Thordon non-metallic bearings have been used in a wide range of industries and various applications such as in pumps, pivot points, screw conveyors, hydro turbine wicket gates, agitators, and flocculator paddle wheels. Thordon Bearings are design to work under the most extreme conditions: abrasive, corrosive, high impact load, high humidity, and infrequent maintenance periods.
With a low inherent coefficient of friction, Thordon bearings typically do not require grease lubrication. This results in reduced maintenance costs and safety issues. Environmental and product contamination concerns associated with grease lubrication are eliminated. Thordon Bearings are homogenous polymers with built-in lubricants. The lubricants, being dispersed through the bearing material, continue to provide low friction through the life of the bearings.
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Re-posted on behalf of Thordon Bearings. Gallagher Fluid Seals is a longtime distributor of Thordon Bearings in New England and eastern NY.
Thordon Bearings and Drydocks World-Dubai (DDW-D) have today signed a milestone agreement under which the UAE-based shipyard will work together with Thordon Bearings Inc. to promote the conversion of ships’ oil lubricated propeller shafts to Thordon’s COMPAC open seawater lubricated bearing system.
The agreement will create an action plan in which a specialist team, comprised of Drydocks World-Dubai and Thordon Bearings’ personnel, offer support to ship managers and owners looking to ensure their vessels are fully compliant with environmental legislation prohibiting the discharge of oil from the oil-to-sea interface of ships' propeller shafts. Shipowners could face substantial financial penalties if their vessels are found to be non-compliant.
Non-metallic bearings may not be the best answer in every case but have been an excellent choice for many applications worldwide. In general, these product-lubricated bearings preclude additional contaminants (oils, greases) infiltrating the pumped fluid.
Non-metallic bearing materials include rubbers, synthetic rubbers (elastomers), plastics, graphite based materials, ceramics and lignum vitae. Thordon XL, Thordon SXL and Thordon Composite (GM2401) are elastomeric grades that offer exceptional wear life, low friction, reduced starting torque and dry start-up capability (SXL only). The inconvenience of pre-lubricating with water and the failures that can result if the flow of liquid is interrupted are eliminated. These elastomeric grades perform particularly well in dirty water and in applications where shock loading is a factor. These grades have high resilience, readily restoring to original shape from impact or localized deflection caused by passing minor particulate. In addition, the high toughness of the material enhances the natural resistance to abrasion damage.
ThorPlas is a proprietary, engineered thermoplastic bearing material. While the range of high performance elastomer bearing grades clearly offers superior performance in the applications in which they can be specified, there are technical limits, such as maximum temperatures and pressures beyond which they cannot be used. To address these limitations, this new grade significantly expands the range of applications where bearings can be specified while still maintaining many recognized elastomeric performance advantages.
Thordon Bearings is the world's leading manufacturer of high performance, long lasting bearings that require no oil or grease. Thordon is recognized around the world as the bearing material of choice for thousands of pump repair shops, OEM's and end users.
Thordon's abrasive wear rates far outperform all the other "standard" bearing materials, such as phenolic, PEEK, rubber, and many others. The table below shows the bearing volume loss in a Rotary Drum Abrasion Test (ASTM D 5964-96).
Thordon is the world leader in grease and oil-free bearing solutions, and now they have a mechanical face seal as part of their product offering: Thordon TG100.
With the Thordon TG100 propeller shaft seals, workboats no longer have to put up with the maintenance hassles and shaft wear commonly experienced with stuffing boxes. Stuffing boxes often cause excessive shaft wear and are not considered a reliable solution in emergency situations.