If you are thinking about changing your filtration system to use high-viscosity oils to keep your gearboxes running smoothly, there are few things you should consider first. Some industrial gearboxes require specific types of lubricant that will depend upon many factors, like environment and load speed. The following can help you decide if switching to an offline oil filtration system is right for your operations.
Check the OEM standards for your industrial gearbox
First, consider the optimal cleanliness target level for your gearbox. Review the manufacturing specifications for your equipment and ensure that you use adequate breathers. If you don’t do this, any attempts at cleaning your oil will not work. Selecting the right type of lubricant and filtration system will help keep your industrial gearbox clear of harmful dirt and debris.
Use lubricant filters correctly
Second, make sure that you use a dedicated filter for each type of lubricant in your gearboxes. You should avoid cross-contamination of fluids as much as possible. This will help keep your equipment clean and running efficiently.
Since your filters use power, you should ensure that they comply with all recommended safety requirements. The last thing you need is a safety incident related to one of your filters. For example, make sure you’re using pressure venting safety valves in the event the pump dead-heads.
Use the right kind of filtration system
Make sure your offline filtration cart uses a bypass loop to connect your filters. Also, make sure to incorporate a sampling connector for bottle sampling. The design of your filtration system depends on two issues: the viscosity grade of your lubricant, and the temperature at which it will operate. The higher your viscosity, the lower flow rate for the pump. Be sure that the system you choose is correct for your industrial gearbox and its oil.