It is absolutely critical to productivity that your machinery is operating at peak performance with minimal downtime. Premature bearing and gear failure occurs for a number of reasons. One of the biggest reasons is the build up of steel dust and abrasive particles in the lubricant which over a period of time, can slowly wear away the bearings internal structure or gearset causing excessive friction and as a result causing the bearing or gearset to heat up beyond what it was designed for and if left unchecked long enough, the excessive amount of friction and heat building up can lead to a unexpected collapse of the bearing or gearset potentially causing untold damage to the machine.
Safegas Detection Equipment supply specialised oil and grease detectors that analyse a small sample of the lubricant which can detect the smallest traces of steel particles and abrasives in the oil or grease which is the prelude to premature bearing or gearset failure even long before vibration becomes apparent and if detected early enough, can potentially save you hundreds of thousands of dollars in new bearings, gears and lost productivity.
We recommend testing the machinery lubricant regularly to help monitor its condition and if necessary replace the lubricant in an effort to prolong the bearing or gearset life. The Cosmos oil and grease detectors are portable which means testing can be carried out on site or at your premises with results given in seconds.
Although there are numerous symptoms, each bearing failure typically results from a combination of issues, and not just a single cause. Be aware of the issues that prompt bearing failure, look for the warning signs, and take the preventative measures required to keep your bearings operating at or above peak performance for as long as possible.