When it comes to coupling maintenance attention to detail is the key. Depending on the style of coupling, putting in the extra time is crucial to getting maximum life and performance. Insert and elastomeric style couplings can be viewed with a strobe and require little maintenance, if any. However, grid and gear in addition to spool types may need a little extra attention.
If a coupling is only lubricated and not parted, things may get worse. When conducting coupling maintenance it is necessary to partially disassembled in order to remove as much of the old lubricant as possible. Inspect the components for signs of wear, looking for indications of improperly aligned equipment.
Pre-lube the sliding surfaces of the coupling, ensure that components have the required freedom of movement prior to reassembly. Proceed with manufacture's recommendations on lubrication of a new coupling. By following this routine you may extend the life of your couplings and increase reliability.
Tip provided by The Timken Company