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Maximizing Efficiency: Why Regular Flanged Wheel Lubrication is Crucial




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Properly lubricating flanged wheels is like giving them a power-up, making them run smoother, last longer, and save you bucks in the long run. Whether we’re talking cranes, trains, or super-domes, wheel lubrication is a must. In this blog post, we're diving deep into why regular lubrication is an absolute must for flanged wheels. Get ready for some eye-opening insights into how proper lubrication can supercharge efficiency and keep your rail system running like a well-oiled machine.


Why Proper Lubrication is a Game Changer for Flanged Wheels



1. Boosted Performance: Picture this: less friction means trains glide along the tracks effortlessly, like they're on a magic carpet ride.


2. Extended Lifespan: Keep those flanges lubed, and your wheels will thank you by sticking around longer, sparing you from the headache and high cost of frequent replacements.


3. Damage Prevention: Say goodbye to nasty surprises like flange degradation, rail wear, and drivetrain damage. Proper lubrication acts as a shield, protecting your equipment from wear and tear.



Common Issues from Inadequate Lubrication



1. Wear and Tear: Wheels and rails need regular lubrication to operate properly. Skip the lubrication, and you're asking for trouble. Inadequate lubrication is a direct cause of failure in wheels, rails, and drivetrains.


2. Heat Damage: Friction generates heat. Heat accelerates wear. In some cases, heat causes deformation and warping. All of which lead ultimately to downtime.


3. Rail Climbing: Without proper lubrication, wheels can ride up the side of the railhead and bang down hard on the rail. That kind of force will damage the tracks and the drivetrains.


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