Thordon - Hydro PlantAs the largest gathering of hydro professionals worldwide, join 3000+ attendees and 320+ exhibiting companies from around the world for a week of informative hydropower-focused meetings, workshops, tours, an extensive program and exhibition. HydroVision International highlights perspectives on the role of hydropower, explores issues affecting hydro resources, and helps participants develop a vision to meet challenges and ensure the future sustainability of hydro.

Benefits of Attending:
  • Build alliances among 3,000+ hydro professionals and water resource stakeholders
  • Attend multiple networking events to make a connection with colleagues
  • Share knowledge, expertise and viewpoints toward effective solutions
  • Gain a better understanding of current and future challenges affecting hydro during the 60+ conference sessions
  • Hear from over 400 hydro speakers
  • See the most comprehensive collection of 320+ hydro-related product and service providers on the exhibit floor
  • Promote technology development to sustain the hydro industry
  • Earn Professional Development Hour Credits - Attendees registered as Full Conference Delegates are eligible to receive 15 Professional Development Hours (PDH) credits.

HydroVision - Thordon PresentationWhile you are in Denver for HydroVision International 2017 this summer join Greg Auger, P. Eng of Thordon Bearings at the nearby Hilton Garden Inn Denver Downtown on Tuesday, June 27th  from Noon-4PM for a light lunch and their seminar…

Reducing Maintenance and
Eliminating Pollution Risk from Aging Equipment


Topics will include:


Eliminating Greased Babbitt from a “Diaphragm” or “Seal Bearing” using Water and Thordon materials
  • Eliminated greasing & pollution risk by re‐designing original bearing to use water lubrication
  • 1st example – 4.1MW vertical Francis turbine, built in 1924
  • 2nd example – vertical propeller turbine, built in early 1900’s
Carbon to SXL – Radial Segmented Seal Refurbishment
  • 6x 93MW Francis units, built in 1965 originally with carbon graphite radial seal segments
  • Reduced leakage, extended seal face life, and simplified assembly & installation with Thordon SXL
  • Saved money by re‐working existing large diameter seal housing castings instead of replacing
Oil to Water ‐ Kaplan Turbine Guide Bearing Conversion
  • 15MW vertical Kaplan unit, built in 1956 originally with oil lubricated Babbitt bearing
  • Replaced oil lubricated turbine guide bearing with water lubrication using Thordon SXL
  • Tapered keyset design allows bearing inspection or replacement in <1day
Upgrading Linkage Bearings on a Pump Turbine
  • 3x 365MW pump turbine units, built in 1995
  • Replaced SKF self‐lubricated spherical bearings with unique Thordon design to extend bearing life
  • Uses ThorPlas thermoplastic material to reduce impact loading due to gate vibration
Grease Free, Zero Maintenance Gate Hoist Bearings
  • Original greased roller bearings on tainter gate chain hoist replaced with Thordon SXL
  • Split pillow block design allows easy replacement of bearing inserts
  • No maintenance or automatic greasing systems required, zero risk of grease pollution into river
Q&A / Open Technical Discussion

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Also mention if you'd like to receive a 4-hour training certificate when you RSVP.