Missouri Patent of the Month – January 2021

Oftentimes, work equipment and structures can seize up if not properly lubricated. Sometimes it can be hard to tell when it needs lubricant and it’s easy to over or under lubricate, which causes issues. Over lubricating can cause the lubricant to get into places it’s not supposed to and under lubrication means maintenance will be required more frequently. Ideally, we want to apply the right amount of lubricant at the right time. Lincoln Industrial Corporation has built a diagnostic pump with a lubrication distribution system, to address this issue.

The new lubricant system will pump lubricant from a reservoir to a distribution system. The pump can work with vented and non vented systems. The pump has a self-diagnostic system that includes a controller. The controller has a memory storage for instructions on pump operations. The controller can test for proper ventilation within the lubrication system based on pressure sensors. If the controller determines the system isn’t venting, it can stop processes and start an alarm. 

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