Here is a simple lube tip on the proper way to connect a grease gun to a fitting, as featured in this month’s issue of Machinery and Equipment MRO Magazine.
The SKF Lubrication Product Division is running a special promotion on specific items purchased by end users between April 1, 2017 and June 30, 2017. There are eighteen different products to select from. Purchasing any one of the listed products qualifes the end user for a VISA gift card. End users can mail in proof of purchase to receive a VISA gift card ranging from $10 – $50 per item. Customers can purchase multiple items and get a VISA gift card worth up to a total of $250. Click here to view the list of items in the promotion and to download the claim form with full details on how to claim your gift card. Follow all the instructions on the form and send all receipts and other materials.
If you’re attending the National Heavy Equipment Show 2017 on April 6-7, check out the exciting new products featured at the FLO Booth. This year, our booth will feature a Weiler P385B Asphalt Paver. The versatile, work-anywhere, pave-anything P385B delivers outstanding performance in a wide range of applications – Highway-class productivity in a small, maneuverable package. This particular P385B unit will come complete with a FLO Components Lincoln brand Automatic Greasing System for heavy equipment and QuickFitTM Onboard Oil Change System installed.
Other products featured in the booth this year include:
• Portable Magnetic TrailerCamsTM. A revolutionary new product solution for blind spots, the TrailerCamTM is a magnetic, wireless, rechargeable battery operated back-up camera that requires NO invasive installation. The product literally can be placed (using strong, rugged magnets) on the side or rear of any trailer or equipment, up to 100 Feet in distance, and communicate to the monitor in the cab with zero latency or interference.
• SKF Hose Connection Control System (HCC) to monitor the grease lines in automatic greasing systems on trucks and heavy equipment (construction, road building, mining, etc.). The HCC is designed to check for breaks in the grease hose, and alerts the machine operator immediately if there is a fault in either the main line from the pump or in the feed lines to the bearing points.
• The SKF brand MonoFlex (formerly Vogel) fluid type Autogreaser for over-the-road trucks. The MonoFlex uses a totally electric pump, so there is no air required and therefore no impact on the truck air system, and will operate with any brand of fluid grease (NLGI #000 to 00) that meets the system specifications.
Introducing a revolutionary new product solution for blind spots – the Portable TrailerCamTM. The Portable TrailerCamTM is a magnetic, wireless, rechargeable battery operated camera that requires NO invasive installation. The product literally can be placed (using strong, rugged magnets) on the side or rear of any truck, trailer or equipment, up to 100 Feet in distance, and can communicate high quality video images and audio to the display monitor in the cab with zero latency or interference.
The TrailerCamTM is waterproof, dustproof and extremely rugged – capable of withstanding the highest industry standards for shock and vibrations. For companies with multiple trailer fleets or equipment, the TrailerCamTM allows for usage with different trailers, swapping trailers and pairing with other TrailerCamTM devices.
Proudly designed and engineered in the USA, the Patent Pending Portable TrailerCamTM will dramatically and conveniently eliminate blind spots. FLO will be featuring the TrailerCamTM in Booth #3849 at NHES, with demos and system experts on hand to answer questions.
Be sure to visit the FLO Components booth #3849 at the National Heavy Equipment Show 2017 on April 6-7. We will be featuring the new QuickFitTM Onboard Oil Change System, Lincoln brand Automatic Greasing Systems for heavy equipment, SKF MonoFlex brand of Fluid Grease Automatic Lube Systems for trucks and Service Garage Bulk Fluid Handling & Inventory Control Systems with several different working demos and system experts on hand to answer your questions.
Pre-Register online today using Promo Code: NHS1056 to reserve you Complimentary 2-Day Pass! Click here to register for FREE at the NHES online registration form, courtesy of FLO Components Ltd. (cost of admission at the door is $20 daily). If you register by March 23rd, 2017 your badge will be mailed to you, otherwise you can pick it up at the pre-registration counter on site. Show badges are valid for all show days.
The National Heavy Equipment Show, Canada’s largest heavy equipment show, returns for its 20th anniversary edition this April. This show has evolved into a must-attend event, showcasing the leaders of the heavy equipment, road building, construction, snow removal, and aggregates sectors, as well as other related industries. To find out more about NHES, click here.
If you’re attending Conexpo 2017, don’t miss out on all the great activities happening at the SKF Booth #N-13266:
• The No. 2 SKF Ford Fusion NASCAR will be featured in the SKF booth during the entire show.
• Wed, March 8th, 1 – 3 pm: Hear Team Penske NASCAR Competition Director Travis Geisler
• Thurs, March 9th, 10 am – 12 noon: Meet Joey Logano, driver of the No. 22 Shell Pennzoil Ford Fusion.
• Register to win a pair of race tickets to a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race each day of the show.
• Register to win an authentic racing helmet autographed by all member of Team Penske, including Roger Penske.
