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AUTO-GREASE SYSTEM

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OPERATING & MAINTENANCE INSTRUCTIONS
INTRODUCTION
The Auto-Grease lubrication system has been specifically designed to provide reliable and
virtually maintenance free service. The lubricator and its accessories are ruggedly con-
structed for faultless operation in the most demanding applications.
In common with other electro/pneumatic/mechanical devices, however, correct installation
and operation procedures must be carefully observed

OPERATION
The lubricator consists of a 2-litre reservoir with a large diameter filler cap (for oil or soft
grease) and a bottom loading device for heavier greases. The reservoir houses a twin
bladed impellor designed to draw grease evenly into the pumping chamber and gives a
visual indication of cam rotation. Attached to the reservoir is a carcass ring that houses the
cams and the colour coded pumping units, (Orange 0.025cc/shot, Natural 0.06cc/shot,
Black 0.1cc/shot). The drive mechanism comprises an air motor drawing air from a supply
partially rotating the cams on each air pulse. It takes 15 air pulses to rotate cams one
revolution and hence complete one lubrication cycle.

INJECTOR (TYPICAL)

DESCRIPTION PART NO.


Injector, Orange LU254
Injector, Natural LU253
Injector, Black LU252
Tubing, Grease, Auto PU018
Connector, Grease, Auto LU255
Elbow, Grease, Auto LU256
Plug, Grease, Auto LU257
Grease Pail, Auto LU016

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CONTROL
The grease system is controlled by the PLC. An Auto-Off-Manual control on the "MANUAL"
screen allows you to override system operation to be checked during routine maintenance.

MAINTENANCE
As an owner of an Auto-Grease system the only maintenance you should find necessary is
to periodically check the reservoir lubricant level, (There are minnimum and maximum level
marks on the outside of the reservoir) topping up as required, and occasionally checking
the condition of the loom connections.
At all times observe the following for fault free operation
Use only NLGI Grade 1 grease. NiMCO has found that this has the best
combination of flow and lubrication characteristics.
Ensure that stored lubricant is kept clean at all times.
Nimco recomends refilling the reservoir using the grease fitting at the bottom of
the unit. If you refill through the filler cap, make sure that no air bubbles are
present in the grease. After filling the reservoir make sure the filler cap is
secured.
If the unit should fail to operate satisfactorily the following diagnostic and remedial advice
will help to identify and correct any fault.

FILLER CAP

MINNIMUM LEVEL LINE

GREASE FITTING FOR


REFILLING

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FAULT FINDING
A. All lubrication points are dry
1) Cause: The lubricant reservoir is empty
Action: Refill the reservoir and ensure that all supply pipes are free from air. To assist
with repriming the system use the Hand-Off-Auto control to manually pulse the unit.
2) Cause: The reservoir has been filled with an unsuitable lubricant.
Action: Drain the reservoir and thoroughly flush the system using a light mineral oil. DO
NOT USE SOLVENT CLEANERS. Refill with the correct grade of lubricant.
3) Cause: The drive mechanism is not operating the camshaft.
Action: Check air supply. Using the Hand-Off-Auto control, check for rotation of impellor
blade in reservoir. If no rotation replace drive faceplate assembly.
4) Cause: The control unit has failed and air pulses are not being sent to the drive
mechanism.
Action: Check the air supply. Check for air pulses at the control solenoid valve port.
Check for air leaks at the solenoid valve, if leaking replace.
5) Cause Others
Action If none of the above symptoms are apparent consult NiMCO
B One or more lubrication points are dry
1) Cause: Pipework supplying the dry lubrication points has become disconnected at
bearing or pump ends.
Action: Check pipe connections and re-connect where necessary. Ensure sufficient
tubing allowance particularly on moving lubrication points.
2) Cause: Pipework supplying the dry lubrication points are damaged or crushed.
Action: Install new pipes, re-routing if necessary to avoid repeat damage.
3) Cause: No output from pumping units due to blockage from contaminated lubricant.
Action: Empty and clean the reservoir and replenish with new, clean
lubricant of a suitable grade. DO NOT USE SOLVENT CLEANERS. Fit
new pumping units. Do not attempt to clean and re-use blocked units
as this could result in further problems resulting in damage to bearings.
To assist with repriming the system use the Hand-Off-Auto control to
manually pulse the unit.

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