Bearing recycling in mind

Bearing recycling in mind: Three bearing solutions for the recycling industry

Conditions in the recycling industry are tough, and these harsh conditions make life difficult for bearings. Vibration, shock loads and high levels of contamination mean that premature bearing failure is often seen as unavoidable. This doesn’t have to be the case.

We asked our Bearings and Maintenance Product Manager, Clive Simkins, to talk us through three of the top choices for bearings in the recycling industry.

Timken solid block housed unit

Timken’s solid block housed unit is a strong contender in the recycling industry, thanks to its ability to perform under even the harshest operating conditions. These bearing units can accommodate up to 1.5 degrees of misalignment, as well as having the strength to withstand shock loads caused by falling debris.

The unique sealing design of Timken solid block housed units offers extreme protection against dry contaminants such as dirt and debris, as well as wet environments. The increased performance and durability offered by Timken solid block housed units in the recycling industry helps to keep the total cost of ownership to a minimum.

SKF Cooper split cylindrical roller bearing

SKF Cooper’s split cylindrical roller bearings showcase an innovative design which features split-to-the-shaft technology. This pioneering arrangement minimises installation and maintenance time, as no dismantling of surrounding machinery is required. This also offers plant workers an improvement in safety.

The cylindrical rollers within this bearing offer a high load capacity, with excellent resistance to the shock loads that are common in this industry. The benefits of the split-to-the-shaft design, coupled with the reliability that these bearings bring, mean that SKF Cooper split cylindrical roller bearings are ideal for increasing uptime and reducing costs in the recycling industry.

Following the launch of their split spherical roller bearing in 2019, there are high expectations of a wider range of sizes being available in the near future which will further enhance SKF Cooper’s range in difficult and challenging applications. This will deliver the misalignment capability which is often crucially overlooked.

NSK Molded-Oil™ bearings

NSK Molded-Oil bearings are lubricated with an oil-impregnated lubricant, designed by NSK. This lubricant, Molded-Oil, gradually releases oil onto the bearing, for long-lasting lubrication. This minimises oil leakage as the minimum required quantity of lubricant is released onto the bearing at one time. This makes these bearings extremely environmentally friendly; a must in the recycling industry.

NSK Molded-Oil bearings offer excellent performance in contaminated environments, with the ability to withstand the washdown process commonly performed in the recycling industry. This makes these bearings an excellent choice for applications operating in wet environments.

Whatever your application requirements, ACORN can help you to choose the right bearing for your recycling machinery. Contact your local sales team today to find out more.

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