Automatic Greasers for Heavy Equipment

Since we are only 2 weeks away from the annual National Heavy Equipment Show we thought it would be nice to discuss automatic greasers for heavy equipment.

Automatic lubrication systems, also called auto-greasers, work wonders on providing equipment with consistent grease cycles in harsh weather, busy work schedules, and rough working conditions.

Weather: Here in Canada it seems the environment is always against us for majority of the year: freezing rain, -40c temperatures, blizzards pounding the work site for weeks, and of course salt corrosion. Because of this companies and workers find themselves extremely busy during the summer months, having to make up for lost time. The last thing an operator or company wants to do is have down-time fixing components and greasing equipment (which can take hours depending on the equipment and condition). ALS allows a company and operator to work in these environment without the worry of improper greasing (or the operator freezing while manual greasing).

Grease also acts as a barrier for the pins and bushings from the elements such as dust, rain, snow, and whatever else mother nature can throw at us.

Busy Work Schedules:  We’ve all been there- A full day ahead of us as we climb into the cab of the equipment, coffee in hand. Everything is running fine until the squeak of the excavator bucket starts to be noticeable. According to ‘proper’ instructor manuals you’re suppose to grease most components everyday (sometimes even more), but with busy days we just flat out forget sometimes.

Automatic greasers for heavy equipment allow the operator to hop in and start their day off knowing that important pins and bushings are safe from damage throughout the day. Lubecore also has In-Cab Displays that automatically notify operators inside the cab when our automatic greasers need to be refilled – an easy-to-do job.

The operator can work harder on what they need to get done, the company has to take less downtime for equipment repairs and maintenance, and of course the equipment runs like brand-new.

Harsh Working Environments: Heavy equipment was never meant to stay free of dents from rocks and whatever else might fall from at the job site. The good news is our automatic greasing systems were designed to withstand every scenario.

Lubecore systems feature break proof grease reservoirs, cut-proof Korilla© lining, and sealed grease housing that protect from moisture and dust. All of these features allow our systems to be protected from the same elements you have to work in every day.

 

Want to know more about automatic greaser for heavy equipment? Contact us  today!

Our Automated Lubrication System

Lubecore Welcomes: Marc Aubin & Midori Howson

Lubecore has seen substantial growth from  outside and inside the business over the last year, with this expansion comes the need for new experienced and professional employees that ensure Lubecore’s continued success. Lubecore International is proud to welcome Midori Howson and Marc Aubin to the Lubecore team.

Midori Howson: Getting our products to our customers and distributors around the world can sometimes be daunting, with Midori as our Packaging/ Shipping/ Receiving Associate our customers can be assured that  their orders will always be on-time even with our continued growth. With over 11 years experience in the automated lubrication market Midori knows the products and services required to be the best, a perfect fit for the Lubecore next-generation team. Midori is very excited to be part of the team, mentioning the benefits of working for a company and CEO who are passionate about the product and service they provide to customers around the globe, rather than just the bottom-line or paychecks.

Marc Aubin:  To be a Lubecore Customer Service Installer Technician you need to be fast, precise, professional, and not afraid to get your hands a little dirty underneath a truck, Marc is a perfect fit. With more than 10 years experience in the industry Marc could probably install a lubrication system blindfolded, combine this with his experience in network administrative makes him a perfect fit for the Lubecore Sudbury team. Marc has interacted with multiple Lubecore team members, including Jan  Eisses who’s passion for automated lubrication systems is contagious says Marc.

Lubecore International and our partners are dedicated to hiring the best and the most passionate in the industry, all to ensure our customers get what they deserve from the investment they make with us.

 

Lubecore “Bambino”: Good Things Come In Small Packages

Equipment continues to become more compact so where can an automated lubrication system fit?

Lubecore has the solution with the newest next-generation lubrication system, the “Bambino”.

  • Lubecore “Bambino” is a compact, powerful, and durable modular series pump that ensures proper lubrication of your equipment without sacrificing space.
  • This compact 2Kg pump is perfect for small equipment such as mini-excavators, skid steers, process equipment, anywhere limited space is a concern.
  • “Bambino” has the same high-quality features as other Lubecore modular pumps but has a new robust aluminum lid and bracket set that will fit standard bolt patterns.

