Writer: Eric Bearing Limited
Global bearings innovator, Bowman International, has launched to market a split roller bearing with substantially higher radial and axial load capacities.
Ideal for applications such as propulsion shafts in ships, screw conveyors in abrasive industrial environments and conveyor drives in the mining sector, the new Bowman Advanced Split Roller Bearing offers up to 75% higher radial load capacity and up to a 1000% increase in axial load capacity in both directions.
Meeting the bearing demands of modern industry
Time and cost pressures affect all sectors and for industrial applications, the need to produce more, faster, takes its toll on machinery, meaning components must be able to withstand the additional load.
For decades, the split roller bearing market has stood still, unable to accommodate the evolving needs of these vital high-load applications, resulting in more maintenance, expensive downtime and lost production capacity.
This is a challenge Bowman tackled head on and now, thanks to the technological possibilities of 3D printing, there is a split roller bearing with enough thrust capacity and increased radial load capacity to replace solid spherical roller bearings in rotating machinery. The resulting reduction in downtime, quicker maintenance processes and improved machine performance all translate to cost and time efficiencies.
Up to ten times faster bearing changes
Delivering up to ten times faster bearing change times compared to solid bearings, Bowman Advanced Split Roller Bearings have been designed with speed of maintenance in mind.
“When space is limited, engineers often need to disconnect the coupling and move other equipment, such as motors, gearboxes or pumps out of the way before they can slide solid bearings off the shaft for replacement or maintenance,” explains Ian.
“Split roller bearings can be assembled radially around the shaft, eliminating these additional logistical challenges and making maintenance and replacement a lot faster and more cost-effective. To further enhance time and cost savings, the Bowman Advanced Split Roller Bearing uses the rollers to lock the two cage halves together, eradicating the use of small and easy to lose clips and other locking components.”
Compatible with existing competitor housings
As part of the Advanced Split Roller Bearing portfolio, Bowman has created a range of dimensionally interchangeable retrofit products that can be fitted directly into the existing competitors bearing housings to quickly and cost-effectively improve radial and axial load capacities.These Interchangeable Split Roller Bearings have been designed with equivalent critical mounting dimensions to all other leading bearing brands, so that they can slot directly into other manufacturer’s cartridges for instant performance improvements. We can also supply FAG pillow block bearing , if you are interested , pls click here :
In fact, retrofitting existing bearings, but keeping the housing in-situ can exceed the capacities offered by the current market leader by up to 26 percent, resulting in up to double the bearing L10 life, reduced downtime and increased productivity.The Interchangeable Split Roller Bearings are available in 01/01E/Light series from 30mm to 300mm and 02/02E/Medium series from 190mm to 300mm shaft sizes.Connectivity and data-driven performance analysis
To support the smart factory evolution and the integration of connectivity into industrial environments, Bowman offer the addition of temperature and vibration monitoring sensors that can gather data in real-time and alert maintenance engineers of pending machine failure.Real-time monitoring of bearing conditions can assist with predictive maintenance and reducing downtime, alerting the engineer via smartphone or the site’s building management system.