Lustor™, an essential part of a world class lube room

Lustor™, an essential part of a world class lube room

It’s not even two years ago that Lustor™ (Lubrication Storage System) saw the light. And ever since a lot has happened. Just let’s refresh your memory and give a brief overview of the development process of Lustor™.

 

Lustor - an indeispensable part of a Lube Room 

 

The basis

The Lustor system is equipped with tanks of three different sizes: 125 litres (catering for 50-60-liter drum consumptions), 250 litres (because most plants order in 200 litre drums) and 500 litres for larger consumption. All individual units are equipped with the Lubrication Reliability™ compliant basic components:

• Heavy-duty pneumatic oil pump

• Hydraulic filter with saturation indicator

• Filter cartridges selected for the respective lube type, viscosity and application

Lustor - 125 liter system• Desiccant protection breather to keep dust and moisture out

• Lube identification label (colour/symbol/type/viscosity)

The system is designed to be user-friendly including features such as 3D oil sight glasses or levels, digital flow meter to keep track of oil consumption and to detect abnormal spills or lubricant use. Options such as hose reels, retention spill tanks, anti-static wiring, and so forth complete the line.

 

 

And ever since the quality is improving and improving.

 

To give you a few examples:

 

Tank material

After many tests the decision was taken that the Lustor™ will be based on a set of plastic MDPE roto moulded tanks. Black inert plastic is chosen for its ability to protect the lubes from sunlight and because it does not rust or react with the chemicals in the lubricants.

 

Why rotomoulding?

Rotomoulding is a process of plastic fabrication, where a plastic is melted until it takes the shape of a mould. The mould is heated in an oven, and rotated until the melted plastic lines the inside of the mould. Polyethylene is well suited to the process of rotomoulding. The ability to stay stable during the prolonged heating process and its flow characteristics that lead to uniform thickness inside the mould is why it remains the most popular plastic for rotomoulding. The material is both stiff and strong while retaining its tough and stress crack resistance.

 

The advantages/benefits of rotomoulding

Apart from lower production costs and reduced environmental impact, there were a number of good reasons why we have chosen to use rotomoulding for the Lustor tanks:

 

  1. The tank is is made from one piece of plastic, rather than welding or bolting together various components.
    This means that each product has greater durability and is less likely to fall apart or break due to weak joints and corroded weld lines.

  2. The precise application of molten plastic means that you can create a uniform wall thickness, even at corners, therefore reinforcing the tank’s overall strength and sturdiness.

  3. The slow rotation process used in rotomoulding fuses the resins together in uniform layers with fewer stress points. Therefore, rotomoulded tanks are very structurally more sound and have excellent load-bearing properties.

  4. Rotomoulded tanks are rust and corrosion resistant, which means that it has a longer lifespan and a lower risk of leakage.

  5. The durability and strong design of rotomoulded tanks means that less money will be spent on repairing and customers will be happier with a long-lasting purchase.

  6. The process of rotomoulding is an environmentally-friendly one. No chemicals, gases or dangerous toxins are released into the atmosphere during production, and there is no material wastage. It takes less fuel to make products with plastic because it is a lighter material than metal or wood, and the plastic is 100% recyclable.

  7. Because of their light weight, rotomoulded plastic tanks are much easier to transport

Production Process Lustor Tank

The rotational molding involves a heated hollow mold which is filled with a charge of plastic powder. It is then slowly rotated, causing the softened material to disperse and stick to the walls of the mold. In order to maintain even thickness throughout the part, the mold continues to rotate at all times during the heating phase.

 The video shows the starting up of the mold and then going into the furnace.

 

Cooking is now over and the mould exits the oven and is placed in the cooling chamber. In order to maintain even thickness throughout the part the mould continues to rotate at all times to avoid sagging or deformation also during the cooling phase. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The video shows the last phase in the cooling chamber.

 

 

 The tank is finally unmoulded and they can proceed to machinery.

 

Unmolding lustor tank

 

While inspecting the tank, any plastic ridges left by the joint between the two halves of the mould are removed.

rotomoulding is finished and a start is made with screwing on the fittings

 

They now move to finish it. This begins with screwing on the fittings etc.

 

Testing of new tank material

To even further improve the tank material, new material has been tested. To test the new material we simulated a years operation by filling a tank with oil and running it every work day for 3 weeks. It also had the top tank completely filled with water. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resulting in that from now on all new production will be in this new material.

 

 

Latest developments

 

Improving filling time

To improve the filling time particularly with high viscosity oils we have made a system change where we fill directly into the tank bypassing the filter. You will note the new red tap next to the pump to enact the filling bypass.

 

new system to improve filling time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

125L Demo Units

Just out of production, four new 125 L Demo Units

 

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Two new inserts on top of the tank

The new inserts are the new location for the breather and to add a fill level gauge/indicator.

 

new inserts lustor tank

 

Metal retention bund

Sufficiently long enough to accommodate 2 systems, be them 125, 250 or 500 liter units.

The retention / spill capacity meets the environmental requirements.

 

Metal Bund

Metal BundMetal Bund

 

Actual sizes of Bund

Length = 1455 cm

Height on pallet = 55 cm

Width = 735 cm

Weight = 60 kg

 

Part # LS5005 Steel bund complete with steel grid.

More information can be found here.

 

Lubricant manufacturers do not guarantee the ISO cleanliness levels of any standard products. That means the oil you think is clean may be far below the ISO cleanliness recommendations.

 

Protect your equipment with a Lustor system solution that is designed to filter

and clean the oil going into the system and when it is dispensing.

Lustor system in operation


(The Lustor systems come preassembled and are up and running in no time.)

 

Lustor™ – an essential part of a world class lube room.

 

Enluse is the manufacturer of the Lustor Systems. We are planning to expand our target market and would be very interested in talking with potential agents / distributors. Especially those who are already agents for complimentary products that can be integrated with our systems to form a complete line.

 

Lustor-join-our-team

 

If you are interested in finding out more about this opportunity, please fill out the Lustor Dealer Inquiry form and we will contact you as soon as possible.