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Lubrication Systems Company

Don Ehlert is currently Manager for EPC Sales at Lubrication Systems Co., a Colfax Company, located in Houston, TX. His current responsibilities include providing technical training and sales presentations. He is also responsible for quotation packages for domestic and foreign engineering companies and end user projects.
Since joining LSC in 1984, Don has filled positions in equipment assembly, field maintenance, field installation, field management, sales and sales management. His vast experience allows him to provide technical support to oil mist user’s world wide. He has been instrumental with the development of oil mist related products and accessories for special applications. He has authored numerous articles related to lubrication systems and their applications. Prior to LSC Mr. Ehlert had spent time in the US Navy providing maintenance and operation support for aircraft on the hydraulic and flight control systems.

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Introduction & Evolution of Oil Mist What is Oil Mist Lubrication with Oil Mist

Applying Oil Mist To Equipment
Retrofitting Pure Oil Mist Purge Oil Mist Applications Justification of Oil Mist

Lubrication Systems Company Introduction & Evolution of Oil Mist Lubrication .

Oil Mist is the ultimate oil filter. Cooling water in bearing jackets is eliminated. Pure Oil Mist eliminates oil sump issues. .Introduction to Oil Mist Lubrication Systems Company Oil Mist can be applied to most rolling element bearings Allows use of higher viscosity lubricants. Wear particles are not re-circulated.9996% reliable. Oil Mist is contamination control. Oil Mist Generators are 99.

Introduction to Oil Mist Lubrication Systems Company Basic Oil Mist System •Air Controls •Mist Generator •Piping System •Applications .

Introduction to Oil Mist Large Scale System Lubrication Systems Company 3 to 30 SCFM Air Flow Range 2 Gal. Maximum Oil Consumption Serves 15 to 80 Pumps and Drivers .

Introduction to Oil Mist Lubrication Systems Company Dry Mist Out Instrumentation Air In Vortex Oil Mist Oil .

Introduction to Oil Mist Application & Lubrication Lubrication Systems Company ABOVE WET MIST FOR LUBRICATION OIL MIST PARTICLE SIZES BELOW DRY MIST FOR CONVEYING 3 Microns Generation & Distribution .

18 0.09 0.Introduction to Oil Mist Lubrication Systems Company Reclassifier Sizes Bearing Inch 3 6 10 15 20 BI BI BI BI BI SCFM 0.60 5 0 2 .45 0.30 0.

18 SCFM Single Row Radial Bearing on 3” Diameter Shaft = 3 BI or .Introduction to Oil Mist Standard reclassifier for single or double row bearings. 5 0 2 Lubrication Systems Company 5 0 1 Double Row Thrust Bearing on 3” Diameter Shaft = 6 BI or .09 SCFM .

Introduction to Oil Mist Lubrication Systems Company Dry Mist to Wet Mist Velocity and Turbulence Converts the Dry Mist to Wet Mist .

Introduction to Oil Mist Lubrication Systems Company Distribution Header Reclassifier 502 Mist Manifold Oil Mist Generator Spent Oil Collection Container Typical Pump Application .

• Pure oil mist became the standard. • First HPI paper on oil mist lubrication published by Mr. • Introduced to the US Market . • System reliability improved. early 1980’s.Evolution of Oil Mist Lubrication Systems Company • Oil Mist was develop in Europe. 1930’s. . 1990’s • Closed loop system developed. early 2000. Charlie Miannay. 1960’s. 1948 STLE Mtg. 1974 Hydrocarbon Processing. Venezuela. • First HPI system was in Amuay.

1960’s System Installation Lubrication Systems Company .

1960’s Pure Mist Lubrication Systems Company .

1960’s Purge Mist Lubrication Systems Company .

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Oil Level Is Visual

Closed Loop System Return Header Distribution Header Lubrication Systems Company OMG Demisting Device .

Lubrication Systems Company What is Oil Mist? .

fewer failures/repairs.What is Oil Mist? Lubrication Systems Company • Oil mist systems are centralized lubrication systems that continuously and efficiently atomizes oil into small particles and then conveys and delivers the correct amount of the pressurized oil mist lubricant to bearings and metal surfaces resulting in improved lubrication. . lower life cycle costs and extended machinery life.

What is Oil Mist Lubrication Systems Company • Oil Mist is an Aerosol.000 Equal Parts Air • Will Not Support Combustion • Dry Mist is Generated for transportation • 20” H2O Pressure Oil . Not a VOC Oil Mist • 1 Part Oil & 200.

