The Right Lubrication

Are you using the right Lubrication for your bearings? Unsure which type of greases and oils to use? Not to worry, at Quality Bearings Online we’re here to help find you the right lubrication for your machine.

To prolong the life of your bearings it is crucial to keep them lubricated, but is it necessary to maintain them? Of course! The failure of bearings can be more expensive than the cost of lubricating, maintaining or replacing the parts. Costs can quickly start to add up as the failure of a bearing could lead to production losses due to machine breakdown and costs to replace and maintain.

Did you know?

A leading cause of bearing failure is due to insufficient or improper lubrication, leading to contamination and excess heat building up!

Overtime loss of lubrication on bearings can contribute to equipment failure if they are not re-greased at the appropriate time therefore, it is important to keep your bearings lubricated when carrying out maintenance on them. Remember to always clean your bearings from dirt and to dry them properly before re-lubricating. If these steps are not carried out thoroughly, it can cause dirt and dust to seep deeper inside the bearings when they are lubricated, which can later lead to bearing failure.

Oil or Grease?

Lubricants for bearings take the form of oil or grease and choosing the right lubricant can be challenging as there are over thousands of different bearings. Keeping them lubricated with the right oil and greases can extend the life of these mechanical elements, keeping your machines operating for longer without many maintenance costs.

Oil is ideal for the rolling bearing elements. There are several types of oil lubrication systems which are dependent on the type and application of the bearing. Oil is often chosen to lubricate bearings in systems that constantly operate at high temperatures. It can help protect the bearing from rust, corrosion and maintain viscosity control when dilution can occur.

Grease is a semi-fluid to solid thickening agent combined with lubricant. It is generally preferred to oil lubrication in applications of bearings that operate at moderate speeds where the temperature is not as high. For example the use of grease lubrication would be used for bearings that operate in wind turbines where oil reserves would be hard to manage and conveyor belts where shock loading often happens. Grease lubricants should be used for bearings that require additional protection from fumes or dirt.

Are you looking for a specific type of oil or grease? Visit our website now to see our range of Lubricants.

Too Much Lubrication

Careful! Too much lubrication can cause deterioration and overheating as bearings can cause the excess grease and oil to increase the temperature in the bearing. Not all greases are the same and not all are compatible with each other. For the life of the bearing it is highly recommended that you stay with the same grease or a compatible substitute. However, this will be dependent on several factors such as the type of bearing, design of the bearing and application of the bearing.

Condition & Maintenance

Remember, lubricating your bearing should not be based on time but the condition of the bearing. Bearings only need lubricating to reduce friction in the way the mechanical element is applied. If the amount of the lubricant is performing the service well, there should not be a need to change it. Friction levels should be monitored and measured for you to know when the right time is to re-lubricate your bearings. 

There are a range of maintenance tool that can be used to help you measure and monitor your bearings and we have selected a few to help you. The TKTI21 Thermal Imaging Camera is a tool that can help you measure how much heat is being emitted from the bearing. The TMSP1 Sound Pressure Meter, is a hand held instrument that can be used to measure the sound level in machines. Additionally, the TMST3 Electronic Stethoscope should be used to easily locate machine noise, detecting troublesome machine and noise vibrations. You can find all these tools and many more available on our Website!

Still struggling to find the right lubrication for your bearing? Not to worry! Our team are ready to help you! Please Contact Us today.