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Holcim Relies on Simalube®

Holcim Relies on Simalube®

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At a concrete plant, machines and systems have to be available for use at all times – and Holcim Kies und Beton in Glattbrugg and Birsfelden is no exception. The company has been relying on the globally renowned and reliable simalube® lubricator for some time now in its conveyor systems and mixing plants. Remo Lippi, Head of Maintenance and Repairs at the Holcim plant in Birsfelden, is fully satisfied with the benefits of the automatic single point lubrication offered by the product.

"Our machine operators and shift workers are under enormous time and productivity pressure," Lippi says. "If our conveyor systems were to fail due to poorly lubricated pedestal bearings, it would cost us a great deal of money." That is why Holcim Kies und Beton AG has been using the practical simalube lubricators for some months now. They reliably lubricate all the lubrication points on numerous machines, including crushers, conveyor belts, deflection rollers, drive belts, pumps, etc.

One of the main components requiring regular maintenance in a concrete plant are pedestal bearings. The extremely fine dust particles generated expose these bearings in particular to very high levels of contamination. Until recently, Holcim had to lubricate these bearings manually on a daily basis – a very time-consuming, costly process. Thanks to the use of simalube, Holcim employees no longer have to perform this routine maintenance work. The time spent lubricating machine components has been reduced significantly. This saves an enormous amount of money and frees up employees to get on with more profitable tasks in the value creation chain.

"The time saving alone was an important reason why we switched to single point lubrication by simalube," Mr Lippi adds. He was also impressed by other key advantages the product offers, including the fact that it is universally applicable, good value for money and easy to use.

Holcim expressly undertakes to develop its products in a sustainable way. The refillable simalube dispenser enables the company to do its bit for the environment. The dispenser contains no toxic substances and all of its components can be recycled. The simalube lubricators have also been tested according to the latest product safety standards. They are authorised for use in potentially explosive environments – for instance in the vicinity of flammable gases and dusts – and in the mining industry. In a concrete plant, these safety aspects play a particularly important role.

Thanks to the flexible installation options it offers, simalube is used in numerous machines and systems at the Holcim plant.

In the concrete industry, simalube lubricators are typically deployed in the following areas:

  • Grinding mills (ball and tube mills)
  • Conveyor systems and mixing plants
  • Conveyor belts and rollers
  • Water and bilge pumps
  • Drive belts