Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about Mighty Lube equipment and lubricants. If you have a question and don’t find your answer here, feel free to call or message us. We are happy to assist you with your conveyor maintenance and lubrication needs.
What type of lubricant should I be using on my conveyor?
Since there are so many different applications for conveyor systems, no single lubricant is appropriate for all applications. Mighty Lube offers a wide variety of conveyor lubricants suited to many applications. We will be happy to help you determine which lube is most appropriate for your needs. You may also refer to our Technical Data Sheets for further information.
My lubricator seems to not be running at times, is there something wrong?
Rarely is this a sign of a problem. Mighty Lube systems are designed to apply lubricant only as it is required and as it has been programmed to do. After completing the lubrication cycle, the lubricator goes into an “off cycle” for the specified number of chain revolutions. In certain applications, this may even be several days.
How much lubricant should be applied to my conveyor chain and trolleys?
On enclosed track conveyors, typical lube time settings are around 10 to 15 milliseconds. Monorail and formed track conveyors require more because of the greater bearing surface to be covered, usually somewhere in the 15 to 25 millisecond range. Depending on various factors, these settings may be higher or lower, but it is not recommended to go below 8 milliseconds to insure proper solenoid operation.
How often should lubricant be applied?
Frequency of lubrication is determined by many factors. Chain length and speed, heat and water are important considerations. A rule of thumb is for slow moving conveyors, low to moderate heat conditions, one lubrication cycle for each eight hour shift that the conveyor is operation. Example: A 500′ conveyor at 10′ per minute would make 9.6 revolutions in an eight hour period. Programing 9 into the off cycles would cause the lubricator to activate once per shift. When changing off cycle settings it is recommended that the value not be changed more then 10% at a time and the new setting should be run for a few shifts to determine if further adjustment is required.
Why is the off cycle method preferable to using a timer?
If a timer is used, any variation in the operation schedule can cause over or under lubrication to result. Some older timed systems that were not actuated by chain movement even come on when the conveyor is not running, causing all the lubricant intended for the entire chain to be applied in one place. Mighty Lube equipment operates only while the conveyor is operating. By counting cycles instead of time, you are assured that the chain is lubricated as needed. This is a great advantage on conveyors with variable speeds and schedules.
My ejector tubes are out of adjustment, how do I aim them?
On enclosed track systems, one solenoid had three tubes. These are aimed at the top of the link connectors and into the bearing opening on the horizontal bearings. The two tubes from the other solenoid are aimed into the bearing opening on the vertical bearings.
On monorail or formed track conveyor, the tops of the chain pins are aimed at with the tubes from one solenoid and the tubes from the other solenoid are aimed into the bearing opening on the trolley. Caution must be used when working in close proximity of the conveyor while it is in operation.
For conveyor safety regulations see OSHA’s Conveyor Safety Standards.
Where can I find a SDS Sheet for one of the Mighty Lube lubricants?
For privacy reasons we do not post our SDS sheets on our website. If you need an SDS for a Mighty Lube Lubricant Type, please fill out an SDS Request Form, or call our office.
Do you have a solution that can prevent fall out of debris on my parts?
Mighty Lube offers conveyor cleaning brushes as a part of a complete conveyor maintenance system. Keeping the conveyor clean also helps assure proper lubricant application.
How many channel sweeps should I install on my enclosed track conveyor?
For best results, we recommend installing one enclosed track channel sweep brush assembly for every 250 feet of chain. So if you have 750 feet of chain, it is advised to install three brush assemblies (one every 250 feet).
How do I order Mighty Lube Equipment and Lubricant?
Feel free to call our office at 231-924-6160 or email your purchase order to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our office is available by phone from 8am to 5pm EST Monday though Friday. We also accept Faxed purchase orders at 231-924-6810, but please call to notify us when you send a fax.
Where do I get pricing for Mighty Lube® products?
Feel free to call our office at 231-924-6160 or fill out our Quote Request Form for pricing on products.