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Orion Engineered Seals Receives BPD Patent

Orion’s Path to Innovative Bearing Protection Technology and the Issuing of their Patent

Since the opening of Orion Engineered Seals in 2011, their team has been working tirelessly to ensure they have the most innovative products available to increase the reliability of rotating equipment. Among their various product lines, it is their patented Bearing Protection Device (BPD) in its many design variations that separates them from their competition. In March of 2017, after a long yet rewarding process, they were issued a US PATENT for their robust and distinctly innovative Bearing Protection Device (BPD) technology. There is so much they could say about why their products stand above their competition, but today we’re going to focus specifically on the team behind the BPD and why Orion has been so successful.

Orion Engineered Seals - BPDTodd Brickson, Director of Engineering has been working in manufacturing for over 25 years and is enjoying the fruits of his hard work. When designing the BPD device he had a few key points going through his mind.

  • To create the most effective, innovative, and efficient design in bearing protection
  • How can we be innovative in the market and create something that has never been seen before
  • Develop multiple internal layers of contaminant control that would surpass any design available in the market today.

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Protect Paper Machine Bearings from Failure

BPD-FM - Paper Machine Bearing ProtectionThe Orion Engineered Seals patented Bearing Protection Device (BPD) represents state of the art bearing protection technology and is the premier non-contacting bearing protection device offered. The BPD was designed with an understanding of the nature of the bearing housing environment under all operating conditions and utilizes the laws of physics to create what has proven to be the best performing and most cost effective way to protect the bearings of your rotating equipment.


BPD-FM - Paper Machine Bearing ProtectionProblem: Paper machines operate in hot, humid environments resulting in reduced bearing life, costly downtime and lost production.Paper machine bearings most often fail due to contamination ingress into the bearing housing.

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Protect Pillow Block Bearings from Failure

Orion Engineered Seals - Pillow Block BearingThe Orion Engineered Seals patented Bearing Protection Device (BPD) represents state of the art bearing protection technology and is the premier non-contacting bearing protection device offered. The BPD was designed with an understanding of the nature of the bearing housing environment under all operating conditions and utilizes the laws of physics to create what has proven to be the best performing and most cost effective way to protect the bearings of your rotating equipment.


Pillow Block Bearings

A pillow block bearing is made up of two components: a mounting bracket (pillow block), and the bearing itself, housed in the mounting bracket.  These are usually used in low-torque, light-load applications.

Orion Engineered Seals - Pillow Block Bearing (BPD-PB)

The pillow block is mounted to a foundation, while still allowing the shaft and inner ring of the bearing to rotate freely. Pillow block bearing manufacturers usually supply some sealing arrangement for the fixture, to prevent dust and other contaminants from entering the housing, while also retaining lubrication (either oil or grease). Oftentimes, the OEM seals are inadequate, causing pillow block bearing failure.

Problem: OEM seal rings are not capable of providing long term bearing protection from harsh environments and inadequate lubrication retention.

Solution: The BPD-PB

  • Designed specifically for pillow block bearings
  • Incorporates all of the standard BPD contamination exclusion features
  • Designed for split pillow block housings
  • Extensive Dodge and SKF data base
  • Engineered for specific applications
  • Designed for ease of installation

The Orion Engineered Seals BPD can be used all throughout the plant.  There are a variety of designs already created for Pumps, Motors, Gearboxes, Pillow Blocks, Turbines, Oil Mist applications, Paper Machine Rolls, and many other specialty applications.  But as Orion’s name implies, they are manufacturing “Engineered Seals”, and would be happy to design a custom sealing solution for your worst application.

Gallagher Fluid Seals is your authorized distributor of Orion Engineered Seals BPD in the northeast and mid-Atlantic.  If you have questions about the BPD and how to implement it into your processes, please contact us today!

Protect Pump Bearings with the Orion BPD

Orion Engineered Seals - Bearing Protection Device (BPD)The Orion Engineered Seals patented Bearing Protection Device (BPD) represents state of the art bearing protection technology and is the premier non-contacting bearing protection device offered. The BPD was designed with an understanding of the nature of the bearing housing environment under all operating conditions and utilizes the laws of physics to create what has proven to be the best performing and most cost effective way to protect the bearings of your rotating equipment.

2 Common Pump Problems, 1 Solution… the BPD

Bearing Protection Device (BPD) - Centrifugal PumpProblem 1: Pumps routinely operate in high humidity and dirty environments. They are also commonly operating batch processes meaning the pump is cycled on and off.   These operating conditions results in contamination ingress into the bearing housing, which is the primary cause of shortened bearing life.

Solution: The BPD – Designed for the conditions encountered by centrifugal pumps

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Protect Motor Bearings from Premature Failure

BPD-GB - Motor Bearing Protection DeviceThe Orion Engineered Seals patented Bearing Protection Device (BPD) represents state of the art bearing protection technology and is the premier non-contacting bearing protection device offered. The BPD was designed with an understanding of the nature of the bearing housing environment under all operating conditions and utilizes the laws of physics to create what has proven to be the best performing and most cost effective way to protect the bearings of your rotating equipment.

BPD-GB – Motor Bearing Protection Device

Problem: The increased use of VFD’s offers substantial efficiency improvements. However, a key drawback is stray VFD generated currents that result in premature motor bearing failures.

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Protection for Flooded Gearbox Shafts

Orion Seals BPD-C - Gearbox ApplicationThe Orion Engineered Seals patented Bearing Protection Device (BPD) represents state of the art bearing protection technology and is the premier non-contacting bearing protection device offered. The BPD was designed with an understanding of the nature of the bearing housing environment under all operating conditions and utilizes the laws of physics to create what has proven to be the best performing and most cost effective way to protect the bearings of your rotating equipment.

The BPD-C Works in Flooded Environments

Orion Seals - Gearbox ApplicationProblem: Traditional sealing methods for the flooded gearbox shafts are inadequate, resulting in oil leaking out of the gearbox, creating an environmental and safety hazard.

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Introducing Orion’s Bearing Protection Device

Orion Engineered Seals - Bearing Protection Device (BPD)The Orion Engineered Seals Bearing Protection Device (BPD)

The Orion Engineered Seals patented Bearing Protection Device (BPD) represents state of the art bearing protection technology which provides maximum protection against contaminants while maintaining lubrication in the bearing.  It is the premier non-contacting bearing protection device on the market today.

The BPD was designed with an understanding of the nature of the bearing housing environment under all operating conditions and utilizes the laws of physics to create what has proven to be the best performing and most cost effective way to protect the bearings of your rotating equipment. Every feature of the BPD is designed to work together as a system.

What Makes Orion’s Bearing Protection Device (BPD) Better

Orion Engineered Seals - Bearing Protection Device (BPD)Two Vertical Internal Chambers – The Orion BPD utilizes the laws of physics with the vertical alignment of the internal chambers to create the most effective and efficient bearing protection device on the market today.

Internal Static Elastomers – BPD is the only true non-contacting device with two internal static elastomers, eliminating the potential of dynamic o-ring hangup.

Contaminant Exclusion – With double exclusion chambers, the Orion BPD can exclude the higher volumes of contaminant, ensuring longer bearing life.

Angled Oil Return – With an angled oil return, the Orion BPD offers enhanced return flow and higher volume capacity with no oil leakage.

Angled Interface – While competing products offer a straight interface, the Orion BPD features an angled interface, giving the contaminant direction and flow to expel more efficiently.

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