Grease System - A Clear Definition

Grease system definitions vary but at its most basic, a lubrication system feeds lubricant to two or more application points such as bearings on a machine, group of machines, or a process line served with the same lubricant from one central source known as the pump. The lubricant which you want to use can vary from oil, water, grease etc. Most often, it can be referred to as an oil system, grease system and spray system. Every lubrication system is designed specifically to the application and machine, such as a Graco diaphragm pump, and there are several factors which need to be considered:

Lubrication System Considerations


Detailed discussions at the initial design stage shall take place between the development, design, plant and lubrication engineers of the company, the machinery or plant suppliers to determine the most effective, efficient and economic grease system.

Environment conditions

The environment condition to which a lubrication system may be subjected to is carefully considered during the design stage, particularly in connection with filtration for the lubricant and the reservoir venting air.


All dangerous parts of a lubrication system shall be securely guarded and comply with the relevant statutory requirements.

Power Supply

The power supply available on site should be considered when deciding on the pump, so whether there is air or electric supply. Once this is decided the monitoring and controlling of the Trabon Lubemaster pump can be considered too.


Before the pipework is selected, consideration is given to the environment and temperature of the machine. So whether it be nylon tubing, stainless steel tubing or any other type, all feedlines would need to be grouped together where bearings are closely located.

System layout and accessibility

Pumping stations, i.e. pumps and adjacent system equipment, are mounted next to the main reservoir in a clean area or adequately housed area. The majority of the system equipment is located adjacent to the main reservoir, the remainder would be on or near the machine served by the system.

The Different Types of Lubrication Systems

Lubrication systems are divided into two main categories: total loss systems and circulating systems, such as those that include a Trabon grease pump. Total loss systems are those in which none of the lubricant, oil or grease fed to the application points is returned to the system. Circulating systems are those in which the lubricant fed to the application point is collected after use and returned to the system reservoir.

An automatic lubrication system eliminates the risk of human error and increases precision when an application requires the lubrication of many components on a machine. This in turn reduces maintenance time, lowers cost and increases the safety element compared to manual lubrication. Some questions to consider when deciding on a lubrication system are: how much production time will you lose for a seized bearing? What will that cost? And can you risk it?

For A Quality Grease System, Talk To Lubetec UK

Once a lubrication system is installed, it is highly recommended to have an onsite maintenance programme. With such a programme, Lubetec UK would ensure that all critical bearings are being fed lubricant, that there were no blockages in the system and that the system was working accordingly. You would then decide how often you would like Lubetec UK to maintain the lubrication system. To learn more about the right grease system for you and how to maintain it, see further details throughout our website at or talk to our team at Lubetec UK. Call us today on +44 (0)113 246 9333.

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