R.T. Kirkpatrick presentation to
2017 Offshore Safe Lifting Conference & Expo
Pressure Lubrication of Wire Rope: “Fact or Fiction?”
The Kirkpatrick Group name, in support of our customer’s worldwide maintenance requirements, extends back to 1967. This experience was first established in support of our own fleet of 400 rental cranes and later with the wire rope lubrication systems developed to maintain those crane load lines, pendants, and boom hoist cables. The Kirkpatrick Group, Inc. has been the manufacturer of wire rope lubrication equipment for over three decades. In 1982, we developed the first successful wire rope lubrication system in the world for our own use. Therefore, our reputation and field experience far exceeds any other producer of similar equipment because it was developed around our own requirements. No other producer can make this claim.
Kirkpatrick Wire Rope Lubrication Systemsare excellent for Wire Rope & Cable Lubrication and Cleaning. In only one application, wire rope can have its surface and groove pattern scraped clean of product build-up and grit, while at the same time new lubricant is uniformly applied to the newly cleaned surface. Coating product then fills any open spaces within the groove pattern, and internal strands open to receive it. This is accomplished as the wire rope passes through a controlled, 100% pressurized, immersion within the Internal Seal Lubrication Chamber. Surface moisture trapped within the internal strands is displaced and replaced with the newly applied wire rope coating product. Kirkpatrick Systems are functional with both low and high viscosity coatings. They can be incorporated as a Grease Applicator for tough applications where higher viscosity coatings are required to fight friction wear due to strand rubbing, as well as a low viscosity oiling system required for certain Cable Cleaning & Lubrication applications.
Our Wire Rope Lubricants:
A great deal of time has been taken by our company to determine what characteristics our wire rope lubricants should have in meeting the stringent corrosion / wear and environmental requirements as set forth by our users. Dynagard™ “Blue”, Dynagard™ Blue CSS13, Dynagard™ “E” and Dynagard™ LVL are the result and are formulated to give the user the most complete coating and penetration of wire rope possible. In addition, their environmental field performance has resulted in their use by the United States Navy, United States Coast Guard, United States Army Corps of Engineers, TVA, Bureau of Land Reclamation, NOAA and many other governmental organizations worldwide.
Dynagard™ Blueextreme pressure, unleaded environmental wire rope lubricant blended for excellent resistance to softening under severe working conditions, water resistance, and it’s compatibility with all Kirkpatrick Wire Rope Lubrication Systems in addition to manual hand application.
Dynagard™ “E”is a revolutionary non-toxic, 97% biodegradable, wire rope lubricant that meets the performance levels of petroleum-based greases in areas of fluid film and corrosion protection of wire rope strands.
Dynagard Blue CSS13™is formulated with a high viscosity base oil and engineered with a unique combination of additives to create the highest level of adhesion performance against fling off at high-speed Wire travel. It is also designed to resist water wash off in severe working marine environments.
Dynagard™ LVLis a highly tenacious adhesive wire rope dressing formulated for use in both Marine and Mining applications where a quickly penetrating product is required with the low fling-off adhesive attributes of a much higher viscosity coating. This is especially important at high wire rope travel speeds where fling-off is more apt to occur after the initial application of the product.