Indoor applications use Closed-Loop Systems.What is Oil Mist? Lubrication Systems Company Toxicity Considerations of Oil Mist Per the American Conference of Governmental Hygienists “Long term threshold limit of 5 mg/m3 for 8 hours” “Short term exposure limit of 10 mg/m3” The 5 mg/m3 is not commonly exceeded around equipment in outdoor locations. Heinz Bloch . Mr. California Rule 1173 Exempts Lubricating Fluids from being a Fugitive Emission or Volatile Organic Compound (VOC Reference: Oil Mist Lubrication Handbook.

001 of the concentration generally considered flammable.005 to as little as 0. Heinz Bloch . Experiments have shown the concentration of oil mist in the header ranges from 0.What is Oil Mist? Flammability of Oil Mist Lubrication Systems Company The air-oil mixture is several orders of magnitude too lean to sustain combustion. Mr. The oil/air mixture is substantially below the sustainable burning point Reference: Oil Mist Lubrication Handbook.

What is Oil Mist? Oil Consumption with Oil Mist • .5 in3 per Hour • Typical Pump = 0.65 in3 per Hour per SCFM • 10 SCFM = 6.27 SCFM • 10 SCFM = 27 Pumps • Max of 30 SCFM = 2 Gallons/Day Lubrication Systems Company .

Lubrication Systems Company Lubrication with Oil Mist .

Lubrication with Oil Mist Lubrication Systems Company Generate Dry Oil Mist for Conveying. Below 3 microns Lubricate with Wet Oil Mist. Larger than 3 microns .

Lubrication with Oil Mist • Reclassifiers preferred location is on the mist manifold • Locate the reclassifier within 2 meters of bearings Lubrication Systems Company • Bearing isolators are preferred to help contain the oil mist in the bearing housing Reclassifiers .

Lubrication with Oil Mist • Vent/Drain of bearing housing is very Lubrication Systems Company important • Oil mist flow is required to apply mist to bearings • Restricted flow exiting bearing housing increases internal pressure reducing flow of oil mist • Bearing housing vent/drain adequate to vent SCFM flow entering through reclassifiers .

Lubrication Systems Company Vertical Applications Always Flow through is always preferred.Single Row Bearings Mist Flow for Bearing Lubrication Radial Brgs. & Motor Brgs. .

. Isolators 150 Kw & Up 3000 RPM & Up Always Flow through is always preferred.Double Row Bearings Mist Flow for Bearing Lubrication Lubrication Systems Company Vertical Applications Recommended: Brg.

Triple Row Bearings Lubrication Systems Company Two Points Two Points Flow through is required. .

Lubrication Systems Company Applying Oil Mist .

Applying Oil Mist Lubrication Systems Company Two methods of applying oil mist Pure Oil Mist or Dry Sump No Oil Level Purge Oil Mist or Wet Sump Oil Level is Maintained .

Applying Oil Mist Pure Oil Mist or Dry Sump Common on all rolling element bearings Reduces bearing and mechanical seal failures Eliminates manual lubrication tasks Bearing temperature is reduced Eliminates recirculation of hot Lubrication Systems Company contaminated oil Allows removal of cooling water .

Heavily thrust loaded bearings may require the oil sump Lubrication Systems Company .e. Oil mist will increase the oil level. moisture & dust.Applying Oil Mist Purge Oil Mist or Wet Sump Typical on sleeve bearings and gearing. Oil level is maintained and must be controlled. Positive pressure prevents intrusion of air borne contaminates i.

Applying Oil Mist Lubrication Systems Company Reclassifiers For Purge Mist Sleeve. Babbitt or Plain Bearings are typically Purge Mist Applications Purge Mist = Light Service or Low Flow Rate Oil Mist is not Primary Prevents Intrusion of Air Borne Contaminates .

e. Motors .Applying Oil Mist Lubrication Systems Company Sizing Reclassifiers For Pure Mist Anti Friction Bearings are typically Dry Sump Applications Formula Sf x D x N Sf = Service Factor D = Shaft Diameter in Inches N = Number of Rows Sf = .009 for Light Loads i.022 for Moderate Service .045 for Heavy Service Oil Mist is Primary Lubrication with NO Oil Sump Lubricates and Prevents Intrusion of Air Borne Contaminates .

Lubrication Systems Company Retrofitting Oil Mist .

