that far ahead, yet— this Alemite 8078-D oil reel has that included. It’s a whole package. When it comes to working efficiently in your shop or in your garage, there are different things that make life a little easier. That was kept in mind during the engineering of this product. It has an anti-lockout design that eliminates the need for manual release of the pawl when the hose is fully extended. And, sealed bearings prevent contamination and minimize maintenance. That in itself is an appealing factor.

Incredible Design

Alemite has designed this oil reel in a way that is versatile and flexible to your needs. Their sleek design allows you to mount the oil reel on the ceiling, wall, or floor. Additionally, the narrow design allows for efficient use of your space. So, whatever your preference may be, or whatever your space allows, this tool is as flexible as you. For a workspace that is completely yours, this will fit perfectly as a new addition—no need for interrupting the current flow or moving tools around. The Alemite 8078-D can be easily installed. And, with its durable heavy metal arbor design, it can withstand extreme stress. So, no need to be gentle with your new toy.

If all of that wasn’t enough, this new Alemite model has a guide arm with five positions that allow the hose to release at an optimum position. Plus, different versions are made available for oil, air/water, and grease. What more could you want in a product?

When you need a tool or product to make your garage work more efficient, look no further than Wiley Equipment. We keep our online store stocked with essentials and brand names that you can trust. We care about quality and the results that will come from the products we sell. Visit us online to browse all of our amazing products.  

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Recommended Product: GRACO Coolant King Used Antifreeze Receiver

Keeping cars at a safe and regulated temperature is key to maintaining a car’s longevity. That’s why our recommended product is the GRACO Coolant King 248632 Used Antifreeze Receiver in 25 gallons. It has a great, affordable price ($584.50) and will be something that your high-volume shop will need.

The GRACO Attributes

For anyone buying machines and tools for their shop, you want to make sure that the product is going to be beneficial. You want to make sure that it’s not a product that has a lot of hype around it, but no actual need in your shop. So, when you’re shopping around and able to purchase something that will ease the work in your high-volume garage, it’s good to know what exactly you’re buying. The 25 gallons allow for your high-volume use. The green tank will surely stand out amongst the rest of your steel or black metal tools. The oversized wheels will allow you to move it across uneven surfaces without feeling any of the bumps. The receiver also has a large collection pan for easy use. And, a removable filter screen prevents any unwanted debris from entering the tank—an important feature.

Draining Antifreeze — Why buy this recommended product?

There are still a lot of people out there that will perform their own antifreeze draining. But, it’s a tricky and time-consuming thing if it’s your first time. And, the details matter. How much coolant to replace and what kind of coolant you’re using are important factors. So, taking it to a shop where professionals can easily get it done is ideal. There, your antifreeze can be drained and replaced with ease. More notably, there’s no risk for something going wrong with your vehicle when it’s left to the hands of someone that’s made a living as a mechanic. So many car owners still rely on a shop. Therefore, a 25 gallon antifreeze receiver  is a  recommended product for your shop.

At Wiley Equipment we want to provide the best products and tools that you’ll be using (mostly) on a daily basis. And, we’ve made sure that the brands we sell are the best in the industry so that you’re buying a durable product. When it comes to vehicle maintenance, we understand the importance. After all, this is what gets you from Point A to Point B. And, if you’re a shop owner, you’re acutely aware of the service you provide so that vehicle owners can safely get through their busy lives as well.

Go ahead and shop all of our great products online.

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Put This in Your Shopping Cart: The Balcrank Diaphragm Pump

If you’re looking for a gift this holiday season—even if it’s for yourself—then the Balcrank Diaphragm Pump from our online store is a great option. Specifically, the Balcrank 1120-024 CF30 1” Aluminum Double Diaphragm Pump. When it comes to durable, trusted brands, Balcrank has been a top contender. We only want you to have the best, hence, we only offer the best. So, for this holiday season, or for any time of the year, may we interest you in this special Balcrank Aluminum Double Diaphragm Pump.

 

What upgrades does the Balcrank Diaphragm Pump have?

For starters, this Balcrank pump has new patented technology called CenterFlo. This features a reversed air/fluid design, compared to conventional diaphragm pumps. There is less air consumption and less pulsation throughout the performance. Since the fluid path flows through the center of the pump, with the air motor to the outside, the suction and performance have been improved. This advanced technology translates to superior performance and low maintenance, something everyone can appreciate.

 

What other improvements can you expect?

When you’re investing over $400 in a product, you want to know that your money is being spent well. This 1120-024 CF30 1” model gives you a lot of improvements to think about when you’re making your purchase. Since you’ll be using this a lot in your shop or garage, it’s important to note that this pump has a dependable lube-free directional pivot air valve that starts up every time. It’s tolerant of oil, moisture, and dirt and does not leak air when the pump is stalled against head pressure of the system. The reduced air consumption per gallon pumped also saves energy and avoids the need to use a larger compressor.

 

What advantages are there?

This diaphragm pump discharges fluids up to 28 gpm at 100 psi, in order to pump light to medium viscosity fluids. And, there are no rotating shafts or seals as found on electric pumps. Another great thing about this pump is that its on-demand operation requires no switches or extra components. And—notably—there are no electrical safety concerns.

 

During the holidays, the posed question, “What would you like,” usually leaves us blank. But, don’t forget about this tool! Since it provides superior performance with advanced technology (and it’s low maintenance) it’s the perfect item to add to your cart or have your loved one get for you.

 

Visit us online today to get shopping and add this gem to your collection. 

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Product Spotlight: The GRACO 246775 3:1 Fire-Ball Universal Oil Pump

Under our “Fluid Handling” tab on our online shop, you will find a lot of great brands and products. These products and tools listed have been chosen by us to sell because they are top-of-the-line. The product spotlight right now is on the GRACO 246775 3:1 Fire-Ball Universal Oil Pump. This is a very popular mini Fire-Ball that is a stub-style universal oil pump. And, with GRACO, you’re also getting a trusted brand.

Features and Benefits

When you’re handling oil, or any other liquid for your vehicle, it’s pertinent that the tools you use are of high quality and have certain features. This model contains a double-acting pump that provides reliable fluid flow. Hence, this makes it a great choice for heavy-duty dealerships and fast lube centers. The in-line design was also crafted with fewer parts for less pump wear. This translates to you keeping this tool for longer and getting a great product for your buck. And, the differential air motor ensures smooth pumping. No hesitations or stutters with this tool.

Who’s using the universal oil pump?

Because of its popularity, everyone is getting their hands on this GRACO 246775 3:1 Fire-Ball Universal Oil Pump. The owners and product uses are versatile and many. If you are in need of a tool to conduct lubricant transfers, this tool is highly recommended. This is just one of the typical applications for the universal oil pump. As mentioned before, heavy-duty dealerships are also benefiting from this. When you have a high volume of customers coming in, you want a tool that is going to work with you and work efficiently. This is why fleet services facilities are also in need of this, and any other service shop. And, if you’ve got lube trucks, this tool should also be in your possession.

An Extension

If you’re looking to make this available for shorter distances, we also carry a 222308 bung adapter and down tube as an extra. It’s an easy-to-use adapter that will make your life run smoother if you need it for shorter distances.

 

You can find a lot of great things in our online shop. Whether you need a universal oil pump or a smaller part, we carry the best brands that you can get your hands on—like this GRACO product. Get one for your shop or garage today!