Lubrication tools & equipment are specialized tools used for the lubrication of surfaces and different parts of machines to make them run smoothly. Lubrication equipment’s generally comprise of lubrication injectors, lubrication pumps, hydraulic pumps, oil injectors, lube oil systems, etc. The lubrication process is of vital importance in machine’s performance and working & hence a lot of prudence is taken to ensure the lubrication devices are used right. The primary use of lubricants is to create a layer of protection against friction that helps reduce corrosion of metal. It also controls the temperature rise due to friction and also increases the overall efficiency of the machine. Lubrication equipment are used to control and dissipate the required amount of lubricants on desired area of application on machines such as gears, cables, pumps, and chain. Reducing the wear of moving parts, reducing friction, absorbing shock, controlling operations temperature, minimizing corrosion, and sealing the component to protect them from any contaminants are some of the benefits of the lubrication process. Optimization of these appliances will help the machine to deliver the best performance and thus a better output. These equipment have enhanced the lubrication system by providing the lubrication at proper interval and correct timings.
The lubrication process is one of the most crucial aspects of a reliability program for rotating equipment commonly used in every manufacturing, industrial, and packaging industry. Machine reliability can increase significantly, reducing the maintenance cost of these machines and help them to run smoothly to produce the maximum output. Lubricants are substances that play an important part in bearing and machinery functions and so do the types of equipment used for lubrication. Lubrication tools are crucial in the functioning of machinery. Optimization of these appliances will help the machine to deliver the best performance and thus a better output. An alternative of lubrication tools is high pressured fluid hoses. However, based on product availability in the market and the user friendly character of the lubrication equipment, they are always preferred as the first choice. Also, the price difference is rather significant when compared to the direct high pressurized fluid hoses. The global market for lubrication tools & equipment is expected to grow owing to the extensive usage of the products in various industrial equipment and machineries. With the rising usage of machinery, its maintenance is also required, leading to the growth of lubrication tools and equipment market. Thus, the market for lubrication equipment is likely to have a positive outlook during the forecast period.
COVID-19 pandemic has led to halt in the production of various products in the lubrication equipment industry attributed to the implementation of lockdown in countries worldwide. COVID-19 imposed lockdowns affected the sales of lubrication equipment in 2020 but they are expected to revive in 2021. The major demand for lubrication equipment was previously noticed from countries including the U.S., Germany, Italy and UK which are negatively affected by the spread of the corona virus, thereby declining the demand for lubrication equipment. Further, potential impact of the lockdown is currently vague and financial recovery of companies is totally based on its cash reserves. Various players in the market halted their production activities for several weeks to reduce the expenses. On the contrary, few players adopted employee lay-offs to sustain during the COVID-19 health crisis. Lubrication equipment manufacturers are expected to focus on protecting their workforce, operations, and supply chains to respond toward immediate crises and find new ways of working after COVID-19. For instance, provision of sanitizers, maintaining social distancing, as well as ensuring the vaccination of every employee in the company can assist in promoting the health & safety of the workforce.
The report analyses the market for lubrication equipment market segmented by type, application, end user and geography.
The market is classified into greasing equipment, oiling equipment, hose reels, waste oil handling, specialty pumps, drum handling, airline accessories and consumables by type. Greasing equipment’s for industrial maintenance workshops, agricultural, public works, trucks and cars includes grease pumps suitable for grease distribution in pipe works & installations where simultaneous grease supply is required on different dispensing points at high pressure or in large volume; grease guns (manual, pneumatic and electric) which is one of the most common tools in manufacturing plant; push pumps, and various grease dispensers capable of applying the most accurate, consistent deposits with minimal mess and waste. Oiling equipment’s include chain oilers that travels the length of either a chain or rail and functions to disperse desired amounts of lubricants; suction guns for the transfer oils or certain aggressive fluids; push type oil guns available in many configurations depending on the needs of the user; and manual oiling pumps which are suitable for many small machines and generally for single point lubrication for both oil and grease.
Many chemicals, coolants and solvents have adverse and corrosive effects on standard materials used in pump construction. As a result, specialist pumps whose wetted components are resistant to these conditions are required for the transfer of these fluids. These include bilge pumps, syphon pump, chemical pump, lever pump etc. and provide clean quick hassle free transferring or evacuating of a wide variety of media including lubricants. Drum handling equipment’s include drum tap, drum bung converter, drum plug wrench, drum cradle, etc.
Hose Reel is a cylindrical spindle made of either metal, fiberglass, or plastic and is used for storing a hose. Hose reels can either be fixed in a permanent location, like wall mounted hose reels. These hose reels can also be used for lubricants, and diesel, light fuel oil, anti-freeze and compressed air among others. Waste oil handling equipment, which is a product in lubricant equipment market, collects the wasted oil from the machineries and transfer it to lubrication emitting point for reuse. Its use is promoted to various industries such as mechanical industry and automotive industry across the globe. Electric, pneumatic and hydraulic lubrication pumps are suitable for oil loss systems. The lubrication pumps ranges from the latest models of electric pumps equipped with integrated monitoring panels to simple manual pumps suitable for small machinery and generally for individual lubrication points.
