SKF cartridge pump simplifies lubrication


SKF has developed a compact cartridge pump that provides effective lubrication to applications such as small agricultural and construction machinery.

The pump, called AECP, automatically lubricates up to 22 lubrication points making it more time and cost-effective — than manual methods. The pump dispenses grease from standard tubes that are widely available from distribution or retail outlets.

The AECP automatically lubricates up to 22 lubrication points. (Courtesy: SKF)

“Using standard grease tubes makes refilling an auto-lube system as easy as refilling a grease gun,” said Jordan Butler, lubrication product line manager at SKF. “This saves operator time and automates a time-consuming maintenance task.”

Typical applications include dozers, loaders, and farm machinery such as balers and municipal equipment. This type of machinery is typically lubricated manually, which has downsides such as time consumption and the cost of repairs, which is picked up by the equipment rental fleet owner.

The system is also more straightforward for the end-user and keeps both grease and the machine clean. OEMs are likely to see a reduction in warranty claims over traditional manual greasing methods. Other benefits include increased equipment availability and reliability, simpler maintenance, lower cost of maintenance and spare parts, and easier retrofitting.

The AECP requires no special refilling tool or equipment. Grease is stored in standard grease cartridges making it easy to swap out and prime while the motor and pump elements pull grease in a metered way. The use of cartridges also allows for a wide range of lubricants. It also fits into tight spaces and can withstand harsh working conditions and environments.

The pump can be used to create a small progressive lubrication system when combined with SSV progressive metering devices. A built-in sensor gives early warning that a cartridge needs replacing. For more advanced monitoring options, the AECP can be operated with a controller. The pump is ready for sale in North America with global availability in the works.

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