Prolube Marketing established 1986
Based in Roodekop, Germiston
We specialize in all types of Oil & Grease Lubrication Systems

The benefits of using control nozzles on your pumps

When you’re using high-pressure pump for any application, you will need to be able to control the flow of whatever liquid you’re pumping. This is where the control nozzles on your pumps becomes a factor that you can’t ignore; not being able to control the flow and intensity of fluids in your pumps will make them useless.

What is a pump control nozzle?

Control nozzles work by directing the flow of fluids from the pump, through the pipes and into the nozzle for distribution. Different pump control nozzles work differently depending on the application, but generally, control nozzles consist of a handle, a lever, and a valve. The handle allows for easy handling of the pipes, while the valve and lever allow for the regulation of the flow of the fluid being pumped.

Why should you use control nozzles on your pumps?

When you’re dealing with any kind of fluid, you need to have complete control over the flow of that fluid to avoid any potential hazards or wastage.

Don’t waste your fluids

Control nozzles on your pumps allow you to effectively control how much fluid is ejected out of the pump, preventing any potential for wastage. For petrol stations, pump control nozzles are essential to ensure that customers get the amount of fuel they paid for, no more and no less.

Prevent hazardous situations

If you’re dealing with flammable substances like gasoline, lacking complete control in the flow of the fuel from one tank to another can result in serious injury and damage. If you’d like to learn more about this, contact us today!

Control where the fluid goes

Most pumps serve the function of allowing gasses and fluids to travel from one location to another. To ensure that this happens, you need to be able to properly guide the substance to its destination. Control nozzles do just that – without them, you wouldn’t be able to control where your fluids go.

Control the velocity of your fluids

To prevent any damage to your system or accidental injury as mentioned in a previous point, you need to be able to control the speed at which your fluids run through your pump. Without this control, high flow velocities could damage your system internally and cause harm to you and your personnel.

To find out more about why you should use control nozzles on your pumps, contact us today.

Types of industries that use Lube Trucks and Lube Trailers

When you’re working with any form of machinery, you’ll be working with more moving parts than most people would care to count. As such, you need to be able to keep all of your machines and devices lubricated no matter what environment you’re in. This is where lube trucks and lube trailers come into the picture.

What are lube trucks and lube trailers?

A lube truck is a truck that easily dispenses lubrication for a wide variety of tools and machines. These vehicles are multi-purpose instruments that people in several industries rely on when working on the move or in remote areas, such as on a country-side freeway or a remote mine. Most trucks are built for resilience and reliability, allowing workers to use them in the harshest of environments.

Most lube trucks are multi-purpose, they can also be used to house tools, provide lighting for workers as well as store any essential items workers need to do their work. They can also be used as fuel vessels, making them the best option when you’re working with power tools and machines that run on fuel.

Lube trailers on the other hand are suitable and much more affordable alternatives to lube trucks. While not offering as much functionality as lube trucks, lube trailers allow users to keep their equipment lubricated and depending on their size can also store small-to-medium sized tools and equipment.

Which industries use lube trucks and lube trailers?

Construction
For any construction project, you need to have a quick and convenient way to keep your equipment well lubricated, lest you take the risk of needlessly damaging your tools.

Mining

Mining is only as effective as the miners and the tools that they use. Lube trucks and lube trailers allow miners to do their jobs without the hassle of rusty or unfuelled equipment, especially when working in remote areas.

Road maintenance

Road maintenance requires people to work in remote locations, especially when county-side freeways need to be maintained.
Lube trucks and lube trailers are the perfect multi-purpose tools to use for road maintenance, get in touch with us today to learn more!

Tips for choosing the right flow meter

A flow meter is a device that helps determine the flow of water through pipes, whether it be the speed, velocity or distance traversed. As handy as these devices can be, they are often specific only to certain jobs, thus making them inaccurate in some applications and fully accurate in others. This makes it imperative to choose the right flow meter for your specific application.

How do flow meters work?

There are several types of flow meters that you can use to measure different aspects of the flow of water. Some meters measure the water’s speed and/or quantity while others can determine the velocity at which a stream of water is travelling.
Most flow meters make use of sine wave technology to measure the displacement of water relative to certain variables to come up with accurate readings. Contact us today to learn more about how flow meters work and to find out whether or not you need one .

How to choose the right flow meter

Water flow meters are primarily used for water distribution systems where the water flow rate needs to be measured to provide accurate readings for water distribution pipes. They have several applications for professionals in industry and commerce, as well as for DIYers. As such, choosing the right one for your needs can prevent frustration.

Understand your application

As we’ve mentioned, there are several types of water flow meters that all accomplish different goals, such as measuring the quantity of water in a sample space or the speed of the water relative to desired variables. If you don’t know exactly what you need to use the flow meter for, chances are you’ll end up wasting your money.

