The construction industry is no stranger to heavy shock loads and vibration. In these harsh environments, it has become almost expected for machine components to fail regularly. This doesn’t have to be the case.
Applications of the construction industry
Machines used in the construction industry include:
- Tunnel boring machines
- Crawler excavators
- Cement mixers
- Heavy transport vehicles
- Road rollers
- Dump trucks
- Work tools
Challenges of the construction industry
Productivity is key in the construction industry, no matter what the conditions. This means that construction operators are often forced to push equipment to the extremes to meet stretching targets, operating under heavy loads and in harsh conditions. Application design needs to be robust in order to withstand this challenging environment, with components able to stand up to heavy shock loads and vibration.
Equipment also needs to be able to operate in all weathers: the construction industry doesn’t wait for summer! Operating in heavy rain, strong winds and snow is common, and machine components need to be up to the challenge.
The construction industry demands maximum power density, with no time for failure. Applications such as tunnel boring machines are pushed to their limits in order to meet tight deadlines. A main bearing failure on a tunnel boring machine can put a project behind by up to two years, so the cost of failure is high.
It is also critical that worker safety remains paramount, as injury rates are high within the construction industry. Low maintenance equipment is ideal for improving worker safety, as it helps workers to avoid situations where they could become injured.
ACORN understands the challenges faced within the construction industry and is committed to supplying construction businesses with components that are best suited to the harsh conditions experienced in the industry.
Products of the construction industry
Products commonly used in construction include:
- Plain bearings
- Taper roller bearings
- Cylindrical roller thrust bearings
- Split-to-the-shaft bearings
- Insulated bearings
- Machine condition monitoring
- Timing belts
- V belts
- Conveyor belts
- Electric Motors
- Flywheel couplings
- Gear couplings
- Pin and bush couplings
- Hydraulic cylinders
- Industrial Seals
- Automatic lubricators
Contact ACORN today to discover how we can help you to maximise both your productivity and your profitability.