Fire Apparatus

Lubrication Technologies: An Uncommon Technical Resource!

municipal fire truckWhen it comes to protecting the citizens of your community, the care and maintenance of your trucks and equipment is very important. Not only do you need to have a highly trained, highly skilled emergency response crew, you also need reliable Engines and Ladders that will function without concern or problems.

A common problem with Fire Engines and Ladder trucks is spring hanger failure ... partially due to the weight of the body exerted on the chassis components. Spring hanger failure is sometimes attributed to insufficient or inadequate component greasing. The cost to replace a single spring hanger can easily exceed $2,000.

These failures can cause the unavailability of a critical rescue equipment and produce costly repair bills for the City/Town. A solution is needed that would ensure proper lubrication of the fire apparatus chassis.

That is where Lubrication Technologies comes to your "rescue"! We have designed and installed systems in Fire Apparatuses for the Pittsfield Fire Department, Pittsfield, MA, Hartford Fire Department, Hartford, CT, East Hartfort Fire Department, CT, New Haven Fire Department, CT, to name a few.

We work closely with our fire department partners to ensure their needs are met. Lubrication Technologies has extensive experience and knowledge when it comes to installing Automatic Lubrication Systems for fire departments to help protect their Engines and Ladder trucks.

By installing an Automatic Lubrication System on your firefighting apparatus, you are reducing maintenance costs, saving on component wear, increasing overall effeciency of the equipment, and ensuring the safety of your crew and those who depend on them.

Reliability Centered Maintenance, (see steps below), is the approach endorsed by Maintenance Professionals across industries. We practice RCM to support the protection of assets at the lowest life-cycle cost. Our World Class Lubrication Reliability Program incorporates best practices and produces optimum results.

THE SOLUTION

In 2006 David Piangerelli, the local LE Lubrication Consultant, contacted the Pittsfield Fire Department's Deputy Chief Mr. Spaniel and offered a solution to reduce spring hanger failures and to increase the reliability of the fire engines and ladder trucks. Mr. Piangerelli recommended installing a Centralized Lubrication System on the Fire Apparatus as well as using LE 3750 ALMAGARD® Vari-Purpose Lubricant. The Centralized Lubrication System delivers a metered, precise amount of LE 3750 ALMAGARD VariPurpose Lubricant to each lubrication point, whenever the vehicle is in motion.

LE 3750 ALMAGARD Vari-Purpose Lubricant is a multi-functional, extreme pressure lubricant for extended service under extreme conditions in on and off-road vehicles and in many plant applications. The lubricant is rust and corrosion inhibited. LE 3750 ALMAGARD Vari Purpose lubricant was recommended because it is very tacky, it has excellent water resistance and does not pound out.

For this particular application, Mr. Piangerelli recommended installing a Series Progressive Centralized Lubrication System which delivers lubricant by use of a series of divider valves that are engineered to deliver precise amounts of lubricant to each point. A Series Progressive lubrication system ensures the delivery of lubrication to each point and will alert personnel if there is a blockage in any line by use of a pressure gauge and pressure relief valve installed on every system.

Each Centralized Lubrication System is used to lubricate the entire Fire Apparatus chassis including:

  • King Pins
  • Drag Links
  • Slack Adjusters
  • “S” Cams
  • Tie Rods
  • Spring Pins
  • Spring Shackles

LUBRICANTS...SMALL COST, HUGE RETURNS!

Lubrication Management Programs Protect Your Assets and Save You Money:

Although lubricants make up a mere 3% of the typical maintenance budget; using ineffective products, techniques and applications can have a significant impact on the lubrication-related costs that make up 40% of that budget. A Lubrication Management Program designed by the Technical Consultants at Lubrication Technologies, Inc. can help you target those areas where you see red.

  • Your equipment and components will last longer, run more efficiently and more reliably, and you won’t replace equipment or components prematurely
  • Your labor force will spend less time on routine lubrication-related maintenance and no time on lubricant-related equipment failures
  • You’ll reduce over-all lubricant consumption as well as waste

Pittsfield Fire Department Saving $9,000 per year!

Since installing the systems in 2006, the Pittsfield Fire Department has not experienced a single spring hanger failure ...

Pittsfield Fire Department The Pittsfield Fire Department has been protecting the citizens of Pittsfield, Massachusetts for over 110 years. From receiving its first ladder truck in 1913, the Pittsfield Fire Department has grown to 7 Engines, 2 Ladders and various other rescue equipment housed in five Fire Stations operated by a highly trained, highly skilled emergency response crew of 92 people, including 5 civilians. Not only does the Pittsfield Fire Department fight fires, but it plays an active role in preventing fires, responding timely to prevent crisis situations, and saving lives. It has always been, and will always remain the mission of the Pittsfield Fire Department to protect lives and property while averting tragedy.

A common problem with Fire Engines and Ladder Trucks is spring hanger failure ...

... partially due to the weight of the body exerted on the chassis components. Spring hanger failure is sometimes attributed to insufficient or inadequate component greasing. The cost to replace a single spring hanger can easily exceed $2,000.

Prior to 2006, the Pittsfield Fire Department was experiencing, on average, a spring hanger failure every two years on every single pieces of equipment. The cause for failure was attributed to a combination of body weight on the chassis and insufficient lubrication. The failures caused the unavailability of the critical rescue equipment and produced costly repair bills for the City of Pittsfield. A solution was needed that ensured proper lubrication of the fire apparatus chassis.

