ROCK ISLAND, IL (PRWEB) January 4, 2005
In this day and time when companies continue to report declining sales and operating losses, Inpro/Seal Company, the Rock Island, IL, based manufacturer of bearing isolators is pleased to report that sales and deliveries for calendar 2004, are the best in the company's 27 year history by more than 16%.
Though other factors come into play, the firm attributes much of this phenomenal success to the increasing worldwide interest, acceptance and preference for Inpro/Seal branded bearing isolators, including new products and product enhancements that continue to increase customerÂs plant productivity with measurable bottom line results.
With a very active R & D program, developments include: the OM 32 that optimizes oil mist applications by eliminating stray emissions, environmental and housekeeping issues; the Air MizerÂ - PS a dry sealing system provides a positive seal in applications were dry particulates, powders and bulk solids are handled, processed, packaged and stored; IEEE-841 motors that use bearing isolators as part of their specification and the standard for bearing protection; the VBX-H Design that protects machine tool spindle bearings from coolant, chips, humidity and heat; and the only product that protects rolling element bearings on paper machines from the wet end to the dry end.
According to David C. Orlowski, CEO of Inpro/Seal, the holder of some 40 patents and considered by many as the ÂfatherÂ of bearing isolation technology, ÂThrough our ongoing efforts to educate and inform, more and more end users are finding out that they have had misconceptions about sealing devices and that contact seals are not their only option when it comes to protecting bearings. And when find out that bearing isolators provide levels of protection previously unavailable in any kind of bearing protection device with bottom line implications, they quickly become a convert.Â
Life Cycle Aspects
Orlowski continued, ÂBefore the bearing isolator or Inpro/Seal was introduced, bearing protection was limited to lip seals, face seals and other types of contact seals. Problem was that a rubber lip seal with a maximum useful life of 3,000 hours (4.1 months) was used to protect rolling element bearings with a design life rating that exceeded 150,000 hours (17 years). Contact or lip seals are subject to wear and have an unknown, unpredictable service life. Their short operating lifetimes, which can be as little as 1,000 hours, means that end users have to contend with unnecessary catastrophic equipment failure and downtime. Bearing isolators, on the other hand are non-contacting and do not wear out. And, as rotating equipment is routinely maintained and repaired, the bearing isolators can be used over and over for many years.Â
Orlowski concluded, ÂWhen engaged with a rotating shaft, each contact seal, (lip seal and face seal) consumes, on average, 147 watts of power while operating. To show how significant this can be, if every bearing isolator that Inpro/Seal shipped in 2004 was used to replace an energy consuming lip seal, the energy savings alone would total in excess of twenty five million dollars. Then add to that the costs associated with downtime and now you can see why more and more end users are switching to bearing isolators. Bearing isolators, on the other hand are non-contacting and do not consume energy.Â
More On Motors
Since the Federal mandate for the use of premium efficiency motors (EPAct) was put into effect, more and more end users have opted for a significantly more reliable IEEE-841 Motor, developed by the Institute of Electrical Engineers. The IEEE-841 standard was written to establish additional guidelines to improve motor reliability, efficiency and performance. A very important feature of these motors is bearing protection. Realizing that the most efficient motor is one that runs reliably and the avoidance of a single motor failure more than pays for the entire motor, the IEEE -841 Motor has become the industry standard.
VBXX-D, The Next Generation
When Inpro/Seal introduced their original VBXÂ series fourteen years ago, it provided end users with a way to eliminate the root cause of premature equipment failure Â contamination entering the bearing environment Â and dramatically increased productivity and reliability in the process. Since then tens of thousands have been installed in plants around the world. Today, the VBXX-D the next generation in bearing isolators has taken hold.
The result of extensive field testing and laboratory trials, with direct end user feedback, the VBXX-DÂ has upgraded design features, advantages and benefits that provide levels of protection previously unavailable in any kind of bearing protection device. Once installed, end users obtain the latest and best non-contacting labyrinth sealing technology to improve plant uptime and reliability with an ROI that more than doubles previous results.
Industry Leading Internet Support
Inpro/Seal has also invested heavily into web sites dedicated to the education of bearing isolation technology with much downloadable information. When an end user visits http://www.inpro-seal.com or http://www.bearingisolators.com they will find a wealth of information related to both Inpro/Seal and bearing protection, including: specific applications, case histories, data sheets, facts and questions, specifications and more. Interactive spreadsheets include a Cost Justification Worksheet, that quantifies the effectiveness of bearing isolators in rotating equipment and Contact Seal Energy Consumption Calculator. Simply to complete, an end user merely fills in the blank to calculate ROI and benchmark repair costs.
Inpro/Seal Company is the originator and the world's number one manufacturer of bearing isolators, used to protect motor and pump bearings, machine tool spindles, turbines, fans, gear boxes, paper machine rolls and many other types of rotating equipment. Additional applications include the sealing, handling, processing, packing and storage of dry particulates, powders and bulk solids.
Over one and one half million of Inpro/Seal's original bearing isolator designs are in operation in process plants worldwide, where end users continue to report significantly reduced operating costs with increased productivity and reliability. Protected bearings have proven to run 150,000 hours (17 years) or more, eliminating the need for costly maintenance and repair. Documented cases show that a plant can more than double the mean-time-between failure (MTBF) and reduce maintenance costs by at least half, with users reporting an extremely high Return On Investment (ROI).
As the recognized global leader in bearing isolator technology, Inpro products are marketed to the aerospace, automotive, petroleum, refining, nuclear, power generation, metalworking, food processing, grain processing, chemical, water, wastewater treatment, metalworking, hydrocarbon processing, HVAC, pulp and paper, mining, mineral, ore processing and general industrial markets.
Interactive spreadsheets that calculate ROI, Contact Seal Energy Consumption and other costs are available at http://www.bearingisolators.com
For more information on Inpro/Seal Bearing Isolators, including a FREE brochure entitled ÂIntroduction To Bearing IsolatorsÂ contact Terri Hageman at: Inpro/Seal Company, P.O. Box 3940, Rock Island, Illinois 61204. Phone numbers are: (800) 447-0524 or (309) 787-4971. Fax number is: (309) 787-6114. Website: http://www.inpro-seal.com or http://www.bearingisolators.com
The Mark Baker Company
4124 Quebec Avenue N
Minneapolis, MN 55427
Mark Baker (763) 537-7540
P.O. Box 3940
Rock Island, IL 61204
David C. Orlowski (309) 787-4971