• Take advantage of autograph and photo opportunities with Joey Logano, Travis Geisler, and the No. 2 SKF Ford Fusion NASCAR
To find out more, click here to view the SKF Promotional Announcement.
SKF has introduced the Lincoln 800030 Digital Grease Flow Detector for automatic lubrication systems. The Grease Flow Detector has been designed to generate a confirmation signal to verify lubrication events. Installed between the metering device and the bearing, the model 800030 is a positive- displacement flow detector consisting of oval gears. Signals are communicated to a control unit or PLC, detecting both small 0,016 cm³ (0.001 in³) and large 8,19 cm³ (0.5 in³) grease flow. Also, in the case of lubrication failure, the sensor signals the controller so that appropriate action can be taken. Usable with PLC control or with control units like LMC 301. The Grease Flow Detector is ideal for applications in steel mills, paper mills, glass plants and other heavy industries.
Features and benefits:
• Verifies receipt of lubricant
• Helps prevent bearing failures to reduce unplanned downtime
• Signals controller in case of lubrication failure
• Blinking LED indicates processed signals
• For power supply 12 to 30 V DC
Looking to brush up your maintenance staff’s lubrication skills and knowledge? Sign them up for our March 1 Lube Basics Seminar in Grimsby, ON. Improper lubrication accounts for 53% of all bearing failures, a major cause of equipment downtime and significant unnecessary maintenance costs. FLO Lube Basics Seminars are designed to help you avoid these failures by turning your personnel into Lubrication Specialists. Each FLO Components 1-day Seminar maintains a balance of theory and practical – time allocation: 50% in class, 50% “hands on” training. Each is designed and presented as an unbiased, 3rd party lubrication training program – we don’t sell to you, we teach you what you need to know.
Machinery and Equipment MRO Magazine held part 3 of their Oil & Lube Webinar Series on November 17, 2016 entitled What is the lubricant’s role in energy efficiency? Once again, FLO Components Vice President, Mike Deckert was a panelist.
The webinar considered the various ways energy savings can be measured directly or indirectly. A panel of experts provided practical advice on how to save energy and reduce operating costs through reduced maintenance, longer oil change intervals and less wear.
The complete webinar can be downloaded for free from the MRO website here.
Developed as a service tool, the new Lincoln wire rope lubricator is attached periodically to equipment on a monthly, quarterly or other cycle to lubricate steel wire ropes.
The Lincoln wire rope lubricator eliminates manual lubrication and, in turn, yields less downtime and longer service life. This reliable tool forces lubricant into the wire rope core to reduce friction and heat generation, which increases service life. The life cycle of a steel wire rope that has been periodically lubricated is approximately six to eight times longer than a wire rope that has not been lubricated.
The wire rope lubricator is easy to use and supports all types of grease lubricants typically utilized for this task. Fast and efficient, the lubricator helps to prevent corrosion and reduces waste and contamination.
Machinery and Equipment MRO Magazine held part 2 of their Oil & Lube Webinar Series on October 5, 2016 entitled Safe Performance: Minimize lubrication risk in operations, and FLO Components Vice President, Mike Deckert was a panelist.
Can a lubricant influence your safety performance? Some of the greatest risks to an operation typically occur during equipment servicing and maintenance. One way to ensure a safe environment is to reduce human-machine-interaction (HMI). This effort should be supported by best practices that enhance safety in a lubrication program.
Panelists tackled common questions, including:
1. How does the quality of a lubricant affect the service interval?
2. What properties should maintenance personnel consider in selecting the best lubricant for the task?
3. How do we minimize risk factors?
4. What processes, technologies or best practices and services can we tap into?
The complete webinar can be downloaded for free from the MRO website here.
Be sure to visit FLO Components at CWRE 2016 on November 9-10 in Booth #1305. We will be featuring the new QuickFitTM Onboard Oil Change System, SKF MonoFlex brand of Fluid Grease Auto Lube Systems and Lincoln Fluid Inventory Control Systems for garages or vehicle service facilities, with several different working demos and system experts on hand to answer your questions.
We would like to offer you free passes to the show. Use this link to go to the registration form and pre-register for free, courtesy of FLO Components Ltd. (tickets are normally $40 per person).
The Canadian Waste & Recycling Expo is the premier event in Canada for waste & recycling professionals. Discover the latest innovations in waste, recycling and public works. CWRE 2016 takes place at the International Centre, located near Pearson International Airport in Toronto. To find out more about CWRE visit the CWRE website.
Effective May 1, 2016, FLO Components is now responsible for product sales, installation and service of the complete line of RPM Industries LLC QuickFitTM centralized fleet fluid maintenance systems. With the RPM Industries product line, FLO has a complete range of engine pre-lubrication and fluid evacuation technologies that automate routine maintenance of heavy equipment to save owners and dealers time and money.
