Cereal processor cut unplanned downtime and maintenance costs with SKF ProFlex
The SKF solutionAn SKF ProFlex progressive lubrication system was installed on the drum dryer. The system was equipped with a digital control system allowing lubrication amounts and frequency to be preset. All system components were housed in a stainless steel enclosure to meet food processing requirements. The system also included a proximity switch that alerted operators in the event of a lubrication system problem.
As a result of installing the SKF system, the 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 this lubrication system, chains have
an extended service life of 12-15 years, compared to 6-7 years with conventional systems.
Summary over 8 months:
- Reduced work related to manual lubrication: €2 470
- Elimination of unplanned downtime: €13 900
- Elimination of planned downtime (for lubrication): €27 800
- Reduced lubricant consumption: €2 370
- HSE incidents cost savings: €19 300
- Total savings: €65 840
Note: All numbers are rounded off and based on customer estimates. Your particular cost savings may vary.