Choose Automatic Lubrication For Your Yellow Iron Equipment

By IBT Inc

June 24, 2021

IBT, Industrial Maintenance

Tired of manually lubricating your yellow iron equipment? IBT Industrial Solutions can help.

For your convenience, we not only sell but install automatic lubrication systems on equipment for brands like Caterpillar, Komatsu, and John Deere. With many pumps to choose from, IBT’s professionally-trained technicians can help you identify which automatic lubrication system will work best on your equipment.

Benefits of Automatic Lubrication

Compared to manually greasing a machine, there’s several key benefits to using an automatic lubrication system.

Extends Equipment Life

ExcavatorAutomatic lubrication provides the right amount of lubricant at the right time and in the right place. According to IBT’s Director of Mechanical Services Michael Gebauer, “This solution allows operators to adequately maintain their equipment while not wasting grease.”

Gebauer said, “Automatic lubrication distributes smaller amounts of lubricant to the machine at more frequent intervals. This approach ensures each lube point receives the right amount of grease at the right time without the risk of over- or under-greasing.”

Cuts Maintenance Costs

You can expect less wear and tear on your machine with automatic lubrication compared to manual lubrication. Over- or under-greasing equipment could cost you between $5,000 to $10,000 in repairs.

Eliminates Unnecessary Downtime

Need to add grease while the machine is running? No problem! With automatic lubrication, you can avoid going through lock-out and tag-out procedures as there’s no need to turn the machine off. 

Improves Workplace Safety

You no longer need to climb onto the machine to manually grease lube points. With automatic lubrication, you simply refill the accessible pump with grease.

Choose From These Solutions by Graco

Graco offers a variety of automatic lubrication systems for yellow iron equipment including:

G Series®: G3 and G-Mini Pumps
The G3 Pump is designed to lubricate heavy-duty machines like excavators and wheel loaders. The G-Mini Pump works better for small-scale machines like skid steers and mini excavators.

Dyna-Star®: Compact and Electric Pumps
Both pumps assist tough earth-moving machines like haul trucks and bulldozers.

Graco automatic lubrication customers can choose from any grease up to a NLGI grade 2 on mobile off-road applications. This flexibility allows equipment operators to utilize the best lubricant for their operating environment as long as it fits within a pump and meter specifications.  

Graco’s Market Specialist Sales Manager Gabriel Elmhorst said, Graco strives to provide our customers with the highest quality pumps available today.  Given Graco’s history of manufacturing excellence and our dedication to A+ Customer Service, we are committed to providing our customers with the best value in automatic lubrication.”

Switching from Manual to Automatic LubricationGraco's GLC220 Controller

Rodriguez Mechanical Contractors recently selected IBT to install Graco’s G3 Pump on an excavator. The install included adding these four main components to the machine:

  • G3 Pump: UV protected and sealed, this translucent blue reservoir features a stir paddle to help ensure the grease does not separate.
  • MSP Divider Valves: These two-bolt valves are designed to deliver a predetermined amount of grease to each of the machine’s lubrication points. Assembly includes a grease zerk as well as a cycle and performance indicator. 
  • GLC220 Controller: Located inside the cab, the controller operates and monitors the lubrication system. Complete with a digital display, touchpad controls, and LED lighting, these features provide simplified programming and real-time feedback for operators.  
  • Accessories: Including hoses, fittings, mounting hardware, and guarding. 

Brett Newell, Equipment Coordinator at Rodriguez Mechanical Contractors, found IBT helpful and easy to work with throughout the two-day installation process.

Newell said, “The technicians at IBT were easy to talk with and listened to my input. The installation process went smoothly. Afterward, they took time to show me how to properly use the pump.”

This particular excavator often changes operators and is typically used for heavy-duty uses including utility installations or rock breaking. Before the G3 Pump Newell often worried that machine maintenance, including manual lubrication, wasn’t being done regularly.

“I now have peace of mind thanks to the G3 Pump,” Newell said. “I no longer have to worry if the machine is getting adequately lubricated by the operator.” 

In the future, Newell hopes to add Graco automatic lubrication pumps to more of his equipment fleet.

Installing Automatic Lubrication Pumps

IBT’s professionally-trained technicians are here to help. We offer a range of installation options including:

  • Full Installation: IBT technicians arrive at your site to install the pump. Installation can take between one to three days to complete depending on the size of the equipment. 
  • Installation Support: A IBT technician works with the customer on-site to install the pump.
  • Purchase Product: Receive the pump kit from IBT and install it on your own. 

Other applications besides yellow iron equipment can also benefit from automatic lubrication including wind power, manufacturing, trucking, mining, paper, and sawmills. 

 


 

Graco's G3 Pump on Yellow Iron

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