With just one fitting per compartment, the QuickFitTM system allows you to service most machines in less than 30 minutes. It makes fluid maintenance cleaner, safer and faster for all makes and models. Because the process is repeatable, it’s easier for you to schedule and plan routine PM services. Maintenance becomes easier, your productivity goes up and the risk of spills and contamination is virtually eliminated.
Be sure to visit FLO Components at TRUCK WORLD 2016 on April 14-16 in Booth #5638. We will be featuring the SKF MonoFlex brand of Fluid Grease Auto Lube Systems, with several different working demos and system experts on hand to answer your questions.
We would like to offer you free passes to the show. Use this link to go to the registration form and create a New Registration for free, courtesy of FLO Components Ltd. (tickets are normally $10 before April 8, $20 after April 8). Once you’ve entered your name, use the VIP Code “FLO” on the next screen in the “VIP Show Pass” box and complete your free registration.
Truck World is the meeting place for Canada’s trucking industry, with new products, new ideas, new solutions and 300,000 square feet of trucks, equipment and technology. Truck World takes place at the International Centre, located near Pearson International Airport in Toronto. To find out more about Truck World visit their website: www.truckworld.ca.
About the MonoFlex Automatic Greasing System:
1) Uses a fluid type grease NLGI #000 to 00 – it will operate with any brand of fluid grease that meets the system specifications – you don’t have to use a specific brand.
2) Totally Electric Pump – there is no air required and therefore no impact on the truck air system.
3) Pressure Gauge – installed at the pump as a standard, a pressure gauge allows for visual monitoring of the system pressure during regular maintenance inspections and helps you trouble-shoot the pump and main line.
4) Adjustable Grease Distributors – individual piston distributors can be easily adjusted by changing the screw-in volume caps, to increase or decrease the volume of grease to each point, without having to disconnect any of the grease lines.
In setting up a Lubrication Program, you first have to understand that any Asset Management Program, to be viable and sustainable, must be based on three fundamental, equally important support pillars: Management Support; Training & Tools; and Ownership / Personnel. If any of the pillars fail, the whole program will fail.
Management Support ensures the needed resources are allocated to the program. Training ensures that there is a sufficient amount of knowledge, understanding and buy-in among all the parties involved (front-line workers, senior management, etc.). Personnel Ownership guarantees the program is carried out as planned.
It’s a simple enough concept – so why does lubrication require special consideration? Manual lubrication is still today, the predominant method of lubrication, with over 95% of all bearings lubed manually. View the article “Lubrication & the Three Pillars of an Asset Management Program” published in the 2015 Oil & Lubrication Digital Supplement of PEM and REM Magazines.
FLO has released the schedule for its 2015 Lube Basics Seminars. Improper lubrication accounts for 53% of all bearing failures, a major cause of equipment downtime and significant unnecessary maintenance costs. FLO Lube Basics Seminars are designed to help you avoid these failures by turning your personnel into Lubrication Specialists. Each FLO Components 1-day Seminar maintains a balance of theory and practical – time allocation: 50% in class, 50% “hands on” training. Each is designed and presented as an unbiased, 3rd party lubrication training program – we don’t sell to you, we teach you what you need to know.
Lubrication solutions specialist FLO Components Ltd. has announced its introduction into Canada, of the new Hose Connection Control System (HCC) to monitor the grease lines in automatic greasing systems on trucks and heavy equipment (construction, road building, mining, etc.). The HCC is designed to check for breaks in the grease hose, and alerts the machine operator immediately if there is a fault in either the main line from the pump or in the feed lines to the bearing points. To find out more, click here to view the Hose Connection Control System Announcement.
Successful companies in the construction, road building, mining and other heavy equipment industries are constantly seeking new solutions and advanced technology to reduce costs, minimize downtime and maximize productivity. Can lubrication play a role in that? You bet! Automatic Lubrication Systems, also known as autogreasers, autolube or centralized grease systems, help eliminate unplanned and unnecessary expenses related to improper lubrication. This article outlines the basics you need to know about Automatic Greasing Systems on mobile equipment. View the article: Understanding Automatic Greasing Systems, published in the March 2015 issue of On-Site Magazine.
Successful companies in today’s ever-changing food and beverage industries are constantly seeking new solutions and advanced technology to maintain freshness, reduce spoilage, and maximize their productivity. In this perpetual move towards increased automation, proper lubrication of new high-speed advanced-technology machinery is essential. Unfortunately, food and beverage industries also have some of the toughest environmental conditions for maintaining machinery. Moisture, extreme heat, extreme cold, product spills and sanitary wash-down procedures all adversely affect lubrication processes and can severely reduce bearing life or cause failure.
Automatic Lubrication Systems can be used on equipment in a wide range of food and beverage applications, including bottling, canning, meat & poultry processing, and bakeries, as well as for different packaging machines such as palletizers, stretch wrappers, labellers, air-bubble wrapping systems, flexible packaging systems, laminated packaging systems, stackers, carton formers and more. View the Automatic Lubrication Systems for Food & Beverage article published in the 2014 Food & Beverage Engineering and Maintenance Winter digital edition of PEM Magazine.
