Editor’s pickStay on Top of Lubrication Plans with Smartphones or Tablets


Breweries and beverage plants all over the world are looking for complete-range supplier to avoid interfaces. This does not only apply to machinery and complete bottling lines but also to all consumables that assure reliable functioning of these machineries and bottling lines. Products have to be adapted to match the machines and lines exactly, targeting a highly efficient machinery and bottling line performance.

One important factor to reach a high efficiency of machines and complete lines is lubrication. When all gear units, chains and bearings in a machine are properly lubricated, this will provide multiple benefits for the line owner concerned because lubricants reduce friction, thus making for a significantly longer lifetime of the components involved. What’s more, a smoothly running line naturally enough performs significantly better.

Getting Straight to the (Lubrication) Point

KIC Krones is now revolutionising the world of lubrication plans. This is because instead of printouts, the company has opted for an app solution that reduces the workload quite substantially: Time2Lubrify knows exactly when and where the next lubrication routine is due – and can be relied upon to remind the operators in each case using a push function.

Navigation has been designed for intuitive operator control, guiding the employee directly to the lubrication points involved via the various systems and machines. A RAG display shows precisely whether the point in question must be lubricated today (red), tomorrow (amber) or in the near future (green). The operator can also use a filter to sort the individual lubrication points by urgency.

Flexible System Variants

Time2Lubrify is very flexible in adapting to each line owner’s specific needs. There are two system variants:

1. Incorporation of all Krones machines by KIC Krones

2. Providing the system architecture for the client to enter his complete array of machinery himself

On request, KIC Krones will join forces with the customer to incorporate his entire line – irrespective of whether it consists of Krones machines or third-party kit.