Australian Baldor has launched washdown versions of its innovative adapter ball bearing range, the Dodge Grip Tight.
Now offered in polymer and stainless steel housings, in addition to cast iron, the unique maintenance friendly features of these ball bearings can be applied to reduce equipment lifecycle costs in washdown-duty zones of food, pharmaceutical and chemical processing plants.
Dodge Grip Tight offers a much lower cost of ownership than a conventional ball bearing system, because it features a patented easy-off adapter system and housing designs that will accept as many as seven different sizes of fully concentric, 360°shaft rings.
The concentric bearing adapter press-fits onto the shaft and automatically loosens for maintenance or replacement by simply turning a nut-which pulls the bearing off and pushes the adapter in the opposite direction.
This innovation avoids any need for forcible removal or expansion heating-eliminating fretting corrosion and preventing shaft damage.
The unique technology featured in the Dodge bearing also reduces system vibration and allows for quieter operation.
Dodge Grip Tight bearings are additionally specifically engineered to run at higher speeds and operate cooler, for longer grease life. This reliability is aided by a Proguard plus seal with flingers, which protects by keeping lubricants in and contaminants out.
Significant inventory reduction will also be possible for many users because one bearing and housing design accepts a range of adapter sizes.
Instead of stocking many individual bearing systems, many customers will be able to reduce their inventory with a universal housing plus a range of bore size adapters.
Washdown Dodge Grip Tight adapter ball bearings are available in either polymer or stainless steel housings to suit the application and with corrosion resistant ball bearings for sizes up to 50mm / 2 inches.
These complement the general-purpose industrial Dodge Grip Tight range, which is manufactured from standard bearing-grade steel, with rugged cast iron housings for metric or imperial shaft diameters of 17 to 90mm, or 1/2 to 3-7/16 inches.
A range of different housing styles is available including pillow block, tapped base, two, three and four-bolt flange, piloted flange and take-up.