Bearings - 2018-07-10
The fine dust produced when cutting or slotting concrete pipe can be extremely damaging to standard shielded deep groove ball bearings. Dust gets behind the seal and contaminates the lubricating grease, which as the UK concrete pipe producer now knows, can prove extremely costly.
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The use of NSK Molded-Oil bearings has overcome the problems associated with fine dust when cutting or slotting concrete pipe. Photo: John Barry of Nicola/Shutterstock.com
At the UK concrete pipe plant, the recommendation of replacing the existing shielded deep groove ball bearings with NSK’s Molded-Oil bearings proved highly successful. Molded-Oil bearings are available as part of a comprehensive range that is purpose-designed to deliver extended operating life in harsh industry environments. The lubricant (oil-impregnated polyofin resin) within the bearings is durably incorporated inside a stable carrier medium. Moreover, the lubricant is only released slowly, ensuring sufficient lubrication is maintained over a long operating period.
Importantly, the incorporation of a DDU seal for the application at the concrete pipe facility ensured protection against the ingress of dust produced by the slotting operation. Indeed, a trial over a 12-month period showed no failures whatsoever. Based on four failures per year prior to the adoption of Molded-Oil bearings, the elimination of downtime costs at 8 hours per failure, has led to annual savings of €38,400.
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