ENGINEERING SOLUTIONS / Post date: 1 September 2019
Companies face many hurdles when considering mobile lubrication needs for field-based equipment. It is important to be able to provide both scheduled and emergency lubrication services when needed to keep equipment functioning properly. Also, job sites can be located hundreds of miles away from the maintenance shop, making this even more of a challenge.
While some companies can afford a full-time lube/fuel truck and operator, many companies are not prepared to make that kind of investment. Purchasing a lube skid can be a cost-effective alternative that can provide much-needed flexibility.
With two or three new-oil product compartments available, standard lube skids can hold multiple types of lubricants. Each standard skid is equipped with a waste-oil recovery tank that’s outfitted with a four-way suction/dispense valve for filling or emptying the waste tank.
There is also an option to add a 120-pound grease keg system with pump and hose reel to two-product skid models.
Lube skids can be a permanent addition to a service truck, or temporarily loaded on a truck or trailer, or set on a job site as a temporary, standalone lubrication station. Skids can be lifted and moved using a forklift or crane hoist.
Standard skids are operated by pneumatic pumps that are plumbed to an air header. Mobile versions can use a truck’s existing air reel to supply air to the header for operating all pumping systems on the skid.
Custom-designed skids are also available to fit specific needs. They can hold more products or less products, contain larger or smaller tank capacities, and be outfitted with a gas air compressor to make the skid a fully standalone unit.