Monitor Greasing and Lubrication with LUBExpert

The reason behind frequent bearing failure is improper grease application. Only about 40% of bearings will last long enough to offer their engineered value, and the most common cause is improper lubrication.

Several lube departments make use of a wasteful calendar-based re-greasing plan. Consequently, bearings are over- and under-greased, thereby failing to provide the engineered value.

LUBExpert - Grease Bearings Right

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Bearing grease reduces friction. Longer life suggests less friction. When the levels of friction are increased, LUBExpert alerts users, leading them through re-lubrication, and avoids over- and under-lubrication.

LUBExpert is an ultrasonic solution that helps users lubricate bearings appropriately. Utilize the correct lubricant at the appropriate location, at the proper intervals, and in the right quantities, all while receiving the suitable indicator of a job well done, such as bearing status.

Database of Bearings

LUBExpert helps keep track of all of the users’ assets, such as bearing types and dimensions, in a database.

Automation

LUBExpert removes the guesswork by assessing the stabilization time between grease pumps automatically.

Modes: Guided and Free

LUBExpert consists of two modes for rightly lubricating bearings: “free” and “guided.” LUBExpert could help users correctly grease bearings even when the program is well-established or just getting initiated.

Shopping List

LUBExpert advises users to make the proper grease type and quantity for the lube operations of the day.

Work Orders

LUBExpert reminds users which bearings would need grease. Users can restore their lubrication program’s order and discipline.

System Messaging

LUBExpert makes use of messaging to document and inform the users’ team on why a few assets were ignored.

The Onboard Ultrasound Assistant in LUBExpert guarantees that users grease bearings correctly.

The Right Lubricant

Various lubricants are needed for different uses, but which is the right option? The onboard assistant from LUBExpert helps the user choose the right grease and reminds them of the maximum capacity of the bearing.

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The Right Location

How can users be sure that they are lubricating the right bearings when they are dealing with thousands of assets? LUBExpert’s onboard assistant utilizes a tree-structured navigation system to help users navigate through their plant.

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The Right Interval

LUBExpert and Ultranalysis Suite 3 help inform users when bearings are due for relubrication if they lubricate on a calendar-based or condition-based timetable. The “squeaky wheel” gets the grease on time as a result of alarms triggered by SDT’s evolving FOUR CONDITION INDICATORS.

Monitor greasing and lubrication with LUBExpert

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The Right Quantity

The majority of the lubrication-related failures are caused by surplus or inadequate lubrication. The onboard assistant in LUBExpert consistently evaluates friction levels between half shots of grease. This urges users to apply more or stop when optimal friction levels are encountered.

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The Right Indicators

The job of re-greasing bearings is made simpler with the help of LUBExpert. The onboard assistant walks users via the task and gives them a good, bad or suspect result. The activities are connected to the UAS3 Suite data management software, producing logical reports that exhibit the amount of grease added per point, the before and after, and the total amount of grease used by the department or plant.

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The LUBExpert Dynamic Option Connects the Lube Team with the Condition Monitoring Team

Dynamic data gathered by LUBExpert is exhibited in Ultranalysis® Suite 3 in the Time and Frequency domain. The benefit of dual reliability helps save time while eliminating information silos.

  • The lubrication team can gather dynamic data for the condition monitoring team.
  • Asset condition information is transparent throughout different departments.

The Dynamic Option entirely eliminates the data gap between lubrication and condition monitoring teams.

The Lube Team collecting and (if essential) monitoring Dynamic data makes it an integral member of the Condition Monitoring Team.

The LUBExpert kit remains the same, the additional Dynamic option could be purchased separately.

Monitor Greasing and Lubrication with LUBExpert

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LUBExpert Training

LUBEXpert Essentials™

LUBExpert Essentials™ is a training that has been developed to help users correctly grease bearings, and it is the initial step towards building a world-class lubrication team.

LUBExpert Essentials™ is a two-part course that is made up of 16 modules followed by a test that offers users their very own digital LUBExpert Essentials Badge if they pass the exam.

LUBExpert Implementation Master Class

Having a Master Class customized to individual requirements, the users can get the most out of their LUBExpert Solution.

Currently, the LUBExpert Implementation Master Class is available in SDT’s training selection. This course has been developed to provide users with the theoretical and practical expertise that they need to design a world-class bearing lubrication program.

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Specifications

Source: SDT Ultrasound Solutions

General
External Sensor(s) SDT LUBEsense1 only
Internal Sensor(s) Infrared Temperature
Software Compatibility Ultranalysis Suite 3
System
Operating System Linux
CPU ARM9
Data memory 256 Mb
Signal Processing
Dynamic range 109 dB
Resolution 16 bits
Sampling rate 256 kHz
Response time <10 ms
Ultrasound Measurement
Measuring Range -15 to 120 dBμV
Resolution <0.1 dBμV
Signal to Noise Ratio -6 dB
Bandwidth 36,1 to 40,4 kHz
Condition Indicators RMS, maxRMS, Peak, Crest Factor
Heterodyne Sampling Rate 8000 Samples/s (dynamic version)
Temperature Measurement
Measuring Range -70 to +380 °C/94 to +716 °F
Accuracy (0 to 50 °C / 32 to 122 °F) ± 0.5 °C/± 32.9 °F
Field of View (attenuation of 50%) 10°
Data Collector
Memory Capacity More than 10,000 data distributed over more than 10,000 measurement locations
Mechanical Characteristics
Display Graphic Backlit LCD (128 x 64)
Housing Extruded Aluminum, Shockproof Rubber Protection
Dimensions 226 x 90 x 40 mm / 8.90 x 3.54 x 1.57 in (L x W x H)
Weight 830 g/29,3 oz
Operating and Storage Temperature -15 °C to +60 °C / 14 °F to 140 °F
IP rating IP 40
Power
Battery Rechargeable NiMH battery.
Nominal Capacity 4.4 mAH
Autonomy +8 Hours
Recharge Time 6 Hours
Battery Charger 110-230 VAC, 50/60 Hz
Headphone
Noise Reduction Rating 25 dB

 

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