A processor of food products harvests baby leaf products for sale to leading supermarkets. Its leaf harvester machine had a variety of low cost mounted unit bearings to support shafts of various sizes. During the harvesting season, the machine was subject to frequent bearing failures due to ingress of dirt and water. When a failure occured the harvesting machine was stopped whilst repair work was carried out, leading to production losses and in some cases to spoilt crops. NSK experts were invited to review the application and working conditions. To help combat the ingress issues, they recommended that the mounted unit bearings were replaced with Silver-Lube with improved flinger seal arrangement and Stainless Steel Bearings. During the season after the replacement, only two failures occured, leading to productivity improvement and a significant reduction of costs caused by production losses.
|Before||Cost p.a.||NSK Solution||Cost p.a.|
|Lost production costs||€ 126.600||Lost production costs||€ 63.300|
|Total Costs||€ 126 600||€ 63 300|