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Lubrication filter carts for flushing systems

Second Quarter 2021 Other technologies

When a lubricant becomes contaminated it affects the entire machinery system, which then needs to be flushed to prevent further damage to costly equipment. Lubrication Engineers (LE) offers a solution in the form of a kidney-loop filtration cart. “Filtration carts can be used for decontaminating systems, flushing new or repaired systems, dispensing or pre-filtering new oil, evacuating used oil, topping off reservoirs, or collecting oil samples for analysis,” explains Callum Ford, national marketing manager at LE South Africa.

“We’ll get complaints of machinery issues that point to lubrication contamination, like high operating temperatures, loud operating noises or unusual vibrations, and we’ll know we need to do an oil analysis,” he says. “We find that 80% of the time, the oil needs to be cleaned rather than replaced, so we run the kidney-loop system to mechanically separate out any water or particles in the system, preventing further damage to the machinery.”

“Once we’ve decontaminated the system, we start to look for the cause of the contamination,” he continues. “This could be anything from not having a breather installed on the system to a part having been replaced. It might be something as simple as the cleaning procedures – if a machine is getting hosed down with water, it can get into the system.”

The cart filters mineral-based industrial and synthetic oils with a maximum operating viscosity range of ISO 680 at 38°C (3000 ssu / 648 cSt) within ambient temperature ranges of -26 to 66°C.




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