Release time : 2015-06-12 10:02:20
SKF's purpose-designed polymer ball bearings provided Belimed with a low-friction solution that can withstand the high temperatures present inside its cleaning machines.
SKF has offered its expertise in bearing technology to Belimed Technik in Germany, enabling the company to make its latest range of industrial cleaning machines considerably easier to operate SKF's purpose-designed polymer ball bearings provided Belimed with a low-friction solution that can withstand the high temperatures present inside its cleaning machines
Belimed Technik specialises in cleaning, disinfecting and sterilisation equipment and services for the pharmaceutical industry, healthcare establishments and laboratories.
The company recently released a new range of cleaning machines, the PH 8xx.2 type, partly in response to requests from pharmaceutical firms for machines with greater loading capacity with limited external dimensions.
In Belimed's latest design, the slide-out racks that hold the equipment to be cleaned originally rested on plain, nonlubricated bearing sheaves that rolled on rails, as in earlier models.
In some cases, loading and unloading operations were simply too difficult. Lubrication of the sheaves would have been difficult because grease could leak out from the high speed bearing into the super-clean environment of the washing chamber, unless the bearings were hermetically sealed; a solution requiring more space than was available. Jurgen Althammer, who heads development at Belimed Technik, explained the situation, "We needed new sheaves that had exactly the same dimensions and geometry as the former unsatisfactory ones but with much lower rolling resistance".
"They had to retain this feature even at high temperatures, because our machines wash at 85C and the drying process is at 120C". "The bearings had to be either hermetically sealed or easy to rinse out and the whole part had to withstand exposure to aggressive chemicals, including nitric and sulphuric acids and alkalis, such as caustic soda". Faced with this set of constraints, SKF developed a customised solution.
To reach the maximum load-carrying capacity, together with axial guidance in the very limited headroom available, SKF designed a cageless polymer track-runner needle roller bearing with two full-complement, asymmetric sets of stainless steel balls. The rings are made of polyetheretherketone (PEEK). As polymers have a low coefficient of friction, the bearings do not need lubrication. As there is no cage, the bearings are easy to rinse out, an essential requirement of the application.