FLO Components – “Meeting Customers’ Needs Better” as it continues to expand its resources to better serve manufacturing, construction, road building, aggregate, mining and trucking companies in the London and Sudbury regions. FLO’s dedicated installation and service vehicles, stationed in each area, will provide local service for both SKF and LINCOLN brand lube systems.
What’s the Return On Investment when you purchase an Automatic Lubrication System for a piece of industrial equipment? Ever wonder how long it will take for the Auto Lube System to pay itself off? FLO’s new ROI Calculator lets you figure it out, taking into account such critical factors as Labour Cost to manually grease, Lost Production due to manually greasing, Cost of Component Failure due to manually greasing and more.
Ideal for applications with highly stressed bearings or high levels of contamination, CircOil Systems are centralized lubrication systems that CONTINUOUSLY circulate fresh, clean oil to lubricate and seal out contaminants at individual lube points, while at the same time cooling the bearing surfaces. View the Circulating Oil Lubrication Systems article published in the 2014 Oil & Lubrication Digital Supplement of PEM and REM Magazines.
Watch this video to learn more about FLO Components, Canada’s first LINCOLN and SKF dual brand System House, and our commitment to “Meeting Customers’ Needs Better” with qualified, well trained people who focus at making us the best at responding quickly, at installing professionally and at providing quality customized lubrication solutions for all our customers – done right the first time.
This month’s video tip, “Air-Operated Lube Pump Ratios” is now live on YouTube. This video looks at pump ratios on air-operated lube pumps – what they stand for and why it’s important.
FLO Components is proud to announce that it has received a letter of intent from SKF Lubrication Business Unit (LBU) designating FLO Components as a SKF LBU System House for both LINCOLN and SKF brands. In November 2012, FLO reached an agreement with SKF LBU to become a key distributor in Ontario, of SKF Brand Lubrication Products and Solutions for industrial applications (manufacturing, processing & packaging). With this new announcement, FLO becomes the first official SKF LBU System House able to offer the entire spectrum of LINCOLN and SKF Lube Solutions, for all applications including on-road trucks and vehicles and off-road mobile and stationary equipment.
Effective May 1st 2013, SKF Lubrication Solutions restructured its frontline operations and appointed FLO Components Ltd. as their full service & support partner for Ontario. FLO is now stocking a full inventory of SKF lube product. Over the short-term, the current SKF Technical & Engineering support team will work alongside FLO to ensure the transition is as seamless as possible. In fact, FLO is pleased to announce it has hired an Installation Technician from SKF to join its current service and installation team.
FLO Components is now offering the SKF SYSTEM 24 Gas Driven Single Point Automatic Lubricators. These gas generating units are supplied ready-to-use straight from the box and filled with a wide range of high performance SKF lubricants. Tool-free activation and time-setting allow easy and accurate adjustment of lubrication flow.
To download our Newsletter about the SKF System 24, click here.
This month’s video tip, “Things To Know About Grease Fittings” is now live on YouTube. Grease fittings come in different sizes, threads, lengths, adaptations and even styles. This video is an introduction to some of the common characteristics and the more important things to know about grease fittings and couplers.
This month’s video tip, “Single Point Automatic Lubricators: Part 2” is now live on YouTube. This eagerly awaited sequel to “Single Point Automatic Lubricators: Part 1” digs deeper into how these units operate and their set-up.
FLO Components is now offering the new perma FLEX, an ideal single-point lubrication system for all types of applications and industries. This gas generating unit produces the required pressure to continuously supply the lubrication points with fresh lubricant for the selected discharge period. And activation has never been easier – just turn the switch to the required discharge period (1 – 12 months) and perma FLEX is ready to go. Ingress protection to IP 68 level guarantees reliable lubrication in extremely dusty and moist environments. The wide operating temperature range of -20 °C to 60 °C makes it suitable for many applications indoors and outdoors and it is sized to fit into small or tight applications. If needed, the discharge period can even be adjusted after activation, and it can be switched off during longer non-operation periods.
Some other features to note:
1) Comes in two convenient sizes – 60 and 125 cm³.
2) User friendly all-in-one system, comes fully assembled and can be activated quickly and easily without tools.
3) Customized lubricants – perma FLEX can be filled with grease or oil that meets the specific requirements of your application.
FLO Components Ltd. is proud to announce that it has reached an agreement with SKF Group – Lubrication Business Unit to become a key distributor of SKF Brand Lubrication Products and Solutions in Ontario.
Commenting on this announcement, Mr. Chris Deckert, President of FLO Components said; “We’ve been lube solutions experts and trusted lubrication advisors for our clients since 1977. Now we have even more solutions to offer. The “SKF branded” lube product compliments the “Lincoln branded” lube product, filling in gaps which existed in the Lincoln line for some unique special applications. With the addition of the SKF “branded” lube product line, our customers are now supported by an even more complete one-stop shop for all their lubrication needs. Combined with our thirty-five years focus on customer service, one phone call is all it takes.”