Airline Accessories include hoses, couplings, air flex, ball valves, nipples, condensate drains, clamps, etc. that help optimize the performance of industrial air tools or pneumatic products. Each of these accessories serve an important function, resulting in not only a better performance in terms of a reduction of energy costs but also in a better lifetime of the tools. Consumables consists of measuring jugs; cans coming in plastic or metal and a capacity from 5 to 35 litres and used for hydrocarbon, fuel oil, lubricants etc.; sprayers equipped with Viton seal that allow the use of cleaning liquids, disinfestation, release agents, descalers, waterproofing and impregnating agents, anti-mould treatments, de-icing liquids, lubricating oils; funnels and oil drain pans that allows to drain used oil and transfer it in a collecting tray.
Based on the application, the market can be broken down into manual and automatic. Manual lubrication calls for the intervention of a technician with a grease gun or similar traditional lubrication tool. This lubrication method provides quite a few shortcomings such as increased machine downtime, high maintenance costs and inconsistent lubrication. Automatic lubrication equipment is commonly part of a permanent or centralized lubrication system. There are many advantages in using automatic lubrication systems. These include reduced waste and risk of bearing failure, cleanliness, less labour, and improved environmental health and safety. Simply using automation doesn’t guarantee success. Industries that take advantage of the benefits offered by lubrication systems include the automotive industry, food and beverage, mining, printing, packaging, steel, paper, and industrial machining. The technology must be considered an instrument to achieve a goal. Basic decisions and activities must still be performed. The following are typical mistakes that can jeopardize the potential benefits of deploying automatic lubrication: lack of inspections, improper lubricant selection, and investment costs. Automatic lubrication alone certainly is not thus the solution to all lubrication issues. It must be properly understood to boost its potential benefits.
The market is segmented on end user into residential, commercial, and industrial. The lubrication process is one of the most crucial aspects of a reliability program for rotating equipment commonly used in every manufacturing, industrial, and packaging industry. Machine reliability can increase significantly, reducing the maintenance cost of these machines and help them to run smoothly to produce the maximum output. Lubrication tools & equipment are specialized tools used for the lubrication of surfaces and different parts of machines to make them run smoothly. With the COVID-19 induced lockdowns many tools and machines have found a way into the residential sector. Some types of lubricating systems are even used at residential homes for computer and car maintenance.
The industrial and commercial sector requires high number of machineries and equipment. As essential components of industrial applications such as manufacturing, assembly and processing, lubrication equipment is used to apply controlled or metered amounts of lubricant to certain areas of equipment in need. Lubrication equipment, such as a chain oilers, air lubricators and grease pumps, are useful in a wide range of industries including: packaging, for the lubrication of packaging machinery and equipment; pulp and paper, for the lubrication of printing equipment; food and beverage, to lubricate processing and packaging equipment; mining, for the lubrication of stationary and mobile mining equipment; and automotive, for the lubrication of power transmission and other parts. In addition, many lubrication equipment manufacturers are capable of providing custom lubrication equipment to suit lubrication requirements outside of the norm. Some examples of machine parts requiring lubrication include chains, cables, gears, pumps, large blowers and fans, turbines and industrial centrifuges.
Europe is segmented into Germany, France, U.K., Italy, Spain and Rest of Europe. The region is expected to experience steady growth due to market maturity and rapid industrialization. The combined turnover of the machine manufacturing sector was €238 billion and €44 billion from machine producing giants such as Germany and France respectively in the past and is growing by an unprecedented rate. This makes the market for lubrication equipment’s more thriving.
Key players for European market include Graco Inc., Dropsa, Dutton-Lainson company, Dropsa has its presence all over the world including in UK, Germany and Spain and cover a wide range of industrial lubrication systems and solutions for different industries, Dutton-Lainson are also manufacturers of quality products for marine, agricultural, industrial, and automotive markets throughout the world, SKF group and its companies such as Lincoln Industrial and Alemite LLC covering almost all of the major European countries, Graco providing fluid solutions all over including the European countries.
Lubrication equipment are used to control and dissipate the required amount of lubricants on desired area of application on machines such as gears, cables, pumps, and chain. The lubrication process is one of the most crucial aspects of a reliability program for rotating equipment commonly used in every manufacturing, industrial, and packaging industry. The global market for lubrication tools & equipment is expected to grow owing to the extensive usage of the products in various industrial equipment and machineries. Based on the type the market is classified into greasing equipment, oiling equipment, hose reels, waste oil handling, specialty pumps, drum handling, airline accessories and consumables. Based on the application, the market can be broken down into manual and automatic of which there are many advantages in using automatic lubrication systems but sometimes they do require human intervention. The market is segmented on application type into residential, commercial, and industrial sectors as lubrication in essential in the proper functioning of tools and equipment’s.
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