Understanding Grease Systems: Importance and Function

Keep your machinery and equipment in top condition with automatic lubrication systems. Our guide explains how these systems work, why they're important, and how they can help you save time and money in the long run.

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How the Groeneveld system works

An automatic lubrication system typically consists of several components, including a reservoir or tank, a pump, a metering device, distribution lines, and dispensing units. Here is how an automatic lubrication system works in a technical sense:

  1. Reservoir: The reservoir holds the lubricant, such as oil or grease, and is typically located near the machinery or equipment that requires lubrication.

  2. Pump: The pump is typically electrically or pneumatically driven and draws the lubricant from the reservoir and pushes it through the distribution lines.

  3. Metering Device: The metering device controls the amount of lubricant delivered to the equipment by regulating the pump’s output pressure.

  4. Distribution Lines: The distribution lines transport the lubricant from the pump to the dispensing units.

  5. Dispensing Units: The dispensing units deliver the lubricant to the lubrication points on the machinery or equipment. Depending on the application, the dispensing units may include metering valves, spray nozzles, or progressive distributors.

  6. Controller: The controller manages the system’s operation and can be either manual or automatic. An automatic controller is typically programmed to deliver lubricant at specific intervals based on the machinery’s usage and lubrication requirements.

When the automatic lubrication system is activated, the pump draws the lubricant from the reservoir and pushes it through the distribution lines to the dispensing units. The metering device controls the flow of lubricant to ensure that the equipment is lubricated correctly every time. The dispensing units apply the lubricant to the lubrication points on the machinery or equipment, which helps to reduce wear and tear, extend the equipment’s lifespan, and improve its performance.

To get a better understanding of how automatic lubrication systems work, I recommend watching the following videos, which provide a visual demonstration of the system in action.


In summary, an automatic lubrication system delivers a consistent amount of lubricant to machinery or equipment on a regular basis, ensuring that the equipment is lubricated correctly every time and reducing the risk of over or under lubrication. The system is designed to improve equipment performance and reliability while reducing maintenance costs and increasing worker safety.

Automatic lubrication systems are important to learn about because they can improve the performance, lifespan, and reliability of machinery and equipment. By automating the lubrication process, these systems help to reduce the risk of human error, save time and labour, and ensure that equipment is always properly lubricated. Understanding how these systems work can help you make informed decisions about lubrication system maintenance, upgrades, or replacements, which can ultimately lead to improved productivity, reduced downtime, and lower maintenance costs.

If you’re interested in learning more about automatic lubrication systems and how they can benefit your business, contact our qualified lubrication solutions team to discuss your needs and options.

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