Department of Public Works

Lubrication Technologies: An Uncommon Technical Resource!

municipal Street SweeperStreet Sweepers
Just like keeping your car maintained, maintenance on your public works vehicles can keep it running longer, more efficiently, and save you money in the long run.

Due to the nature and environment that a Sweeper has to operate in, proper lubrication and cleaning are two of the most important items to consider to increase the longevity of any sweeper. Because of the complexity of a street sweeper, it is key that the unit be lubracated much more frequently than any other piece of equipment in a DPW's fleet.

A common problem with Street Sweepers is the creation of dust, and users need to understand that dirty grease is abrasive grease. Thus, greasing not only lubricates the component, it pushes the dirty grease out of the mechanics and helps prevent wearing.

AUTOMATIC LUBRICATION SYSTEMS AVAILABLE FOR ALL TYPES OF STREET SWEEPING VEHICLES

  • Industrial sweepers
  • Combined sweeper and vacuum trucks
  • Cab chassis mounted sweepers
  • Beam sweepers
By installing an Automatic Lubrication System on your sweeper, you are reducing maintenance costs, saving on component wear, and increasing overall effeciency of the equipment. Auto-Lubes will ensure points are greased frequently as the equipment operates.

Prevention Keeps DPW Equipment Running
We work closely with our DPW fleet partners to ensure their needs are met. LTI has extensive experience and knowledge when it comes to installing Automatic Lubrication Systems for DPW partners to help protect their equipment. By installing an Automatice Lubrication System on your truck and fleet equipment, you are reducing maintenance costs, saving on component wear, and increasing overall effeciency of the equipment.

Common lubricant suffering points for DPW fleet operations include:
Bearing failures - Greases that are subject to heat can melt and run out of bearings. Greases that do not form a good seal can let in contaminants. LE has greases that are extremely tacky and nearly impervious to water washout, and can handle heavy loads with ease. We also offers automatic lubrication systems for making sure grease is applied in the right place at the right time in the right quantity.

Engine oil - If you are looking for longer oil life while still protecting your engine from the demands of the workload, LE can help you safely extend oil drain intervals with our superior, long-lasting engine oils and LEAP oil analysis.

Diesel fuel - Water can get into the fuel of diesel equipment kept outside, causing a loss of power. Injectors get dirty from the buildup of soot. In addition, environmental issues have led to the use of lower performance diesel fuel in on-road and off-road mobile equipment. LE has diesel fuel improvers that address these problems. They can clean up your fuel pumps, injectors and combustion chambers, thereby helping you regain fuel economy, reduce emissions and lower the overall cost per mile or hours of operation.

Wire rope - Do your wire ropes, cables and draglines become rusted, corroded or frayed? You can protect your wire rope and cable from high stress loading, shock loading, jerking and heavy loads with LE's full line of penetrating and coating wire rope lubricants. Whether you want lubricant to penetrate to the core or to coat and seal, LE has a full range of protective lubricant solutions, including wire rope lubricant applicators to reduce labor costs and ensure safe, reliable operation.

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

Lubrication systems should reliably and consistently deliver lubricant to all lubrication points. Our system has proven to do that better than competing systems. The end result brings a high confidence in the system such that, buyers of our systems consider their use as normal as lettering on the vehicle.

The LP System dispenses the correct amount of grease to kingpins, spring hangers, S-camshaft bushings, tie rod ends, steering links, clutch cross shaft bushings, fifth wheels, dump body hinges and hydraulic cylinder rod ends and pins (if so equipped). It does this consistently while your rig is in motion.

Simple to use, competitively priced, extremely efficient and virtually maintenance free, you’ll use less grease with precision application and avoid the “feast or famine” intervals common with manual application. Service intervals will be extended and your vehicles will be on the road when they should be, increasing profitability. Downtime is reduced and component life is dramatically increased. You’ll eliminate the possibility of missing lubrication points, with the resultant failed components, equipment downtime, unscheduled overtime, lubricant waste, and lost profits.

LP Pumps utilize a timer that activates application at field adjustable intervals and meters grease according to the specific requirements of each component. A gauge displays system pressure for easy monitoring and the pressure relief valve alerts personnel to protect both the pump and the elements.

Our Installation Technicians treat your equipment as if it were their own. We specialize in the design and installation of automatic lubrication systems on heavy equipment, trucks and trailers, crushers and sweepers. We take great pride in the integrity of each installation and consider it our unique signature.

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

On-Board Weighing Scales

On Board Weighing Scale SystemsOur On-Board Weighing Systems are technologically advanced, but easy to use. They are the result of extensive experience gained over the years by our technical staff and continuous investments in research and development. Our skilled and constantly updated technicians design innovative products and systems, inspired by direct requests from customers and detailed analyses of current market trends. We offer a wide range of state-of-the-art tools designed to optimize loads on both industrial vehicles as well as earthmoving and logistics machines.

Loading trucks with accuracy and managing loading data such as vehicle ID, customer and product names can be painful when everything is hand written! Loader scales and accessories from Lubrication Technologies have the Power an operator can count on to get reporting done quickly and efficiently.

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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

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