Emhart Glass’ new FLEXLube system delivers enhanced control over lubrication for IS machines, giving operators improved control over lubrication cycle time and oil type in a simple, integrated system consisting of a single pump, distribution box and control unit, replacing complex solutions using multiple pumps and controls.
Emhart Glass is pleased to announce the launch of its new FLEXLube system, delivering enhanced control over lubrication for IS machines.
As new glass-forming technologies are introduced, the careful management of lubrication systems is becoming increasingly important. Most modern IS machines require multiple oil connections, whether to control the frequency with which lubricant is injected or the type of lubricant used.
FLEXLube gives operators improved control over lubrication cycle time and oil type in a simple, integrated system consisting of a single pump, distribution box and control unit, replacing complex solutions using multiple pumps and controls.
The pump unit consists of an oil reservoir, pump, pressure-relief valve and four-way two-position exhaust valve. In addition to the basic, single-pump unit, a unit with dual oil pumps is also available. This allows two different oil types to be used, meeting the lubrication requirements of all types of IS machine lines.
The pump unit is complemented by a distribution box consisting of an isolation valve, solenoid-actuated gate valve, pressure switch and manometer. Distribution boxes are available with one or two inlets (for one or two types of oil) and a total of four outlets (for up to four zones, configured for various allocations of oil type).
FLEXLube delivers system pressure with a constantly running gear pump. Pressurised oil is directed into lubrication lines via the exhaust valve, and the distribution box provides zone control and monitors the pressure to each connection.
FLEXLube delivers a number of important benefits. Its motor-driven gear pump is reliable and trouble-free, requiring no installation or maintenance of compressed-air equipment.
The centralized control system means that all settings can be entered at one location, while handling distribution at the machine reduces the length of pipe runs.
Having a single pump unit for multiple zones reduces installation costs, while the zoning system allows independent lubrication for different machine elements, ensuring optimal lubrication and potentially reducing oil consumption.
FLEXLube is available on all new IS machines and can be fitted to most existing IS and AIS machines, with some limitations.
Emhart Glass, a division of Bucher Industries AG, is headquartered in Cham, Switzerland, with offices and manufacturing facilities located throughout the world. The company is a leading supplier of forming machines, inspection machines, controls, and parts to the glass container industry.