Easylube System Integrates Radio Frequency Identification

Noria news wires

Easylube has introduced an automatic lubrication system that uses radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to track and manage lube points throughout a plant. The computerized maintenance management system is designed to provide precision bearing lubrication and condition monitoring by recording each bearing specification, working condition, lubrication and maintenance history.

Exact regreasing volumes and intervals are calculated using minimum quantity lubrication (MQL) formulation. MQL software is included with each Easylube Patrol Management Kit and can be easily installed on a PC.

The system’s automatic regreasing mechanism is an electromechanical gearset incorporated in the RFID lubricators, which keep lubrication at sufficient levels. Each lubricator also features a bi-color LED warning light, replaceable grease cup, RFID tag and reader to enable real-time tracking of bearings. 

The RFID tags contain a microchip that transmits bearing lubrication status to a handheld PDA. Simply label the RFID tag at each lube point in the plant.

Each lube point’s regreasing rate and condition are tracked by the Guardwatch program. This software, which is downloaded to a PDA, enables uploading of data to the MQL software for data registration and downloading of up-to-date data to a PDA before routine inspection.

The RFID reader serves as a wireless data collector, reading Easylube RFID tags that are placed on each lubrication point and transmitting the lubrication status to a handheld PDA.

The system, which comes with a two-year warranty, helps to remove uncertainty, eliminate human mistakes and improve employee safety, especially where equipment is located in isolated or dangerous areas.

For more information, visit www.easylube.com.

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