A local Toronto TV network recently did an interesting story on Schools trying to meet the huge demand for skilled workers in the construction industry. Click here to see the video on Toronto Companies seeking trade workers on their website.
This month’s video tip, “Single Point Automatic Lubricators: Part 1” is now live on YouTube. Single point automatic lubricators are designed to lubricate a single point or few points, often in remote or hard to reach locations or when larger Automatic Lubrication Systems aren’t feasible. This video is an introduction to single point automatics.
This month’s video tip, “The 5 Main Components of an Automatic Lubrication System” is now live on YouTube. This video walks you through the five main components that make up any auto lube system, regardless of the brand or operating principle of the system.
Do you run a vehicle service facility? Ever wonder how much money is lost due to undocumented oil transactions or how much more labour time you could have to generate additional revenue if you automated your current fluid dispensing system? Find out what your Additional Profits could be and the Return On Investment when you purchase a FLO Components Fluid Inventory Control System.
Click here to calculate the ROI on a Fluid Inventory Control System
This month’s video tip, “How a Single-Block Progressive Metering Valve Operates” is now live on YouTube. This video features the internal mechanics of a progressive type grease metering valve on in automatic lubrication system and some important aspects to note when designing or modifying a system.
Lube Tips by FLO Components is back with its second season. Check out this months video: “What a Properly Lubricated Bearing Looks Like“. Both under-lubrication and over-lubrication can be devastating to a bearing. This video shows how a properly lubricated bearing should look.
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The Honourable Glen R. Murray, Ontario’s Minister of Training, Colleges, and Universities was at the FLO Components Mississauga office on Jan. 30 to launch the 2012 annual Minister’s Awards for Apprenticeship Training. This Award celebrates employers that show leadership in training apprentices, support the apprenticeship training system, and promote careers in skilled trades.
Each year, Ontario honours exceptional employers for supporting the province’s economic future through their commitment to apprenticeship training. In the Spring, a short list of the top 16 employers candidates are selected all of the nominated employers throughout the province. In June, four winners are selected from the nominees by a panel of apprenticeship experts from different sectors, including labour organizations, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and community colleges.
As the 2011 winner in the Central Region, FLO Components was asked to host this year’s Award Announcement. Catch some of the highlights of the announcement in this video. The event kicked off with a brief introduction by FLO’s President, Chris Deckert followed by a speech from the heart by apprentice Adam Madott and concluded with the Minister’s announcement.
For more info on the awards and how to nominate an employer in your community, visit www.ontario.ca/apprenticeshipawards. Completed nomination forms are due by February 29, 2012, and can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This month’s video tip, “Winter-Prepping Your Automatic Greasing System” is now live on YouTube. This video lists things you should do before winter to make sure your automatic lubrication system operates properly throughout the cold winter months.
What’s the Return On Investment when you purchase an Automatic Greasing System? Ever wonder how long it will take for the Autogreaser to pay itself off? FLO’s new ROI Calculator lets you figure it out, taking into account such critical factors as Labour Cost to manually grease, Lost Production due to manually greasing, Cost of Component Failure due to manually greasing and more.
Click here to calculate the ROI on an Automatic Lubrication System.
This month’s video tip, “Progressive vs. Parallel Automatic Lubrication Systems” is now live on YouTube. There are different operating principles by which Autogreasers are designed. The 2 most common types of ALS used on mobile equipment are Series Progressive and Parallel. This video discusses some of the major differences.
This article outlines the basics you need to know about Automatic Greasing Systems, including: eight reasons you would want to use an Automatic Lubrication System; the two most common types of ALS used on mobile equipment and how they work; and asking the right questions when you’re sourcing a system. View the Autogreasers-101 article published in the September/October 2011 issue of Aggregates & Roadbuilding Magazine.
This month’s video tip, “Spare Parts Kit for Auto Lube Systems” is now live on YouTube. You can’t afford to have your machine sitting in the shop for hours because of a broken line or fitting on the lube system. This video shows you some of the tools and supplies you should keep in your cab to address minor problems you may encounter in the field.
FLO Components was well represented in the September 2011 issue of Ontario Trucking News Magazine with an Automatic Lubrication Systems Feature and a Spotlight article on FLO Components itself. Click here to view the article.
This month’s video tip, “How to Fill a Grease Gun from Bulk Containers” is now live on YouTube. For most companies, there comes a time when it becomes more economical to buy grease in bulk instead of cartridges. This video shows you how to modify your grease gun so you can fill it from bulk, as well as the procedures for filling the gun from a bulk container or filler pump.
