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BEARING HEADQUARTERS CO. Solutions for the Waste Water Industry - 07/11/14

News Image Waste Water Treatment Facilities present difficult environments for many products. Specific to bearings; space limitations, water splash and contamination just to name a few.

The Problem:
The customer, a waste water treatment facility, came to Bearing Headquarters because the bearings in their oxidation basins were failing annually. Not only were the bearings costly to replace, the procedure to do so, was rather lengthy as well. To replace these bearings the rotor had to be completely lifted out of their concrete supports. Then the support stand had to be completely disassembled and the gear box removed. Adding to the challenge was having only eight inches of clearance on the gear box side. The removal process required a hoist and took two men two days to complete the overhaul. This process had to be repeated on all six bearings that were in service at this waste water treatment facility.

The waste water treatment facility was spending $13,140.00 annually for the six replacement bearings alone. Add to that the cost of the hoist and labor which were an additional cost of over $1000.00 annually and you can see why it was important to keep these bearings in operation longer.

Bearing Headquarters Solution:
The bearings were replaced with Cooper split bearings. Since the Cooper bearing is completely split, and it provides for a variety of sealing options and assembles in minutes compared to the non-split variety bearing of the same size.

The Savings:
Since installing the Cooper split bearing, the waste water treatment facility has been in operation for two years twice that of the original design - without a single failure. Because of this, the customer has realized a savings of just under $14,000.00 for the two year period and the savings continue to grow the longer they are in service.

On any given day, Bearing Headquarters’ Sales Engineers provide solutions to their customers. To see what solution they can provide your company, contact one of our local sales offices.


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