Pump Retrofit Lubrication Systems Company Trico Oiler Plug on Top Slinger Rings .

plug drain back ports when pump is out .Pump Retrofit Single Lube Point Lubrication Systems Company Lip or Labyrinth Seals 3000 RPM and Less than 150 Kw Remove Trico and convert to pure mist Remove slingers.

Pump Retrofit Lubrication Systems Company Single row bearing receives adequate lubrication Single inlets and bearing isolators may require additional vent to allow flow through the multiple row bearing .

plug drain back ports when pump is out . Remove slingers.Pump Retrofit Lubrication Systems Company Two points required with 150 Kw and operating at 3000 RPM Field retrofit two points with tap in bearing cap Bearing isolators often require a second lube point.

Pump Retrofit Lubrication Systems Company API Specification calls for two lube points outboard of bearings No Trico Oiler No Slinger Rings No Oil Sump .

Pump Retrofit Lubrication Systems Company Older model between bearing pumps often require directional reclassifiers .

.Pump Retrofit Lubrication Systems Company Bearing arrangement did not allow mist to flow through Oil mist would not get to inboard brg.

Pump Retrofit Lubrication Systems Company Oil mist is directed into the rolling elements and passes through to inboard bearing Directional's are not required on current API edition between bearing pumps .

1980 Pure Mist Lubrication Systems Company .

Lubrication Systems Company Items of Concern Seal inlet port to junction box Oil Compatible lead wire insulation Oil compatible epoxy coating Case drain required on coupling end. plug fan end drain port Vent lines routed away from fan .Motor Retrofit Not as easily retrofitted as pumps No defined or sealed bearing housing Grease must be removed completely.

Motor Retrofit Lubrication Systems Company Oil mist must pass through the bearings from top to bottom Sealed bearings are not compatible with oil mist lubrication Low point case drain is required on vertical motors .

Pillow Block Lubrication Systems Company Bearings operate 3ºC to 10ºC cooler with oil mist No more over or under lubrication No re-greasing No oil changes No dirty oil .

Turbine Retrofit Lubrication Systems Company Eliminates baking of grease Mist flows through bearings top to bottom .

Lubrication Systems Company Purge Oil Mist & Typical Applications .

Constant Level Oiler .Purge Applications Lubrication Systems Company Two Methods to Control the Oil Level Oil Level Site Assy.

Turbine Application Lubrication Systems Company Little or no modifications required when retrofitting purge oil mist to existing equipment. Prevents intrusion of steam condensate Helps with lubrication when in slow roll mode .

The oil mist prevents intrusion of airborne contaminates. keeps internal components coated with oil when equipment is sitting idle. Purge mist housing must have oil mist vent and level control.Gear Box Applications Lubrication Systems Company Gear box applications are always purge mist applications. .

Gear Box Applications Cooling Tower Fan Gear Box Lubrication Systems Company .

Pure & Purge Applications Lubrication Systems Company Purge Mist on Gearing Pure Mist on Bearings .

Lubrication Systems Company Oil Mist Justification .

.Oil Mist Justification Operating Expense Items Pump Bearings Mechanical Seals Fire Potential Lubrication Systems Company Reliability Savings – Cost & Risk Avoidance Motors Man Power Oil Savings Cooling Water Lost Production Non-Spared Equip.

Oil Mist Justification Lubrication Systems Company Pump Maintenance Experience .

Oil Mist Justification Lubrication Systems Company Mechanical Seal Experience .

Oil Mist Justification Motor Brg. Experience Lubrication Systems Company .

000/year .5 hours/year Cost: $67/hour Manpower Credit: $55. . semi annual With 600 Pumps and Motors oil mist redirects 3000 man hours per year to proactive failure avoidance and reliability improvement tasks.25 Hrs to re-grease mtrs.Oil Mist Justification Manpower Efficiencies Lubrication Systems Company Actual Experience • • • • • • • Maintenance staff no longer changes oil or regreases motors. 180 Oil Sumps Oil Changes: 2 per year Oil Fills/Checks: 4 per month Time Per Sump: 4.

Oil Mist Justification Oil Savings Lubrication Systems Company .

Oil Mist Justification Potential Fire Damage Lubrication Systems Company .

Oil Mist Justification Lubrication Systems Company “Get the Facts on Oil Mist Lubrication” Published in Hydrocarbon Processing August Issue 2008 Heinz Boch & Don Ehlert .

ehlert@colfaxcorp. TX USA Phone 1-713-464-6266 Email don.Questions Lubrication Systems Company Contact Info Don Ehlert Lubrication Systems Co.com . Houston.