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SKF has introduced the SKF Flowline circulating oil lubrication system, which is designed for use in heavy industrial applications.

This system presents an alternative to traditional lubrication systems, which improves efficiency, while saving costs and cutting downtime for increased productivity and profitability.

In particular, the SKF Flowline system has been designed to improve the performance of a range of heavy plant equipment, such as paper and rolling mills, and of a variety of production and process plants, with a large number of rotating or moving parts.

This new system features a smaller oil reservoir – for example 3,000l by comparison to a 6,000l traditional circulating oil lubrication system.

The design of this system leads to improved efficiency of up to 90% by optimising the effectiveness in removal of water and air from the lubricating oil, whilst enabling a notable improvement in retention time within the tank or reservoir, and ensuring a greater volume of the oil is in use and not held in dead spots within the tank area itself.

The compact and flexible system comprises four key elements – pumping centre, monitoring capabilities, reservoir and control facility.

The complete system consists of all the necessary piping, engineering components, installation equipment, system start-up training and documentation.

All components within the system support and represent a significant development and advancement in oil-circulation technology.

The SKF Flowline control element forms the heart of the system, providing adjustable flow rates as well as an interface with other lubrication facilities.

The flexible, modular construction and automatic start-up mode can be linked to external process-control systems through a Profibus protocol or Ethernet connection, while a simple, clear graphic display screen ensures ease of use.

The SKF Flowline monitor automatically monitors system conditions, adjusting these accordingly to ensure optimum efficiency.

This facility ensures that the oil supply to each lubrication point is managed so that it does not deviate excessively from the set values.

The flow rate is calculated by measuring the flow through an inline turbine and calculating rotation time by an inductive method.

The calculation of flow is based on oil viscosity and temperature, with an alarm sounding when anomalies are identified.

This element can also be linked to other monitoring technologies to provide system-trend analyses for improved performance and reliability.

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