Importance of lubrication

The use of lubricant on a steel wire rope considerably reduces friction and, as a result, it minimizes the following two related factors:

  • Abrasion on the wire rope
  • Heat generation
  • Corrosion

Developed as a service tool, the Lincoln wire rope lubricator is attached periodically to equipment on a monthly, quarterly or other cycle to lubricate wire ropes. Lubrication intervals should be determined according to rope manufacturer speciications.

 

Benefits of wire rope lubrication

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.

Also, lubricating a wire rope while in service helps to prevent corrosion of the wires. Corrosion can be internal and external, and it often is caused by acids, alkaline waters, salt air, humidity, fumes, and abrasive and industrial environments in general.

Lubrication of wire rope:
• Reduces friction
• Protects against corrosion
• Enables lubricant to adhere to each wire and penetrate to the core for long-lasting protection

Groove cleaner advantages

The groove cleaner was designed to remove dirt and used grease from wire rope before it passes through the wire rope lubricator.

This process improves the penetration of new grease and enhances corrosion protection to  maximize the service life of wire rope.