Traditional vs new school

As with all machines, flow meters are evolving every single day. Today, you have the option of going for high-tech flow meters that use infrared light to create more accurate measurements of the flow of different liquids.
While these are mostly used in laboratories, they still have uses in high-stakes applications such as in manufacturing and construction. Before purchasing a flow meter, be sure to do some research into whether you should invest in new school tech or if traditional (and cheaper flow meters can get the job done .

Browse your options

As with all things, you need to browse every plausible option before making a purchase. There are many types of flow meters in the market today, and several brands all competing to bring you the best product. Get in touch with us today if you’d like some help choosing the right flow meter.

Advantages of using high delivery transfer pumps

Transfer pumps, also known as utility pumps, are machines that make the lives of many people much easier. They serve the purpose of transferring water from one location to another and are relied on by several industries around the world.
Transfer pumps offer numerous advantages in a number of industries, including but not limited to industrial and construction projects, domestic DIY fixes as well in commercial applications. If you’re in need of such a device, there are available to you; if you want to learn more about them however, continue reading!

How do transfer pumps work?

Utility pumps basically pull water from one spot using a suction motor and transfers the stream through pipes to the desired location. These devices come in several sizes, though the most is a compact configuration that can be used in several locations.

The beauty in the design of a transfer pipe is in its simplicity; because of their minimalist build and clear-cut function, transfer pumps can be used by virtually anyone. There are different kinds of transfer pumps available, such as fuel-powered piston pumps and electrical pumps, each offering their own benefits. Let’s take a closer look at a few advantageous domestic uses of high delivery transfer pumps:

Flush out a flooded basement

Is there too much rainwater seeping into your basement? Get yourself a transfer pump! Don’t let rainwater damage all the items you have stored in your basement. Transfer pumps will save you both time and money .
Empty your pool with ease.

Rather than going through a laborious manual process of emptying your pool, transfer pumps can help you easily drain your pool if it hasn’t been built with a fully capable drainage system. This applies mostly to old, unmodified pools; if this is your issue , get in touch with us today!

Long term solution

Transfer pumps are built to last you years with minimal maintenance. Because of their efficient design, you can even stand to make money by renting out your machine! Browse the pumps we have in stock .

Everything you need to know about Oil Circulating, Jacking and Filtration Systems

Oil circulating, jacking and filtration systems are used mostly to pump lubricating oil to bearings and gears to ensure their continued effectivity in any given application. These machines are also handy for cleaning off wear debris on gears and bearings and provide an all-in-one lubrication solution for any mechanical system. If need be, oil circulating, jacking and filtration systems also remove any heat introduced into the oil by friction.

How do oil circulating, jacking and filtration systems work?

These systems come standard with several parts and components that act in harmony to accomplish their objectives.

Reservoirs

The oil system’s reservoir has a rectangular area which forms the base for the other items to be mounted. Reservoirs come in different sizes that are dependent on the purity of the oil being circulated. Bigger reservoirs are usually needed for systems that circulate contaminated oil, whereas smaller reservoirs are good enough for systems with clean oil.
Another factor is the heat that may be introduced into a sample of oil. Bigger reservoirs are recommended so that oil coolers won’t be necessary additions.

Reservoir heating

When controlling the flow of high viscosity oil, some form of heating is required to ensure that the oil is circulated at a constant viscosity. Most lubrication systems only have simple needle valves or orifice plates to read the temperature without giving controllers much opportunity to control the heat and flow of the oil.
The oil circulating, jacking and filtration systems we offer at Prolube Marketing offer heat control functions, making it easier for controllers to keep the system in balance. Get in touch with us today to learn more!

Pumps

Generally, two gear and screw positive displacement pumps (a main and a standby) are fitted to the system to for an automatic changeover which allows the system to continue its operation if anything goes wrong. These pumps are normally driven by an electric motor; in some systems though, the main pump is driven directly by the plant being served.

Control

All the operations mentioned above need to be regulated, controlled, and maintained by operators. This requires a full range of pressure, temperature and flow valves and instrumentation for operators to ensure that the system works as it should. Routine maintenance is also essential to keep the systems operating at full capacity.
Get in touch with us today to learn more!

Is it important to test and service your pumps and lubrication system?

The pumps and lubrication system are very important factors that allow the operation of your machinery. If these components fail, your machinery will cease to function. For this reason, it is highly important to test and service your pumps and lubrication systems.

What is their function

The function of a pump is to push the lubricant through the lubrication system to the points within the machinery where lubrication is required. The function of the lubrication system is to carry the lubricant to these points. If the pump fails, the parts of machinery that require lubrication will not receive any, causing irreparable wear and tear. If the lubrication system is clogged, or has leaks, it will be inefficient in carrying the lubricant to its destination. However, this can be avoided by means of testing and servicing.

