Saving costs & resources with the retreading of wire-race bearings
Sustainability and resource conservation are also important topics in mechanical engineering. Repairing machines and components instead of scrapping them is in many cases the better approach, to maintain or even increase the efficiency and profitability of a production plant. Franke wire-race bearings can support you with this.
Bearing assemblies with integrated wire-race bearings have a long service life. But even if the wire-race bearing has reached the end of its service life, the elaborately manufactured housing parts can still be used. They are not directly exposed to the stresses of the bearing and are therefore often still in good condition.
Often, it is sufficient to replace individual components such as race rings, balls and cage to restore the bearing to full functionality. This saves time and costs and is a valuable contribution to the conservation of resources and the protection of the environment.
Especially in the case of complex housing parts with complicated geometry or made of exclusive materials such as stainless steel, retreading quickly pays off.
In the Franke archives, the special geometric characteristics of all the wire-race bearings ever manufactured are saved. Previously in hand-written documentation and now in digital databases. The technical specifications even of bearing assemblies from the late 80‘s of the last century can be used to replace the wire-race bearing to be renewed 1:1.
If Franke bearing assemblies approach the end of their estimated service life, the bearing is removed and sent to Franke for inspection. There an initial visual inspection is carried out and the possibilities for retreading are assessed.
If the external conditions of the bearing justify a revision, the bearing is opened and disassembled into its individual parts. Even at this stage, Franke specialists recognise the existing recycling potential and can provide the customer an offer.