What Does Bearing Protection Look Like in Pulp and Paper Applications?

It’s no secret that modern industry members and manufacturers must constantly seek process improvements in order to maintain consistent growth and improve reliability within their own operations.

And according to a recent article from pumpengineer.net, this innovative attitude came in handy when the repair shops for two Southeast American paper mills experienced issues with their bearing isolators. The solution? A redesigned systems-focused bearing isolator.

Why Does Contamination and Failure Occur?

Oftentimes — and regardless of industry — costly assets and equipment fail due to lubrication contamination caused by a failed oil seal.

“When kept clean and dry, lubricants can ensure successful machine operation and provide years of wear protection,” SEPCO’s Steve Hall explained in the article. “The struggle then to achieve months, or even weeks, of service life between oil changes is because of contamination ingress.”

So, What’s the Solution?

Fortunately, a well-designed oil seal or bearing isolator often solves this contamination problem in even the toughest of industry applications.

As the pumpengineer.net article details, two Southeastern U.S. paper mill repair shops learned this lesson after experiencing issues and high prices with their existing bearing isolators. And after extensive research and contemplation of a new design, both locations chose different technology and products.

Even better, both facilities experienced decreased costs and greater uptime.

Read the complete article on pumpengineer.net to learn more about this innovative bearing isolator design and to take a more in-depth look into the two case studies.

About the Author
Anna Claire Howard is a contributing writer, editor, and content marketing specialist for Sealing Equipment Products Co. Inc. (SEPCO) and has been since Spring 2019. Before those two big life changes, she was the content marketing specialist for Fluke Accelix; assistant editor for Grand View Outdoors, publisher of Bowhunting World, Predator Xtreme, Whitetail Journal, Tactical Retailer, and Shooting Sports Retailer; managing editor for Media Solutions, Inc., publisher of Gear Solutions, Wind Systems, and Thermal Processing magazines; assistant editor for MSI; and the editorial intern for B.A.S.S., LLC, publisher of Bassmaster Magazine and Bassmaster.com. In these B2B/B2C roles, Anna Claire developed an appreciation for the industrial sector, as well as the operators and technicians who make up the workforce. You can find her on LinkedIn at bit.ly/ACHowardLI.