Keep your fleet on the road – and out of the workshop
Automatic lubrication increases vehicle uptime and reduces maintenance
Irrespective of fleet size – and whether it’s a fleet of trucks or buses – every fleet manager is concerned with efficiency. How can I utilize my fleet as efficiently as possible? How do I maximize time on the road and minimize time in the workshop? How can I stretch service intervals while maintaining peak vehicle performance? How can I make my operations more efficient by lowering operational costs per kilometer?
Key to maintaining and running an efficient fleet of trucks or buses is correct lubrication. But this requires much more than arming a mechanic with a grease gun and pointing him in the direction of a vehicle. Manual lubrication leads to under- or over-lubrication, and both can be equally harmful.
“The effects of under-lubrication are wellknown: increased component wear, premature failure, higher energy usage, increased operating and maintenance costs,” says Charles Hartl, Global Product Marketing Manager, Lubrication Equipment Division, Graco. “But the effects of over-lubrication can be just as detrimental. It wastes lubricant, can lead to excess heat build-up, puts stress on lube points, and increases downtime. The solution is obvious: optimal lubrication.”
And that’s exactly where automatic lubrication comes in. By providing smaller amounts of lubricant at more frequent intervals, you avoid both under- and over-lubrication. It can even be set up with features that detect a blocked or broken line, and then alert the operator.
Automatic lubrication is guaranteed to improve overall fleet efficiency because it has three main effects.
Ensuring that a fleet stays on the road making money instead of spending time in the workshop, losing money. And it cuts unplanned component failure and repair time.
Equipment runs smoother and lasts longer when properly and frequently lubricated. Automatic lubrication also eliminates a mechanic’s “best guess” as to the amount of lubrication necessary, and ensures that every lube point is lubricated. (Even the best trained mechanics can forget a lube point now and again!)
Eliminating manual greasing reduces shop maintenance hours, avoids chassis lube scheduling hassles, and reduces replacement part and labor costs.
“All of these benefits convert to one big one: improved fleet efficiency, ensuring that trucks or buses are kept available for use 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,” adds Hartl.
Graco has decades of experience with automatic lubrication systems. They are suitable for on-road trucks, tractors and trailers; city buses and long-run coaches; intermediate sized vehicles; and all sorts of specialty vehicles.
One such system is the Grease Jockey automatic lubrication system. It comes as a pre-designed kit including all accessories for popular chassis types of most OEM on-road vehicles. Moreover, it can be easily customized to fit specialty vehicles such as fire trucks, cement trucks and waste haulers.
Grease Jockey covers all the lube points in the illustration.
Grease Jockey incorporates a rigid, transparent reservoir for fast, at-a-glance level indication. Durable cast metal pump housings ensure long life. A stand-alone timer can be mounted in the cab for on-the-road adjustment.
Grease Jockey injector modules are pre-set and field adjustable to match the chassis. Right front, left front, rear and 5th wheel modules provide coverage for virtually any vehicle. Tubing bundles are pre-charged with grease and color coded for quick installation, while innovative mounting hardware positions the system components along the frame rail for added protection.
Graco also has solutions especially for trailer lubrication. The Grease Jockey pneumatic trailer pump works with the parking brake, eliminating the need for electrical power from the trailer. Its heavy-duty pump and reservoir are designed for reliable operation in harsh environments.
The pump is designed to mount to the bogie with a universal mounting bracket. This location is not only convenient for easy refilling of grease, and monitoring of the grease level, but protects the pump from flying road debris.
An important safety feature is the slack adjuster and S-Cam lubrication, which help stop the brakes from sticking. This improves brake operation and extends component life.
The Grease Jockey trailer lubrication system covers the lubrication points shown in the illustration
Founded in 1926, Graco is a world leader in fluid handling systems and components. Graco products move, measure, control, dispense and apply a wide range of fluids and viscous materials used in vehicle lubrication, commercial and industrial settings.