A manufacturing company in Illinois is saving big money using AMSOIL grease.
St. Louis Prestress in Glen Carbon, Ill. is a prestress/precast manufacturer of concrete pieces used to build various buildings such as parking garages, warehouses and schools.
The manufacturing process includes the use of extruder machines for making hollow core panels used for building roofs and floors.
Bryan Ebersohl, the maintenance supervisor and batch plant foreman at St. Louis Prestress, was looking for a way to save money when he decided to try AMSOIL Synthetic Multi-Purpose Grease NLGI #2 on the expensive bearings of the huge machines.
“These machines have vibrating augers that run about 16,500 rpms,” Ebersohl said. “I have tried lots of different grease trying to get a little longer life out of these bearings because they are very expensive. I used to change bearings about every 100 hours, because the grease would not hold up.”
The machines have 64 bearings each, and the company has three of the extruders. The bearings cost between $75 and $180 each, Ebersohl said.
The company is a commercial account for Dealer Larry Goss.
About four years ago, Ebersohl started using AMSOIL Synthetic Multi-Purpose Grease NLGI #2 on the bearings.
“Since I started using the AMSOIL grease I checked the bearings at 100 hours, 200 hours, 300 hours, all the way to 600 hours,” Ebersohl said. “This grease has saved our company thousands of dollars on bearings.
“Using this grease I haven’t had to change any bearings. I just clean them and reuse them. I used to take these machines apart at least every 100 hours to clean and usually replace bearings, now I run these machines up to 500 hours before cleaning the bearings and regreasing them.”