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Reducing equipment failure in automotive plant

Challenge

Auto manufacturing plants use air powered hoists to lift car panels, frames, and sub-assemblies. Air hoist failure due to lack of lubrication slows the assembly line. The plant has 20 failing air hoists that are only 6 months old however, due to the lack of lubrication, 40 new air hoists need to be purchased per year and 30 minutes is required for each hoist
installation.

Air Hoist Cost = USD1,800 x40 = USD 72,000/yr.
Labor Cost = USD 4 x40 = USD 160 / yr.

TOTAL Cost = USD $72,160 / yr.

Air hoist

Solution

In-line pneumatic lubrication was needed. The recommendation was to install in-line oil cups as part of the FRL unit. The lubricator was filled with Chesterton 652 Pneumatic Lubricant & Conditioner. 652 provides good lubrication without the sticky residue and varnishing that occurs with regular lubes.

FRL Unit Cost = USD 60 x 40 = USD 2,400
Chesterton 652 PL&C Cost = USD 2,850
TOTAL Cost = USD $5,250

More about the Chesterton 652 Pneumatic Lubricant & Conditioner:

  • Conditioners inhibit seals and O-Rings from drying out
  • Significantly reduces power consumption
  • Cleans rust, sludge, and dirt from all air tools as it lubricates

After installed FRL Unit and using Chesterton
652 Pneumatic Lubricant & Conditioner

Results

After using Chesterton 652 Pneumatic Lubricant & Conditioner the customer reported

  • No air hoist failure
  • No replacement
  • No slip stick

Total Savings
USD$72,160 – USD$5,250 = USD $66,910

Eliminated Air Hoist Failure

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