High-performance material, Xirodur B180, ensures a reliable wear resistant and durable bearing ideal for a variety of application areas. The self lubricating and water-proof nature makes this a perfect solution for the food and packaging industry.
Xiros product manager, Dean Aylott from igus, gives us his top 5 application problems that a Xiros ball bearing solves within the food industry:
- Food Contamination:
The self-lubricating and FDA approved material properties eliminate the need to add lubrication therefore reducing food contamination.
- Heavy machinery:
The light-weight nature reduces weight in the food packaging machines.
- High level of friction/ static build-up:
Xiros bearings reduce friction enabling you to run your machines at higher speeds with less drag, increasing productivity.
- High demand in maintenance:
Maintenance-free nature; increasing service-life and reducing costs.
- Long or time-consuming installation process:
Maintenance-free, no need for un-scheduled downtime. Replace greased steel and stainless steel ball bearings.
xiros® success stories
By swapping to plastic, we have had success in a number of applications. igus recently had an application where steel ball bearings were insufficiently maintained on a UK built machine, that was wrapping confectionary goods overseas. Steel ball bearings were sprayed down with a chemical product/ solution which in-turn penetrated the seal and corroded the original bearing.
The company made an enquiry to igus for a solution to their problem. igus products proved to be of favour and from what was a three week failure rate , igus have completely turned around. Now as it stands, the bearings are still operating within the application two years later. Outstanding feedback! Not only have igus products extended the machine service life, they have also enabled the customer to increase through-put and dramatically slash costs.
The new addition to the xiros® family
The Xiros product range has been extended: the new Xiros End Cap Ball Bearings for larger diameter rollers, such as those used within the success story example above. They feature not only sacrificial ribs for easy installation, yet can withstand a vast range of temperatures from -40°C to +80°C and have a load rating of 294N per bearing.
“The Xiros End Cap Ball Bearings are exactly what the food packaging industry needs.” Dean Aylott enthused, “They can withstand the dynamic and challenging environments that are faced by this industry, making it a reliable and durable market component. With products like these, we can bring the traditional method of conveying inline with 21st Century technology”.
For more information:
Visit the igus website on: http://bit.ly/1ewNj3Z
Or contact Dean Aylott (xiros® product manager) on: