The manufacture of most goods today involves the use of various chemicals. This gives an indication of how huge and manifold the chemical industry really is. However, the challenges faced in these complex plants are also enormous and range from equipment availability and reliability, energy efficiency and sustainability to, last but not least, the safety of personnel.
What is still often underestimated is the influence lubrication can have on each of these factors. Custom-fit lubrication ensures a smooth, energy-efficient operation of production and reduces negative effects on the environment. The secret of optimum lubrication lies with using the right amount of the right lubricant at the right spot.
This is not easy to achieve through manual lubrication in a chemical plant, where sometimes several thousand lubrication points have to be maintained. In addition, it is not uncommon to see more than 100 different lubricants used at a single chemical production facility, with many of the lubrication points located in hazardous, remote or hard-to-access locations. At some point, human error during the lubrication routine seems almost inevitable.
The following article covers the many advantages automated lubrication provides for the chemical industry.