Minimizing lubrication feed rate:

3 reasons why less is more

In the world of marine vessels, flexible cylinder lubrication is essential for ensuring the longevity and efficiency of the engine. However, excessive lubrication can lead to a range of problems, subsequently increasing maintenance costs, lower  performance, and environmental concerns. That’s why it’s important to pay attention to lubrication feed rate, and take steps to minimize it but without compromising on cylinder health.

In this blog post, we will explore three reasons why less lubrication can be more, including cost savings, environmental benefits and engine longevity.

1. Optimize operational cost

Due to global factors the cost for cylinder lubrication has reached a high level for most vessel owners. This has been offset in some cases by higher earnings, but nothing lasts forever. With little chances of cheaper oil prices, it makes sense to optimize operational cost by updating the lubrication system to achieve lower feed rate without compromising on the cylinder condition. In fact, new technology allows you to both minimize lubrication feed rate as low as 0,5 g/kWh while harvesting additional benefits. This means up to 50% reduction in cylinder lube oil cost.

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2. Lower emissions

Minimizing cylinder oil feed rate has significant environmental benefits. By lowering lube oil consumption, vessels can reduce their carbon footprint and black particle emission in particular, which is important for meeting environmental regulations and reducing the impact of marine transportation. Cases have shown that particle emissions can be reduced by up to 50%. By minimizing cylinder oil feed rate, vessel owners participate in the development of more responsible marine transportation.

3. Reduce maintenance costs 

Another benefit of minimizing lubrication feed rate is the potential for reducing maintenance cost. While excessive lubrication may lead to the build-up of deposits, which leads to high wear of  cylinder liner and piston rings, the magic happens when you find just the right feed rate and are able to apply it flexibly. By ensuring that the right amount of lubrication is applied exactly where needed on the piston rings and liner, the risk of excessive wear and tear is reduced, leading to a longer lifespan for the engine and its components. Experience shows that optimal lubrication in some cases expands the cylinder liner lifetime with a factor of up to x 2 or x 3.

At Hans Jensen Lubricators, we offer a range of advanced lubrication systems designed to minimize cylinder oil feed rate, including our patented technology for atomizing cylinder oil into the combustion chamber. Our systems are custom-designed to meet the specific needs of each vessel, thereby ensuring optimal performance and efficiency.

Minimizing lubrication feed rate, offers a range of benefits for marine vessels, including optimized operational cost, reduced maintenance costs, and improved engine performance. If you’re interested in learning more about advanced lubrication systems and how they can benefit your vessel, contact Hans Jensen Lubricators today.

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