Oiling and General Maintenance

A 2 oz bottle of Tri-Flow has been provided.  Please use this lubricant exclusively!  It is being used because residues do not become sticky over time.  The 2 oz bottle will last a very long time.  If more is needed it is available online from McMaster-Carr Supply Company.  The link to the catalogue page is:  https://www.mcmaster.com/1202k43

With normal usage, oiling every 4 to 6 months should be sufficient.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

NEVER PUT OIL INTO THE INSIDE OF THE TEFLON TUBING!!

BECAUSE OF THE CLOSE TOLERANCE BETWEEN THE INNER DIAMETER OF THE TEFLON TUBING AND THE CENTRAL STEEL ROD, OIL ON THE INSIDE OF THE TUBING WILL CAUSE UNWANTED FRICTION AND SLUGGISHNESS BETWEEN THE ROD AND THE TUBING AND WILL IMPACT THE LONGEVITY OF THE SCULPTURE.

The 4 Oiling Points:

Point 1: The gears - A few drops onto the teeth of each gear.  It is most effective to do this while the sculpture is running as this distributes the oil nicely!

Point 2: The Cam Followers - A few drops onto each cam follower plate.  It is most effective to do this while the sculpture is running as this distributes the oil nicely.  BE CAREFUL not to catch the oiling tube on the mechanism.

Point 3: The Guide Rods - A drop at each guide hole.  It is most effective to do this while the sculpture is running.

Point 4: The Tubes - A drop between the Brass tube and its steel support tube.  It is most effective to do this while the sculpture is running as it distributes the oil nicely within the tube.

General Maintenance Notes:

1. Keep the Sculpture Clean! - Keeping the sculpture clean and dust-free will increase the longevity of the machine and promote its proper working condition.

2. Keep the Sculpture Dry! - Keep the sculpture in a dry environment, ideally in a relative humidity range of 40% to 50%.  Even though all steel surfaces have been waxed for surface protection, excessive humidity may lead to rust forming on the steel surfaces.

3. Protect against damage to the Vertical wire components! - Bending the wires will cause an increase of the inner friction and may cause binding of the lower cam follower plates.  Keep the sculpture in a safe place and protect from accidental damage as much as possible.  Significant dangers might be the probing of children's fingers or curious cats!  If a wire is bent, address the issue immediately.  Please contact me if this occurs.

4. The motor is rated for 120 VAC! - This is standard current in the continental U.S. so this is rarely an issue.  If standard voltage in your region is 240VAC a 'step-down' transformer is required.  

5. Inspect the Cam Plates regularly! - When the machine is working properly the cam plates will follow the cams with only slight resistance.  If you notice the cam plates flexing significantly from side to side or if the cam rings are slipping out from between the plates, there is likely excessive friction in that particular follower.  This should be addressed immediately.

6. Run the Machine only when it is being observed! - The Mechanism of 23 Scraps can run 24 hours a day with no issue.  However, considering longevity and the reality of normal wearing of parts, it makes sense to run the machine only when it is being observed.  A timer, motion Detector or a switch are good solutions depending on the situation.  I am happy to assist with making those decisions.  

7. Save the shipping Crate! - The shipping crate has been designed to transport the sculpture safely should it need to be shipped for location changes or repair.

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