Be sure to check out the new FLO Resource Library Page by clicking on the “Library” drop down option from the main menu bar above. This page will feature How-to Videos and informative documents for automatic greasing systems (a.k.a. central lubrication systems, automated greasing systems, autogreasers), equipment and supplies.
This month’s video tip, “Questions To Ask When Sourcing an Automatic Greasing System” is now live on YouTube. There are several manufacturers offering automatic lubrication systems in the industry today, so when you’re sourcing a system, it’s important to make sure you’re comparing apples to apples. Make sure you ask the questions in this video.
FLO is proud to announce that it has won the annual Minister’s Awards for Apprenticeship Training, as the top employer in the Central Region. This region contains over 50% of Ontario’s manufacturing, mining and heavy industrial (steel making) companies, plus 100% of the automotive manufacturing plants. The award was presented on June 15 at the Minister’s 2011 Apprenticeship Graduation ceremony in Mississauga, by Linda Jeffrey, M.P.P. for Brampton-Springdale and the Provincial Minister of Natural Resources.
Each year, Ontario honours exceptional employers for their commitment to apprenticeship training. In Late May, FLO made the short list of the top 16 employers in the province for the Award. This award celebrates employers that show leadership in training apprentices, supporting the apprenticeship training system, and who promote careers in skilled trades. Each June, four winners are selected from the nominees by a panel of apprenticeship experts from different sectors, including labour organizations, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and community colleges.
This month’s video tip, “How to Properly Fill a Lube Reservoir on Automatic Greasers” is now live on YouTube. The incorrect method of refilling the lube reservoir through the lid will result in contamination of the system and ultimately leads to system breakdowns and unnecessary repairs or replacement costs. This how-to video shows you some of the alternatives available for properly filling the reservoir and some pitfalls to watch out for.
The unfortunate reality for most companies today is that the current in-plant lube program is not something that was proactively planned out and
implemented. Instead, it was a piecemeal process, developed over many years over the life of the company through the addition of new equipment, processes and personnel. As a result, any number of problems can occur. All hope is not lost for the maintenance professional, however. A Lube Audit can help, whether it’s conducted for an entire plant, certain locations or processes within the plant or just on specific machines. View the lube audit benefits article published in the June 2011 issue of PEM Magazine.
To view this article on the PEM website click here.
FLO is pleased to announce it has received the Lincoln Industrial Corp. “Distinguished Distributor Award” for 2010. This award is presented annually for outstanding sales performance to one or two distributors in North America. This is FLO’s fifth time receiving this particular recognition, the previous years being 1999, 2002, 2005 and 2007.
In the coming months, FLO will be producing and posting a series of “How-To” videos on YouTube. The first of these videos, “How to use a pressure gauge on an automatic greasing system” is now live. Does your Automatic Greasing system include a pressure gauge? A pressure gauge allows for visual monitoring of the system pressure during regular maintenance inspections. This video explains how it works.
FLO Components is proud to announce that it has received the Lincoln Industrial Corp. special “Celebrating 100 Years” distributor award. According to Mr. Len Shpeley, Lincoln’s Ontario District Sales Manager; “This award was developed to recognize a select few distributors who over the long term consistently supported Lincoln in growing not just sales and market share but also product and new market development. Over the last 35 years, FLO Components has and continues to set the standard for other Lincoln Systems Houses. We look forward to many more years of mutual success!”
FLO has been the leading distributor for Lincoln in Ontario since 1977. The Company received the “Distinguished Distributor Award” which is awarded annually for outstanding sales performance to one or two distributors in North America, in 1999, 2002, 2005 and 2007. Commenting on this most recent award, Mr. Chris Deckert, President of FLO Components said; “It was an honour to receive this award. Not many Companies can say that for over two generations we have been a key partner with a global leader. Our thanks go to everyone at FLO who focus at making us the best at responding quickly, at installing professionally and at providing quality customized lubrication solutions for all our customers – done right the first time. This award is an indication to us that, over the long term, we are getting it right.”
Stay on top of FLO news, announcements, job postings and events through Facebook and LinkedIn. Stay tuned to our You Tube channel over the coming months as we post helpful “how-to” videos related to lubrication and automatic greasing systems.
Lincoln has introduced three new Professional Rotary Drum Pumps for reliable, no-mess fluid transfer in automotive, agricultural and construction applications. Models 1385 and 1385-H move oils, diesel, kerosene, coolant, non-corrosive materials, petroleum-based fluids, hydraulic oils and ATF, while FM-approved Model 1387 safely moves gasoline as well. In addition to outstanding vacuum capability, each self-priming pump features a graphite three-vane design for smooth fluid flow and no-splash fills. The high-tolerance, micro-finished bores and vanes provide maximum pump life, and the internal check of each pump prevents drain back and ensures immediate restarting. Each pump has a seal-tight telescoping pick-up tube with strainer for 16- to 55-gallon drums with a 2-inch bung. Model 1385-H and Model 1387 include a heavy-duty 8-foot by ¾-inch anti-static hose with non-sparking aluminum nozzle. Model 1387 also features a flame arrestor and anti-siphoning vacuum break.