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“Bambino” Highlights:

  • 26% Closer To Equipment
  • 6% Narrower
  • 5% Shorter

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Lubecore Welcomes Doug Heikamp, Paul Bordage and Nick Stewart

Lubecore International is excited to announce the introduction of four new staff members to the Lubecore team:

  • Doug Heikamp (engineering, technical, quality assurance)
  • Paul Bordage (Atlantic Canada sales representative)
  • Nick Stewart (marketing intern)

With such valuable additions to the team we will be able to continue to provide excellent service to our customers throughout the year while continuing to expand in existing and new markets.

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Lubecore™ Compact Modular Series Pump “Bambino”

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*20mm narrower  *62mm closer to equipment *13mm less in height

This compact pump has the same features as the other modular pumps including the built in heavy duty filter. It does have a new robust aluminum lid and the bracket set, although more compact, will still fit the standard bolt pattern.

Lubecore’s Compact 2Kg pump is sure to win over new customers that are looking for a lube system for their Mini-excavators, skid steers, process equipment, anywhere limited space is a concern.

 

 

 

 

 

Lubecore™ Quint Pump

The Lubecore Quint Pump is built specifically for use with Quintuplex Fracking or Well Service pumps.

Quint Pump

A Quintuplex pump has 5 pistons or plungers which each have a seal packing that requires lubrication to protect the seal packing’s. The grease is supplied to the Quintuplex pump plunger seals while the plungers pump hundreds of gallons of fluid per minute at pressures ranging from 5,000 – 15,000psi.

Quintuplex pumps are used to pump many different fluids such as water, acids, proppants, slurry and slick water. The high volumes and pressures place a tremendous mechanical strain on the plungers which results in heat, while high pressures can cause damage to the seal packs which in turn can cause damage to the pump plungers and even pistons.

The grease delivered to the seal packing has three critical protective functions – protect against friction-damage, protect against heat-damage, and provide grease barrier packing to prevent seal failures from possible pressure damage. This application is highly lubricant dependent, and the stakes are high. A Quintuplex pump equipped trailer retails in excess of $1 million dollars, and if it fails it can cost tens of thousands of dollars to repair the pump. Not to mention the possible catastrophic costs associated with not being able to complete the fracking services or pump down services it’s on site to do. Lubecore International Inc. and Lubecore Production Services of Texas have worked together with a Quintuplex trailer manufacturer – in order to develop a customized automated lubrication system to perform in this demanding environment.

Mansell Group lubricates fleet

WORKING in extreme conditions such as the Moomba oil fields in the Cooper Basin is harsh on “man and machine” says Robert Mansell of the Neil Mansell Group.

Mansell’s have been working with Briskiar sales/ operations manager Justin Liddelow for more than 10 years now, to ensure their equipment can stand up to Australia’s harsh environment.

Their relationship started with Neil Mansell Transport installing Viesa units on their fleet of trucks as part of a workplace health and safety commitment to help combat driver fatigue, then when Briskair started importing their Lubecore automated lubrication product line, the partnership diversified to the next level.

The Lubecore systems are not only installed on the Neil Mansell transport division trucks, but also the bulk haulage trucks and the concrete agitators that also form part of the Mansell Group.

“Every new truck we have ordered in the past 10 years has been specked with a Briskair Viesa cooling system and in the last five years a Lubecore automated lubrication system – except for a few,” Mr Mansell said.

Those few were recommended by manufacturers to have another type of unit installed, but since then the company has stayed with Lubecore, vowing not to use any similar product again.

“Justin and Chris’s product’s meet our needs. They have excellent service, support and unbelievable back up,” Mr Mansell said.

He praised Briskair and Lubecore Australasia on their before and after sales service.

“They’re both good products, it’s a good business with excellent after sales communication and support.”

The Mansell’s have seven units working on a project in Darwin and all have the Lubecore automated lubrication systems installed. The boys went over and above supplying and installing the product, ensuring the team were self-sufficient and had all the spare parts needed to do small repair jobs on the fly.

“They check on the product, if anything fails and there’s not much, maybe something small, they’ll just replace it. No ifs buts or maybes.”

It’s that reliability that prompts Mr Mansell to say you get what you pay for when it comes to quality.

Installing the Lubecore system, on vehicles and equipment in the 400-plus strong fleet means the Mansell Group can run the same type of grease (being standard EP 2 chassis grease) across the board and control their overall cost on lubrication.

