"Keeping grease flowing is a common problem for maintenance personnel at mines, particularly where there is a high usage and a need to rotate the so called Grease-Tainers on a regular basis," Nigel Smalls of SBH Solutions said, "and this applies to sites all over Australia."
The difficulty with wrapping a heater jacket around a Grease-Tainer is that they often have pumps protruding from one side, as is the case with Fuchs Lubritainers or Transtainer HF Series, or have gauges that are welded vertically, such as Traintainer RM Series.
To solve this problem, SBH Solutions designed a heater jacket — more a blanket — that covers three sides of rectangular Grease-Tainers with long straps joining the two ends across the front; on round Grease-Tainers shorter straps join the two ends through the gauge area.
Vertical straps help keep the jacket in position and assist with ease of mounting by one operator.
"The ability quickly to design and manufacture jackets to suit different sizes, while maintaining the generic 'set and forget' thermostat feature, as well as the robust insulated nature of LMK Thermosafe heaters is a real plus to our customers," Smalls said.
With many of the applications outside in the weather, a heavy duty PVC removable over-cover was developed to give protection from dust and occasional rain showers. This is an option chosen at time of purchase and can be replaced. It provides added longevity to the heater jacket.
Some early adopters 2011:
- Transtainer on RTM-145. Use instead of individual internal element (one jacket can be used repeatedly on Grease-Tainers) as they are needed.
- Barminco on RTM-145 with PVC over-cover. Nothing previously used and pump struggled in winter. Outdoor undercover application.
- Newmont Jundee. Fuchs Lubritainers containg Ceplattyn and Stabyl greases at various locations on site warmed by static electric air heaters (one side only). All 10 air heaters replaced by jackets with PVC cover-overs.
- Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold. Fuchs Lubritainer containing Ceplattyn in outdoor application including PVC over-cover.