DECK MACHINERY BEARINGS
Grease-Free Deck Machinery and Other Marine Bearings
Ensuring the smooth, reliable operation of all machinery installed above the waterline is a tall order for a ship’s Deck Crew. Operating conditions are tough, and maintenance requirements of the equipment onerous, with the onset of bearing seizure usually imminent should periodic maintenance be delayed or overlooked. Inadequately greased bronze bushings and seawater shaft corrosion may cause bushing seizure. The versatility of Thordon technology provides boats around the world with pollution-free, low maintenance and long lasting solutions for deck machinery and other unique bearing applications using ThorPlas-Blue, HPSXL TRAXL and other Thordon grades.
ThorPlas-Blue is a low friction polymer bearing designed for problem areas that have frequent maintenance where grease lubrication is not always possible and there is a high cost consequence of seized bushings. Capable of operating pressures to 45MPa (6,527 psi), ThorPlas-Blue can be easily back-fit into virtually all applications where greased bronze is currently installed.
Operating above and below the waterline, ThorPlas-Blue is a direct replacement for all greased bronze bearing applications eliminating the polluting grease, labour time and cost.
Typical applications include davit bearings, fairlead, sheave and pivot bearings, water tight door bushings, cargo ramp bushings and crane bearings.
HPSXL TRAXL is the HPSXL polymer in a bronze-backed configuration for high pressure applications with permissible peak static pressure up to 70 MPa (10,000 psi) with a very low dry coefficient of friction. HPSXL TRAXL is resistant to shock loading and vibration and is excellent for clean, oscillating, water lubricated applications requiring high load capability.
Other Thordon grades may also be possible for different operating environments depending on the pressures, speed and abrasives. Contact us for your unique naval bearing issues.