Why you should test and service them

Testing your pumps and lubrication system will ensure that they are in optimal working condition. If they are not tested, and your machinery is allowed to run as usual, it could cause some major problems. By testing it, you are avoiding unnecessary damage to your machinery. These components should also be serviced according to manufacturer specifications. These services will provide your pumps and lubrication system with the special attention that they need to continue performing as they should.

Hand operated pumps vs electric motor driven pumps

There are many different types of central pumping units that can be used to complete various pumping tasks. Two types of pumps that you may find on offer are hand operated pumps and electric motor driven pumps. Read more about these two pumps below:

Hand operated pumps

As the name suggests, these pumps are manually operated. They do not have any motors to control them and are completely reliant on human operation. These pumps are used in various industries in order to move fluid through systems. One type of hand pump that you may be familiar with is a hand pump placed above ground level, used to pump water from below the surface of the ground out through a tap on the pump. These hand operated pumps do require a bit of manual labour, but they are perfect for systems that require fluid infrequently.

Electric motor driven pumps

Unlike hand operated pumps, electric motor driven pumps do not require manual operation . Instead, these pumps have a motor that will automatically pump fluid through the system whenever necessary. These pumps will push the fluid through the system on their own at specific times. These electric motor driven pumps work systematically and are the perfect choice for systems that require fluid regularly. These pumps are often used in industrial machinery to provide the moving components within the machinery with the frequent lubrication that they need to continue working.

Different types of lubrication systems Prolube Marketing design, supply and install

Prolube Marketing has been in the fluid handling industry for many years. During this time, we have designed, supplied and installed a variety of lubrication systems for numerous clients. Read about the lubrication systems that we have on offer below:

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Things to consider when selecting the right automatic lubrication system

Automatic lubrication systems are a great investment. These systems reduce safety risks, promote accurate lubrication, decrease labour costs and so much more. Not to mention, most of these systems are very easy to maintain. There are so many automatic lubrication systems to choose from that you may not know which one is right for you. Read about the considerations of selecting the right automatic lubrication system:

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Different types of central pumping units offered by Prolube Marketing

The central pumping unit is the heart of the lubrication system, pumping oil to all the bearings, joints and other lubrications points. These units are very important for the operation of the machinery. Prolube Marketing understands their importance, which is why we offer so many different types! Read about the different types of central pumping units offered by Prolube Marketing below:

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Things to consider when selecting the right automatic lubrication system

Automatic lubrication systems are a great investment. These systems reduce safety risks, promote accurate lubrication, decrease labour costs and so much more. Not to mention, most of these systems are very easy to maintain. There are so many automatic lubrication systems to choose from that you may not know which one is right for you. Read about the considerations of selecting the right automatic lubrication system:

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Different types of lubrication systems Prolube Marketing design, supply and install

Prolube Marketing has been in the fluid handling industry for many years. During this time, we have designed, supplied and installed a variety of lubrication systems for numerous clients. Read about the lubrication systems that we have on offer below:

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What is the difference between a single line and a dual line lubrication system?

An automatic lubrication system is a system built to deliver controlled amounts of lubrication to different parts of a machine during its operation. We are going to be looking at the differences between single line and dual-line lubrication systems. 

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The importance of contamination management

Implementing proper methods of filtration is the most effective way to eliminate contamination in hydraulic systems. Contamination of hydraulic and lubrication fluids, as well as lack of adequate filtration, is a leading cause of hydraulic system and component failure. To successfully maintain hydraulic systems and components, one must understand the specifics of fluid contamination, the sources for system contamination, and why filtration is the most cost-effective way to maintain fluid cleanliness.

Fluid contamination is a major contributor in approximately 70% of hydraulic system failures. Contaminant particles find their way into pumps, valves, servo-valves and various hydraulic system components where they cause wear. In extreme cases, they can cause a component to seize.

By eliminating the particles and fibers that cause wear in these systems, many of these expenses can be avoided. Filtration is the simplest means of eliminating particles.

Contamination management is crucial. Hydraulic systems rely on a clean, properly specified fluid to deliver consistent power. Every hydraulic system requires some degree of filtration to keep the fluid clean. Removing particles that harm the system, or more specifically, system components, will prevent premature wear and prolong the system’s life. By implementing a contamination management program through proper filtration and systematic maintenance, plant managers can eliminate 80% of the potential causes of premature hydraulic system failure.

The advantages of using flow meters

As technology advances and new industries are developed, the need for precise and exact measurements increases. Liquid flow meters are one such innovative tool created to meet this need. Continuous development of these instruments has served the advancement of many different industries and an ever-increasing range of applications.

