Low-maintenance bearings selected for waste compactor

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Spyraflo self-clinching, self-aligning bearings are being used in a tough application in a solar-powered waste compaction system.

In the USA Spyraflo is helping to clean up cities such as Baltimore, Boston, Queens, NY and Ventura, CA. The ingenious self-clinching, self-aligning bearings are a part of the drive shaft and motor mechanism that powers an exciting new cordless compaction system.

The manufacturer of the system has introduced a solar-powered, cordless design of equipment which uses an energy-efficient chain drive system that enables the units to be deployed virtually anywhere, thereby reducing the frequency of collections and greatly reducing associated carbon dioxide and pollution emissions from truck traffic.

Spyraflo teflon-bronze 20mm diameter flange-mount bearings were chosen because they provided important benefits, including non-corrosive housings and a +/-5degree static self-alignment capability. They also needed to handle a punishing specification supporting high loads transmitted through the motor.

The customer selected the Spyraflo bearings due to their many benefits, including reduced machining and assembly costs, low maintenance, their ability to withstand hot, cold and wet weather, and, most importantly, their affordability. With each unit having a life expectancy of more than 10 years, the choice of Spyraflo bearings was a clear accolade for their long-term reliability as well.

Micromech is the UK distributor for these versatile bearings.

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