Equipment managers frequently inquire about the best way to set up lubrication equipment in a shop. This can vary greatly depending on the size and layout of the shop, and what type of equipment is being serviced.
In smaller shops, tank packages work very well. Tank packages consist of a tank (usually 500 gallons or less), a 5:1 pump, and a hose and reel. These can sit between bays and reach vehicles on either side.
In larger shops, many customers prefer to store the tanks and pumps in a central location. Piping or tubing is then run overhead from the pumps to reel banks, which can be located between service bays. Please note that with overhead line runs greater than 100 feet and multiple reel banks, it may be necessary to increase the size of piping or tubing and the pump.
Castrol can help you with your decision or put you in contact with a contractor that can recommend the right equipment for your shop needs.
Cold weather is right around the corner. During the winter months, oils and greases get harder and more difficult to pump when the products are stored outside or in an area that is not heated. Increasing the inlet air pressure to a pump is not a good solution, as it ends up putting a greater demand on the air motor and shortens its life.
Industrial warehouses such as Grainger sell heat blankets that fit 55-gallon drums and kegs. You can also install heat tape on exposed air lines that feed air to the pumps; this will help to keep the moisture from freezing in the air lines. Other options include installing tarps or other insulation around tanks and lines, and, if applicable, finding a way to safely heat storage areas.
Please contact Mark Hinson at the Castrol Equipment Help Desk. He can be reached at 704-999-0249 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.