True to its name, liquid flow meters measure liquid or gas flow through a pipe and its rate of change. Different types exist with varying construction to serve a wide range of purposes; however, each are built to the best possible fluid temperature, etc of a liquid and the area of application.

Advantages through wide-range applications

Today, liquid flow meters have cemented themselves as essential instruments utilized in many different industries. Some of these industries include :

Fuel and oil
Petrochemical
Chemical
Pharmaceutical
Paints, grease and coating
Food and beverages
Differential pressure flow meters:
Suitable for gas and steam measurement
Low pressure drops for nozzles
Withstands extreme pressures and temperatures
Ability to change range

Electromagnetic Flow Meters:

Foremost advantage is fixed parts
Withstands changes in density, viscosity, temperature, and electrical
Conductivity
Not affected by contamination of liquid
Easy to maintain with a low maintenance cost
Capable of operating in both directions

All about grease pumps

Grease transfer is typically difficult due to its viscosity, therefore high pressure grease pumps are required to transfer grease proficiently and quickly. Grease is commonly transferred from barrels using a grease drum pump which must be used alongside a follower plate. The follower plate is placed inside a container and ensures the removal of grease from the sides of the container, directing it into the grease pump ensuring minimal wastage.

Air operated grease pumps are a popular choice, complete with a hose and trigger nozzle either for dispensing or for applying grease to machinery. For larger volumes of grease transfer, electric grease pumps are popular including peristaltic and gear pumps. The air-operated grease supply system operates with 2 up to 10 bar compressed air depending on the desired pressure ratio. The cylinder of the pump will automatically be switched before reaching the end position which generates the upward and downward stroke necessary for delivering.

This precise, mechanical switch-over is integrated inside the pump head and therefore well protected against external influences and manipulation. The well-engineered geometric form of the valve and the sleeve with spring supported toggle guarantee a safe switching.

Also, to ensure that the grease pump will not corrode in a marine environment, the pump is specified to come with a stainless steel tube set. We supply the complete package including barrel pump, motor, hose and connections. This ensures the pump is ready to be used as soon as it arrives.

The drum pumps we supply are of the highest quality and extremely reliable. You can be confident with grease pumps supplied by us as we strictly comply with international standards.

The Benefits of using spray lubrication systems

Spray lubrication systems ensure the proper volume of lubricant is applied to the target with minimal waste. Many spray system configurations are available ranging from simple automated systems to replace manual or roller/brush systems to more sophisticated systems that are suitable for use with multiple parts. System alternatives include a wide range of hydraulic and pneumatic nozzles, spray headers, coil lubricator, controllers, etc.

The benefits

Most systems include Precision Spray Control (PSC) to ensure uniform coverage even when line speeds vary

Accurate spray placement reduces lubricant consumption

Automated on/off control eliminates drips and leaks that cause quality issues

Reduced over-spray and misting means less maintenance downtime and improved worker safety

Wide range of system configurations for use with low or high viscosity lubricants

Optional spray headers ensure proper fluid delivery to the nozzles and trouble-free operation

You’ll get a spray gun ideally suited to your application. Choose from a wide range of our spray lubrication systems with dozens of compatible spray tips, materials and accessories.

All about Gear Pumps

A basic gar pump features a rotary housing containing 2 or more gears; that is toothed wheels, helical gears or lobed cams. Tight tolerances are required between the casing and gears, bore and gears and also between the gears. Typical housing will have an inlet and outlet, for suction and discharge respectively. The 2 main types are; external gear pumps, which use two external gears and internal gear pumps which use internal and external gears. The term positive displacement for gear pumps describes the fixed amount of fluid they move for each revolution.

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Getting the best out of your Fluid Management System

In the lubrication industry, a fluid management system is comprised of various fluid control components which meter, monitor and dispense oil and other lubes. Technicians dispense a huge amount of bulk fluid which makes it very critical to keep it in check, whether on the field, workshop or fleet service centres: every drop counts.

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Oil circulation systems

Mechanical engineering has evolved significantly, not only in advancements, but also in health and safety, environmental aspects, reliability and sustainability.

Competition among suppliers is also noted, with available suppliers exceeding market demand. Competition between customers also influences their choice of equipment used, with grease emphasis on productivity, reduced operating costs, quick return in investments, health and safety, and profits.

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Air-Operated pumps

An air-operated pump is a positive displacement reciprocating pump utilized for the general transfer of liquids, and is driven by means of a compressed gas from an outside source. The compressed gas that’s used within an air-operated pumps is normally just air, and the directional flow of the internal process liquid is produced from suction and discharge check valves. Air-operated pumps are utilized in different industries, including petrochemical and food and beverage facilities, along with wherever else they are needed.

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