FLO Components is happy to announce that Glasvan Trailers Inc. has chosen to use FLO’s Automatic Lubrication Systems (ALS) as part of a limited-time special offer for new live bottom trailer purchases. Anyone who orders a new Etnyre Falcon Live Bottom 3, 4 or 5 axle trailer from Glasvan by December 15, 2010 will receive a FLO (Lincoln) ALS at half price. View the Press Release: FLO Components Autogreasers Chosen for Glasvan Live Bottom Trailer Special
The Falcon live bottom trailers are now in stock, so customers can visit a dealership to get a first-hand look at the new product line. Located in Mississauga, Glasvan is also the Ontario dealer for Great Dane, Landoll & Chaparral, plus Capacity Shunt Trucks. For more information on GLASVAN’s products, call 888-GLASVAN or visit their website at www.glasvangreatdane.com to see a video of the Etynre Falcon Live Bottom trailer lineup in action.
Lincoln has introduced its new High Volume PowerMaster Grease Pumps. Designed for the quick transfer of grease from drums and bulk containers, the 12:1 and 24:1 pumps are ideal for filling automatic lubrication system reservoirs, transferring grease to smaller containers and feeding measuring ejectors with restricted priming pressure. The pumps offer positive priming with a shovel-type foot valve and provide 60 percent more output/stroke than Lincoln’s previous highest volume PowerMaster. When pumping #2 grease with a 4.25-inch air motor at 70 degrees Fahrenheit at 100 psi, the 12:1 pump provides up to 8 gpm (60 lb.) free delivery and up to 6 gpm (45 lb.) through a 20-foot by 1-inch hose. The pumps are offered in 400-pound drum and stub length versions to fit a wide range of container sizes. An optional adapter is available which allows the pumps to be used with containers having 3-inch camlock outlets.
Improper lubrication accounts for 53% of all bearing failures, a major cause of equipment downtime and significant unnecessary maintenance costs. The majority of failures are caused by: contamination of bushings by dust, dirt and moisture; inadequate amounts of lubricant applied to bearings; or over-lubrication of key pivot points. This article outlines 5 common lubrication mistakes and how to avoid them. View the article: The five most common lubrication mistakes, published in the Aug/Sept 2010 issue of Heavy Equipment Guide Magazine.
An Automatic Lubrication System will not replace your regular equipment maintenance inspection. You still have to check for loose or damaged lines and make sure that everything is operating smoothly. So you might be asking yourself; “What’s the point of using an ALS?” Here are 8 reasons why you would use an Automatic Lubrication System. View the article: 8 Reasons for Using an Autogreaser published in the July 2010 issue of Ontario Trucking News.
There are several leading factors that contribute to accelerated chain wear, including incorrect chain selection and installation, inadequate chain tension, environmental exposure and, of course, improper lubrication. In fact, according to chain manufacturers, 70 percent of all failures are a direct result of some form of improper lubrication. Here are a few key factors to consider for the various types of lubrication methods. View the chain lubrication system article published in the June 2010 issue of PEM Magazine.
Over the last 100 years, London Machinery of London, Ontario has not only provided concrete trucks that helped build Canada, they have become Canada’s leading brand of concrete mixer. Now part of Oshkosh Corporation, London Machinery integrates FLO Components’ Auto Lube System into their McNeilus Bridgemaster mixers. View the London Machinery Concrete Mixers Go With FLO Auto Greasing Systems article published in the May 2010 issue of Heavy Equipment Guide Magazine.
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FLO Components is now offering the new P203 RemoteLinc™ pump as part of its automatic lubrication systems for fleets using telematics (telecommunication technology). Auto lube systems (ALS) dispense small measured amounts of grease at frequent intervals while your equipment is operating, maintaining a consistent lubricant seal to prevent dirt and contaminants from migrating into bearings. Designed to communicate with wireless systems, the new P203 RemoteLinc™ unit combines the proven Quicklub® 203 pump with two independent outputs to link the ALS to telematics systems. The unit easily interfaces with OEM and aftermarket telematics systems. Fleet managers can now be remotely notified when the lubricant reservoir in their ALS is low so that they know when to dispatch a lube truck. The RemoteLinc P203 can also immediately alarm managers when the ALS is in fault and a service technician must be contacted. Users can then more effectively manage and reduce refill service visits (the lube truck visits only when the pump is low on grease) and reduce cost by receiving immediate, real-time alerts when lubricant is low or the system is in fault.
