Lubricant supply monitoring
Online grease monitoring helps to minimize bearing failures
The service life of the lubricant is the decisive value for the bearing life. The GreaseCheck grease sensor can be used for monitoring bearings lubricated with grease. The lubricant can be topped up or replaced in good time before damage occurs.
- Up-to-date information about the condition of the grease in the bearing
- No outlay for manual sampling and analysis of grease
- Allows automated, optimized, and requirement-based relubrication
- Cost savings for fresh and used grease (sustainability)
Comprehensive reasons to use GreaseCheck
Online information about the condition of the grease optimizes relubrication and saves both time and costs for offline grease analyses
Statically, grease that is in good condition allows 25% of all bearing failures to be prevented.
Even in hard-to-reach machines and facilities, the condition of the grease can be monitored without a large outlay.
- An independent, maintenance-free measuring system
- IP 67
- Interfaces: Analog, digital, and CAN bus
- Monitoring of grease’s contamination, consistency, and water content
- Small design envelope (sensor head diameter: 5 mm), suitable for a wide range of applications
Wear debris check
Particulate sensors of this type can be used to determine wear at an early stage in heavily loaded industrial gearboxes on the basis of particles in the oil. The debris particles that can indicate a failure can be detected in the oil several months in advance. Monitoring the particulate count in the lubricant makes it possible to identify damage early on. This helps to prevent consequential damage and downtime. The particulate sensor is installed in an ancillary flow of the recirculating lubrication system in the gearbox upstream of the filter or in a separate circuit.
Typical applications for the FAG Wear Debris Check can be found in gearboxes in raw material extraction plants, planetary gearboxes in wind turbines or in ship propulsion systems.
The features of the particulate sensor are as follows:
- Monitoring of the number of particles in the oil
- Differentiation of the particles into ferrous and non-ferrous metals
- Classification of the particles according to size
- Integration into an online monitoring system for linking particulate and vibration data is possible
Where oil and vibration monitoring facilities are combined, damage in gearboxes with recirculating oil lubrication can be detected at an early stage and the source can be determined accordingly. In this way, it is possible to prevent production shutdowns or secondary damage.
The grease sensor has a diameter of 5 mm and is inserted in a hole in the housing as close as possible to the rolling bearing. The sensor is positioned in the lubricant. This grease sensor optically measures the water content, turbidity, thermal and mechanical wear and the grease temperature directly in the bearing arrangement. This information is transferred by cable to the evaluation unit. The evaluation unit generates an analog signal that provides the user with information rapidly and easily on the condition of the grease.
In the past, bearings were regreased as a function of time. The grease quantities and lubrication intervals were calculated numerically. If the grease sensor is used, regreasing can be carried out as a function of condition.
The grease sensor facilitates:
- Requirement-based lubrication
- Lower lubricant costs
- Prevention of unplanned downtimes
- Lower maintenance and servicing costs
- Lower equipment costs