Rockford, IL — Foundry slag and other contaminants, coupled with extreme heat and cold make foundry environments difficult for antifriction linear motion systems, the heart of foundry automation. Catastrophic failure and unplanned downtime resulting in lost profits and missed customer deliveries are the norm for most foundries’ equipment as they move dirty heavy castings and molds. One well known foundry was experiencing problems in their production line and contacted PBC Linear for assistance. The foundry uses casting tippers to divert dozens of foundry castings after they are molded. These castings can weigh tons and require incredible force to be moved. To reduce the force required to move the castings, an antifriction solution was required. Standard cam followers were originally used to accomplish the task; however, they usually failed after a short period of time, due to the environment. Other competing linear guide systems were brought into solve the problem, but failed within weeks of installation.
Tough, long-lasting Hevi-Rail® Combination Bearings
PBC Linear recommended their foundry proven Hevi-Rail® product. With the ability to handle extremely high axial and radial loads–up to 60 tons– and designed to provide even dispersion of forces along its guide rails, Hevi-Rail® excels in tough and dirty environments. The product’s radial and axial bearing components are hardened, sealed and pre-lubricated for years of maintance free life. The profile guide rail can be easily welded into place or mounted with optional clamp flanges. Stock components and accessories that are simple to set up and align helped to make the conversion trouble free, on time and on budget.
Profile Rail for Hevi-Rail® product
After installing PBC Linear’s Hevi-Rail® product into their production lines, unplanned downtime came to a halt, production costs were driven down, net profits dramatically increased and deliveries met. Hevi-Rail® has kept the production lines running for two years without incident.
For 135 years, this foundry has been in operation. Now, they can continue well into the future efficiently armed with PBC Linear’s Hevi-Rail® product. HeviRail® can be implemented into a wide variety of high load capacity applications. Durable and long-lasting, Hevi-Rail® is built tough to handle the heaviest loads in the most demanding environments.
Filed Under: Linear motion • slides, Motion control • motor controls