When you’re planning an oil delivery system you are looking for the ideal lubrication system for your workshop, there are a host of design challenges to take into account. This is the second set of tips to follow when setting up any lube system (see last week’s Diesel Workshop for Part One).
A comprehensive fit out of a lubrication delivery system for a workshop will incorporate oil and grease transfer pumps and guns, hose reels, metered and non-metered control valves, fluid dispensing products, evacuation products, in-line meters, automatic lubrication systems and oil boys. It’s a lot to consider.
This is designed to help you not only understand the issues around workshop lubrication systems, but to meet and exceed them.
Ensure sufficient head pressure and suction lift
The more vertical height your system has, the greater the potential loss of pressure you’ll have to deal with. What’s more, you’ll need a bigger capacity air-operated pump for your lubrication system.
Normally head pressure is barely a consideration when you have a pump capable of producing hundreds of pounds per square inch. Yet it all adds up. In today’s high-rise workshops you may be attempting to reticulate over multiple floors, which will very quickly call for significant changes to your system design.
Another big issue is suction lift. Atmospheric pressure means the theoretical maximum suction lift height is 11 metres, however most pumps have losses and inefficiencies. Workshop supplier Levanta recommends seven metres as a maximum safe suction lift height. This becomes especially important with waste tanks located in basements.
Once again, smart lubrication system design goes a long way in ensuring the best outcome for a workshop. While every workshop will have some requirement for vertical piping in some areas, experienced designers can minimise this need and improve the return on investment (ROI).
Use high quality pipework & fittings
A lubrication system that uses inferior quality fittings and pipework runs the risk of leaking oil right across your workshop, even under normal everyday use. You can easily imagine the effect this will have on the appearance of a workshop.
To ensure a better standard of fitting, opt for stainless steel pipework rather than the standard welded galvanized steel; and look for a design that utilises a crimp fit system to securely attach to the pipe.
Levanta reckons its preferred system uses piping that comes with a 15-year fitting guarantee and a 30-year system warranty.
Install a quality oil management system
Want to monitor your workshop’s complete lubrication function?
By installing a superior oil management system you can take account of spillage, account for every mL of oil you dispense, and charge it to each job accordingly.
Such a system offers:
- Pipe burst protection;
- Tank level indication, measured at two-hour intervals;
- Before and after fill tank level auditing;
- Email alerts for low new oil level, and high waste oil level;
- Oil logs sent technican and/or job;
- Oil allocated to a job, helping to prevent incorrect oil being dispensed
- Increased efficiency and profitability, compared to using a less advanced oil management system.
Ensure you start with correct engineering
A quality lubrication system should be a long-term investment that can contribute to your workshop’s profitability for years – so it pays to get it right from the start.
Your system design should take into account the total distance of piping, the number of bends and junctions and the number of guns being used simultaneously.
It’s the type of engineering that can only be carried out by an expert team with wide experience, who can engineer the ideal lubrication system design for your needs.