LE 3750 ALMAGARD Vari-Purpose Lubricant

For this particular application, Mr. Piangerelli recommended installing a Series Progressive Centralized Lubrication System which delivers lubricant by use of a series of divider valves that are engineered to deliver precise amounts of lubricant to each point. A Series Progressive lubrication system ensures the delivery of lubrication to each point and will alert personnel if there is a blockage in any line by use of a pressure gauge and pressure relief valve installed on every system.

Each Centralized Lubrication System is used to lubricate the entire Fire Apparatus chassis including:

  • King Pins
  • Drag Links
  • Slack Adjusters
  • “S” Cams
  • Tie Rods
  • Spring Pins
  • Spring Shackles

Reliability Centered Maintenance
Onsite Lubrication Survey
Onsite Lubrication Survey

Click through for details regarding an Onsite Lubrication Survey to assess every lubricated component in your plant and your fleet with the goal of identifying those areas that are costing you time and money.  Design and implement a World Class Lubrication Management Program to increase equipment reliability.

Our Lubrication Technical Consultants will partner with you to assess every lubricated component in your fleet to identify areas in the current program that are costing you time and money. By controlling and reducing wear, YOU WILL increase your profits.

Lubricants and Fluids
Lubricants and Fluids

LE’s enhanced lubricants reduce friction and wear, extend drain intervals and provide better performance, reliability and durability while dramatically lowering your cost of use.

LE lubricants outperform conventional oils and greases to keep your fleet on the road under the extreme conditions you experience every day. Reduce lubricant consumption and extend service intervals while increasing performance and reliability with LE lubricants.

Click through to select high performance engine oils, greases, transmission fluids and fuel supplements manufactured by Lubrication Engineers to maximize engine performance while minimizing wear.

Precision Lubrication Dispensing
Precision Lubrication Dispensing

Lubrication Technologies has curated a wide range of lubricant delivery devices designed to reduce lubricant contamination, misapplication, and lubricant mix-ups. LTI’s variety of products and services ensure precise application of lubricants at specific intervals to ensure optimum performance by your critical equipment. Choose from grease guns, single point lubricators, automatic lubrication systems, fluid dispensing systems, pumps and reels and grease fittings. We install and service what we sell.

We specialize in the design and installation of automatic lubrication systems on heavy equipment, trucks and trailers, crushers and sweepers. Lubricating bushings and bearings in real time optimizes component life, saves labor, reduces waste and eliminates costly downtime.

Back-Up Safety Cameras
Back-Up Safety Cameras

Blind spots at the front and rear.

Now, see what you can’t with a Orlaco Track-Vision Camera. Lubrication Technologies is an authorized distributor of Orlaco Back-up Safety Cameras, the only back-up camera designed to stand up to the harsh conditions and constant vibration encountered in the heavy equipment industry with unparalleled reliability and performance.

Click through for complete details on Orlaco's Back-up Camera, Back-up Camera with RadarEye and All Time Vision Camera.

VEI Onboard Weighing (Scales)
VEI Onboard Weighing

Weigh whatever it is to within 1% accuracy with high-quality VEI Loader Scales. Load to the legal maximum and maximize your profits.

Click through to view details on the Millenium 5 and Helper X, VEI's comprehensive onboard weighing systems for fast, efficient, accurate in-cab to home base reporting capability.

Certified to work under the harshest environments as far as salt, sand, dust, temperature and vibration are concerned.

Lubrication Storage and Handling Solution
Lubrication Storage and Handling Solution

Contamination control is the key to success in any reliability maintenance program and it starts with proper organization, storage and clean handling of lubrications.

We offer solutions designed to reduce operator error and waste. Beginning with simple, color-coded transfer containers and continuing on to pumps, reels and portable lubrication carts and a state-of-the-art lubrication storage room - your World Class Lubrication Management program turns on these contamination control products.

Click through for our huge selection.

Contamination Control & Filtration
Contamination Control & Filtration

Lubricants are the life-blood of your expensive equipment and protecting both from wear and tear caused by the presence of particulates and other contaminants is well worth the initial investment.

The best Lubricant Management Programs focus on contamination control. Proper filtration is critical in reducing particulates to dramatically extend fluid life and decrease the number of lubricant-related failures. We offer a wide array of by-pass filtration systems, portable filtration and headspace protection.

Click through to asses the by-pass filtration, portable filtration systems and headspace protection that's right for your heavy equipment fleet.

Condition Monitoring
Condition Monitoring

As oil functions inside your heavy equipment, the additives that protect the base stock are depleted over time, compromising the performance of the oil inside your expensive fleet  and ultimately exposing them to wear and tear and costly equipment failure.

You can avoid these failure modes by implementing an oil analysis program. Click through to see how.

Pittsfield Fire Department, Pittsfield, MA
Saving $9,000 per year in component replacement!
“We used to purchase the cheapest lubricants we found, now with 3750 my front end parts and king pins last longer, the life of the spring hangers has been extended, and the old grease still looks red!” Read more

Tom Scherben

Pittsfield Fire Department
Master Mechanic
Quinn Brothers Inc., Essex, MA
Saved $92,400 over a five year period since converting to LE lubrication program!
“We cannot say enough about the service Dave Piangerelli supplies, as well as the products, top notch in our book! The installation of the lubrication system is the single, most cost-effective option on a truck.” Read more

Jay & Joe Coughlin

Quinn Brothers Inc.

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