Vegetable canning plant cut operating costs with SKF grease injection lubrication system
An operator of a vegetable canning process was experiencing unplanned downtime in horizontal and continuous sterilizers. The operator knew that a lack of lubrication in the chain pins was leading
to mechanical problems. However, production stops were not feasible during the peak season. When lubrication related problems led to stoppages, the operator lost productivity, and incurred high costs for maintenance and chain replacement.
The SKF solutionSKF recommended the installation of the grease injecting lubrication system, customized for each type of chain in the sterilizer lines. A maintenance agreement for the system and chain condition was also developed to provide ongoing monitoring and predictive maintenance.
The resultThe operator achieved savings in labour previously needed for manual lubrication, a reduction in unplanned downtime, a decrease in chain wear, and savings in costs for chain replacement and installation. With the SKF grease injecting lubrication system, chains have an extended service life of 12-15 years, compared to 6-7 years with conventional systems.
- Savings through reduced frequency of chain replacement/year (Extended service life, from 7 years to 14 years): €9 700
- Savings in parts and labour/year: €7 200
- Total savings (Excluding savings in elimination of unplanned downtime): €16 900
Note: All numbers are rounded off and based on customer estimates. Your particular cost savings may vary.