Following hot on the heels of a successful turnkey lubrication solution recently supplied by SKF SA’s authorised distributor, Bearing Services Springs, to a leading building materials manufacturing company, the customer took the decision to completely change over to SKF pulleys, belts and grease.

During an on-site CNA-Lubrication audit at the customer’s Alrode plant, Johannesburg South, earlier this year, Bearing Services Springs noticed a few lubrication issues. It was revealed that lubrication was not being carried out reliably and that up to nine different types of grease were being used. 

Grease conversion

After a detailed report was compiled and presented through to the customer with recommendations after the audit, the customer recognising the long-term cost-saving benefits, requested a grease conversion to SKF LGHQ 2 grease and to install System 24 LAGD 125/WA2 lubricators on all their critical lubrication points. “A quick response from the Bearings Service Springs team has ensured that lubrication is now carried out correctly and on time,” explains SKF’s Eddie Martens.

“While on site doing the audit, we noted a problem with the belt alignment on one of the extractor fans,” continues Eddie. “The customer made the decision there and then to completely change over to our pulleys and belts. We were also asked to supply a TKBA 40 belt alignment tool from our MaPro product range to ensure that alignment is carried out correctly.”

The green light

Eddie confirms that the customer reports extreme satisfaction with the fan which is now running at much lower temperatures. “In fact, the customer has asked us to assist in converting their remaining fans to this solution. We have also been given the green light to proceed with the implementation of other suggestions documented in the CNA-Lube report.”

In conclusion, Martens says, “In addition to conducting all-inclusive analyses, our highly skilled, trained technicians also keep a professional eye out for any other issues that can potentially lead to catastrophic and expensive failures due to downtime, repair and/or replacement time and costs. This enables us to make informed recommendations for equipment and plant optimisation, to the ultimate benefit of our customers.”

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