The problem: Machine downtime due to the absence of lubricants
Due to the soap, the grease was washed out over time even from encapsulated bearings. Especially for metallic bearings lubrication with, for example, grease or oil is essential for a long service life and optimum performance of the bearings during operation.
The result was that the metal bearings jammed and the shaft continued to rotate. This then wore out within a very short time. The damage costed 6 hours in repair time and led to the replacement of all defective components (2 shafts, 4 bearings, 2 toothed belts) at a cost of €610. This repair had to be done on each machine twice a year. The costs for the repairs and the machine failure added up to several thousand euros.