Ulrich partners with Lubemec to devise central lubrication system for attachments
Leading manufacturer of bespoke attachments for mobile plant machinery, Ulrich Attachment Ltd. has partnered with total lubrication systems and solutions provider, Lubemec, to include a single point grease system that will further improve the capabilities of its High-Tip Bucket; an enabling attachment designed to further capabilities of the majority of wheeled loader vehicles.
Considering the effective and well-maintained lubrication of working attachments to be a critical factor in prolonging equipment usability, Ulrich has joined forces with the SKF Lubrication Distributor, whose services cover the entire country, to devise a specific lubricating system, capable of connecting the bucket’s multiple grease points to one, central location - at the back of the attachment.
The system’s design, which was initially discussed at the recent Hillhead exhibition, requires the installation of a set of protectively covered grease pipes, which run from individual nipple points to the central block. The system means the vehicle’s driver need only grease a single point on the block to safely and successfully distribute grease periodically to each vital point across the attachment.
The progressive block not only ensures all points are receiving lubrication, but also features a visual aid, designed to notify the operator of blockages and help avoid any consequential damage.
Explaining the company’s decision to develop the lubricating system, Ulrich’s sales manager, Jason Periam says: “Relevant experience has taught us that while many plant vehicles have automatic grease systems installed, the attachments fitted often get overlooked.
“Effectively maintaining the function of hardworking attachments, using correctly applied lubricants, is essential to prolonging equipment life and performance, and simultaneously improves operation safety levels, as operators needn’t physically access the bucket to apply lubrication.
“We felt that by devising a system that could be fitted, in partnership with Lubemec, to one of our best-selling attachments, the High-Tip Bucket, it would make the whole lubrication process more feasible. After all, if a task is easier to do, it’s more likely to get done.”
Furthermore, if the connecting loader already features a Lubemec autogrease system, the new Ulrich system can effectively be linked to it, for ease and additional efficiency:
“In essence, the system makes the attachment lubrication process simpler and critically, safer for the operator. It saves time and can also prove more economical.”
Furthering comment, Graham Imms, Regional Sales Engineer at Lubemec said: “I have been in the construction industry for 24 years, during which time I have seen Ulrich establish itself as the UK market leader for wheel loader attachments.
“Following a conversation at this year’s Hillhead, Ulrich asked if we would supply centralised lubrication systems for its Ulrich range of High-Tip and clamp buckets. The system we’ve designed is unique to Ulrich, and we are delighted to be involved with such an innovative company. We believe that the quality of the Ulrich product goes hand-in-hand with the quality of the centralised lubrication system from SKF, and we very much look forward to continuing our work with such a great team.”
Jason concludes by saying: “We’re delighted to be the first manufacturer to not only partner with a lubrication specialist such as Lubemec, but also to work together with such a field expert to devise an enabling auto grease system that can be connected to a wheeled loader. The association has been a great decision, and one that will further enhance the services we’re able to offer customers.”
Ulrich plans to include the lubricating mechanism as standard within its High-Tip Buckets by 2019.