Improve Overall Operational Efficiency with MDI Reliability Services


Senior Account Executive Beth Medlen is responsible for servicing James Hardie’s Trim Plant in Peru, IL. The plant has encountered continual bearing failure in one of their sander applications. After inspecting the bearings and assessing the damage, the problem identified was due to improper lubrication. Knowing the sander bearings were in a high contamination area and starving of grease, Beth knew she could provide a solution. 


With the help of Perma USA and their Perma Star Vario Autoluber, Beth was able to remotely mount a series of four 250cc auto greasers to the system. With the auto lubricator, the right grease for the application, and correct mounting systems they were able to adequately provide grease to the multiple bearings.


Taking into account the overall operational efficiency, Beth was able to save James Hardie $44,176 over the course of 22 months. Operational efficiency is calculated by determining the Performance x Quality x Availability of a piece of machinery. The sander application was losing multiple bearings over the course of a year leading to increased labor and replacement part costs. With the help of Perma USA and their Star Vario unit, they have been able to avoid expended resources for this particular application. 


Additional Information

Perma USA is the leader in single point auto lubrication technology. The Star Vario unit is a single-point lubricator that excels in applications that include, but are not limited to, roller and sliding bearings, sliding guides, open gears, gear racks, spindles, shaft seals, and chains. 

This lubrication system is ideal for applications that require precise lubricant metering. It is a preferred system for electric motors with very specific relubrication amounts. Perma Star Vario protects against all weather, dust, debris, and even water jets when assembled correctly.


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