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Automatic greasing systems have been fitted to two of Gazzola Paving’s wheel loaders, Caterpillar 950 and 966 units, as well as a Roadtec SB2500 Shuttle Buggy material transfer vehicle. On both wheel loaders, the lubrication system greases joints on the bucket arms, bucket pins, steering linkages and centre pin of the body articulating joint. The Shuttle Buggy’s system focuses on the unit’s conveyor system and lubricates bearings on the head and tail shaft pulleys of conveyors two and three, conveyor idler bearings, the conveyor three pivot and the conveyor one dump and hopper bin auger bearing. View the Gazzola Paving auto lube system article published in the Nov-Dec 2009 issue of Aggregates & Roadbuilding Magazine.
FLO Components is now offering the new HTL429 Lubricator Pump for hydraulic tools. Designed to deliver precise lubrication each time a hammer or other hydraulically driven tool cycles, the pump is ideal for construction OEMs, hydraulic hammer retrofits, demolition attachments and medium to large breakers/hammers. View the hammer lube system article published in the September 2009 issue of Supply Post Newspaper.
The new 120-volt and 18-volt PowerLubers each offer power, durability and convenience. The first of its kind in the industry, the 120-volt corded PowerLuber’s motor provides the highest torque values in its class. Its variable-speed trigger combines with a two-speed transmission for precise flow control. Ideal for filling grease reservoirs, the 120-volt grease gun is an excellent alternative to pneumatic lube tools. This corded grease gun eliminates the need for carrying around extra batteries or for compressed air supply.
Developed for heavy-duty applications, the 18-volt PowerLuber features a high-output motor and battery technologies that unite to provide outstanding run time. The grease gun delivers exceptional performance in high-pressure applications, and its two-speed transmission provides a high-volume grease flow option. Each model features a high-strength composite body and metal gear and pump housing for longevity. In addition, each tool has a balanced, ergonomic design to reduce operator fatigue and increase productivity.
FLO Components will be exhibiting its Automatic Lubrication Systems at the 2009 Fergus Truck Show. “We will be showcasing one of our client’s trucks in our booth, so people will get to see an actual installed system in addition to several different working demos. We will also be featuring one of our industry exclusive, fully equipped Mobile Workshops.” View the autogreaser systems at Fergus Truck Show article published in the June 2009 issue of Ontario Trucking News Magazine.
Lack of knowledge about lubrication, lack of knowledge about lubricants, and a lack of concern among companies about the importance of lubrication issues are the top three problems with industrial lubrication today. Automatic systems can solve many of the issues related to manual lubrication methods. View the biggest lube problems article published in the June 2009 issue of MRO Magazine.
The new Lincoln Model 5805 Impact Fitting Cleaner as a time-saving alternative to fitting replacement and joint disassembly. Designed to eliminate downtime caused by dried blockages, the Impact Fitting Cleaner clears obstructions by allowing lightweight oil or solvents to enter the clog with a quick burst of pressure. The Model 5805 also cleans bearing and joint surfaces of hardened grease so that fresh grease can be applied. The Impact Fitting Cleaner includes a steel drive cylinder, hardened piston and safety shield. In addition the Model 5805 comes with a high-pressure hose for hard-to-access fittings, spare drive seals and Lincoln’s Model 5852 Coupler.
Lincoln has introduced its new Model 1162 Automatic Pneumatic Grease Gun to simplify the task of lubrication. Designed with a variable speed trigger, the gun provides superior flow control with the convenience of fully automatic operation. The Model 1162 features a patented pump design that ensures uninterrupted grease flow, and its ergonomic styling provides comfort and balance.
Our FlowMaster®, pumps perform well in hot and cold conditions while their compact size allows easy installation in small spaces. FlowMaster®, pumps perform well in cold or hot weather conditions while pumping high viscosity grease. The wear-compensating motor serves as a reliable, long-lasting power source. The positive displacement pump features a unique stationary plunger and reciprocating cylinder design to ensure positive priming. FlowMaster®’s compact size allows for easy installation in small spaces. The integrated control manifold allows for pressure and lubricant adjustment. Designed for heavy industry, mining and construction applications, FLO offers a wide variety of hydraulic operated pumps for an extensive range of applications.
The Reel-N-Pump Solution reduces daily manual lubrication time by half, empties the grease bucket completely and delivers grease in extreme temperatures. FLO’s new Reel-N-Flow Pump and Reel Kit meets the demands of off-road equipment. Designed to provide quick, efficient machine lubrication, this kit significantly improves on-site manual lubrication efficiency. Besides making the operators job easier, this system can also be used as a “lube truck” for other equipment on the job site. Result – reduce daily manual lubrication time by half, thereby increasing productivity and profitability.
Its 24-volt DC electric operation makes installation simple. The pump on demand will provide high-pressure of up to 6,000 PSI to overcome tight pins/bushings, blocked lube points and deliver grease in extreme temperatures. The Reel-N-Flow’s custom pump and follower design empties the grease bucket completely with no waste. Its built-in pressure switch extends service life by allowing the pump to operate only when needed. The complete package includes our proven electric FlowMaster® pump, heavy-duty hose reel, control valve and swivel.