More than likely, a majority of compressed air-driven actuators and other components your company uses are made out of some sort of metal. When one metallic object moves against another, there’s a good chance that it will either scratch or grind. That’s where our line of pneumatic lubricators comes into play, to prevent equipment damage.
A lubricator is a device that sprays some sort of material into the airflow or onto a specific area. Such areas can include pressure regulators or cylinder valves. This ensures that there is a sufficient amount of lubrication to allow a particular process to happen.
SMC’s lubricators are available in several configurations to provide lubrication to your equipment. Modular models are available to connect directly to filter and regulator units to create a single air preparation module for a machine. Stand-alone micro mist and high flow lubricators can be used to meet more demanding or higher volume needs. All feature simple adjustability and easy maintenance.
You could theoretically try lubricating all of your pneumatic tools and equipment by hand. Operatoes, however, find this time consuming and prone to error. There’s a good chance that you’ll add too much and cause dust and debris to collect in your air stream as a result.
Fortunately, our automatic models are more than capable of taking care of the job for you.
How Pneumatic Lubricators Ensure Consistent Operation With Incoming Air
In order to ensure that all of your pneumatic components work efficiently, they need to receive just the right amount of lubricant. While people normally tend to over-lubricate, the opposite is just as bad. Using too little lubricant can contribute to your components wearing out as they start to move against one another and grind into each other.
In some cases, you might find that parts that haven’t been properly lubricated aren’t going to even function as intended. For instance, let’s say that you had an actuator that was completely dry. Assuming that your line pressure is correct, you would expect that this actuator would move at the rate that the manufacturer’s specifications spell out.
However, that might not be the case because the moving parts may not be able to function without any lubricant. A lubricator sends a consistent stream of just the right amount of lubricant in a gentle mist that keeps these components moving, though it doesn’t send anywhere close to enough to actually gum up the works and start to attract debris.
Lubrication modules carefully meter out the amount of mist that they put out. That means you won’t have to do any of the measurements yourself, which dramatically reduces the chances that something might go wrong with the process.
You’ll even be able to select from a variety of different components that are all designed specifically to meet the needs of various types of pneumatic configurations. That makes these surprisingly scalable. Considering that using lubricants can actually increase costs if they’re not used sparingly, these modules can actually lead to a substantial savings over time. You might even say that they’ll pay for themselves between this and how much they save in terms of maintenance.
SMC Lubricator Module Options For Air Systems
Perhaps one of the most popular choices for those who use this kind of equipment is the micro mist lubricator. As the name suggests, these modules produce a small consistent stream of lubricant that have micro-sized droplets. These completely coat the moving parts because they’re not large sized droplets that might splatter or slip around.
In some cases, a simple micro mist lubricator isn’t enough to do the job. That’s why there’s a series of high flow lubricators as well, which is perfect for those who have to deal with higher pressures and larger components that are going to need a stronger stream of lubricant oil to keep the components moving at a desirable rate.
These components connect directly to filter and regulator units, so you can have all of your gear work in concert to keep the air clean and lubricated. By getting rid of the debris through a filter, you can be sure that your lubricants will remain clean the entire time. That’s especially important if your workshop is in an area where fine particulate matter tends to get into everything.
Shops that do sanding or grinding will often have this problem, which is exacerbated by the use of a lubricator. Combining these components will ensure that all of your compressed air-driven equipment stays clean and works properly. Once the air has been filtered and is free of debris, your lubricator can optimize the stream and keep everything flowing freely.
Other related components may also help if you’re running any sort of complex pneumatic installation. Keep your eyes out for all of these options before you make your final decision on how to run your pneumatic layout.
Collectors & Advanced Lubricator Modules
Collectors are useful items for those who are trying to further reduce costs and save materials. In fact, this might be of importance to those who are doing their best to cut back on the amount of materials they use and want to green their operations.
Consider the AEP100 series, which help to prevent waste and protect valuable machinery by collecting hydraulic fluid and lubricants that have leaked and built-up near to your gear. They’re powered by exhaust pressure, so you won’t need an external source of energy to install one. These components are great for those who might have had oils consistently coagulating around a specific area because of gravity.
Anyone who has installed a set of pneumatic components on an incline is well-aware of this problem and can probably already see the utility of working with this type of component. When a collector gathers up lubricant, you can strain and reuse it. If your gear has a tendency to shed some lubricant, then the runoff that makes its way into a collector can really add up over time.
Of course, lubricators are designed to work with all of the same equipment that you’re currently invested in for flow rate. You can find pieces that match the sizes and shape of all the connectors you use, which helps to improve deployment. If you’ve ever thought that you were unable to install a lubricator because of compatibility issues, then this should prove to be good news.
Modify Your Air Flow With Orange Coast Pneumatics
At Orange Coast Pneumatics, we’ve made sure to search for the best engineering designs that could serve as a relatively simple solution to this age-old problem.
Consider filter-regulator-lubricator modules since these do the job of several components. You should also always feel free to contact our team online. We’ll put you in touch with our seasoned representatives so you can get the information you need to make a decision about pneumatic gear quickly and get back to what’s really important – managing your business operations.