It also means the equipment lasts longer and is lubricated regularly just by topping up the Lubecore reservoir on the back of the truck cab.

A close up of a Lubecore automated greasing system installation. 

The Mansell Group started with Robert’s father eil who still runs the company today, hauling drilling rigs all around Australia in the 1970s, they continue to this today working in the same harsh environment battling the heat and the dust.

The conditions the Mansell trucks typically work in are dry, sandy dirt roads, 50 degree heat in the summer and cold nights and mornings in the winter in the Cooper and Surat basins, where drivers can be hundreds of kilometres away from base – so keeping equipment in good working order is the top priority and something Mr Mansell credits to the support of the boys and Lubecore. Mr Mansell said the system had been put to the test in sandy country and worked well.

“Lubecore gives us piece of mind, that the equipment is maintained better by being lubricated regularly.”

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Waterproof Submersible Fully Potted Trailer Timer

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  • Solenoid and timer fully potted
  • Sealed against corrosion from de-icing fluids
  • Vibration resistant
  • Programmed with a magnet (no computer or software required)
  • 12v or 24V

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  • Easy to program
  • Easy to do single cycle test
  • Easy to activate continuous cycle test

Lubecore™ Mk2 Progressive Timer

The Mk2 Progressive Timer can be installed in various applications ranging from tractors and trailers in the transport sector to skid steers, wheel loaders and mini excavators

in the construction and mining sectors. The Mk2 Progressive Timer has become an excellant choice as a replacement timer for all competitive brands.

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• Maintenance Intervals are Optimized for your Operation

• Front Mounted LED Indicates Power/Cycle/Mode

• Fully Potted – IP68, Magnetically Programmable

in Hours and Minutes

• 2X Adjustable Duty Cycle / Test Cycle

• Low Level Proximity Switch Ready

• Available in 12/24 VDC

• Heavy Duty Universal Mounting System

 

Lubecore International Victorious in Trademark Case

Circuit court vacates injunction, allowing Lubecore to freely market its automated lubrication systems in the United States

CAMPBELLVILLE, Ont. (Nov. 19, 2013)—In a victory for Lubecore International, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned a lower court’s ruling and lifted restrictions on Lubecore’s ability to freely market its complete line of automated lubrication systems for heavy trucks and off-highway equipment in the United States.

Rejecting an argument by Groeneveld, a competitor, that Lubecore’s EP-0 grease pump infringed on its trade dress under trademark laws, the court vacated an injunction that has required Lubecore to sell a modified version of the pump to customers in the United States since early 2012. The court then remanded the case to the lower court with instructions to enter a judgment in favor of Lubecore on all claims.

Trade dress refers to a product’s physical appearance. The court observed that while the shape of the Lubecore and Groeneveld pumps is similar, stark differences in labeling, color, and other aspects of the design mean there is “no reasonable likelihood” that consumers of automated lubrication systems would confuse the companies’ products. Indeed, the court said, Groeneveld admitted it had no evidence of actual confusion on the part of any customer or prospective customer.

“One of the judges characterized this dispute as an old-guard supplier using legal means to try to fend off an upstart competitor,” said Jan Eisses, Lubecore president and founder. “While we’re pleased to have prevailed in court, let’s compete in the marketplace on the strength of our products and support of our customers.”

“Groeneveld sought an unprecedented expansion of U.S. trade dress and trademark laws which would have given it a de facto patent and sharply discouraged competition, growth, and innovation in this market,” said Melissa Zujkowski, outside counsel for Lubecore. “This type of predatory litigation is regrettably common in the United States, and it’s our hope that the decision will discourage this type of anti-competitive behavior by market giants like Groeneveld.”

About Lubecore International

Founded in 2008, Lubecore International is a leading supplier of automated lubrication systems for commercial trucks and equipment used in construction, agriculture, mining, oil and gas, forestry, refuse, and other industrial markets. Available through a worldwide network of distributors, the company’s parallel, multiline, and series progressive greasing systems automatically deliver the proper amount of lubricant to moving parts at the correct interval, reducing the risk of premature wear, improper service, and unplanned downtime. For information about Lubecore products, or to become a Lubecore distributor, visit lubecore.com.