Improved Bearing Isolators Increase Safety, Productivity and Reliability in Oil Mist Applications

In a typical oil mist application, atomized lubricant is injected into the bearing housing. Without a proper sealing method, it will escape through the shaft ends and exit into the environment, causing housekeeping, safety and other issues. - With OM 32 oil mist bearing isolator, the lubricant is coalesced to a liquid and drains back into a system sump or reservoir instead of into the environment. Bearings are protected, shafts are sealed and environmental housekeeping problems are solved. - The Inpro/Seal OM 32 oil mist seal contains no ferrous materials that could generate sparking conditions by sealing faces or magnets upon wear and eventual component degradation. The OM 32 is made entirely of non-sparking bronze material and has no contacting surfaces that could heat up and initiate combustion of volatile materials in the area. - Even if the rolling element, primary bearing should fail, the Inpro/Seal bearing isolator will act as an emergency sleeve bearing and prevent shaft-to-housing contact and possible dangerous and catastrophic spark generation.

Rock Island, IL (PRWEB) December 12, 2004 -- Inpro/Seal Company, the Rock Island, IL, based manufacturer of bearing isolators has updated their OM series of oil mist bearing isolator and renamed it the OM 32 Series.

Background:
First introduced 15 years ago, the original OM series was designed exclusively for oil mist applications. Over the years it has proven to be highly successful in containing stray mist and keeping it from entering the environment.

When oil mist was first put into use, venting into the environment was completely acceptable and stray mist was not a problem. Since then, equipment, environmental, maintenance, operations and repair needs have changed.

That Was Then, This Is Now:
Today, the Meantime Between Failure (MTBF) runs between 5-7 years and plants have to deal with housekeeping issues (environment, safety, stray emissions) and must optimize their resources to remain competitive.

With these factors in mind, Inpro/Seal has made significant enhancements and improvements to their existing oil mist bearing isolator and renamed it the OM 32 Oil Mist Bearing Isolator Series. Other aspects include: direct customer feedback, ongoing R &D, extensive field testing, as well as exhaustive trials in their dedicated testing facility.

Oil Mist Misconception:
According to David C. Orlowski, CEO of Inpro/Seal, the holder of some 40 patents and considered by many as the “father” of bearing isolation technology, “There is a misconception that contact seals are the only option end users have to contain oil mist. The fact is, our bearing isolator with its upgraded design features and improvements provide levels of protection previously unavailable in any kind of bearing protection device. An end user can get the benefits of a non-wearing bearing isolator and totally contain oil mist at the same time.”

Orlowski continued, “Simply put, contact seals wear out and have an unknown and unpredictable service life. And when they wear out, end users have to contend with catastrophic failure and shutdown, let alone oil mist leakage. Bearing isolators, on the other hand are non-contacting and do not wear out. Their simple construction consists of a rotor and stator, unitized so that they don’t separate from one another while in use. These components interact to keep contamination out of the bearing enclosure and the oil mist under control.”

Orlowski concluded, “In a typical oil mist application, atomized lubricant is injected into the bearing housing. Without a proper sealing method, it will escape through the shaft ends and exit into the environment, causing housekeeping, safety and other issues. With our oil mist bearing isolator, the lubricant is coalesced to a liquid and drains back into a system sump or reservoir instead of into the environment. Bearings are protected, shafts are sealed and environmental housekeeping problems are solved.”

Non-Sparking Operation:
Since oil mist is the preferred method of bearing lubrication in most refineries and petrochemical plants, it is important to absolutely avoid the possibility of spark generation by the sealing mechanism. The Inpro/Seal OM 32 oil mist seal contains no ferrous materials that could generate sparking conditions by sealing faces or magnets upon wear and eventual component degradation. The OM 32 is made entirely of non-sparking bronze material and has no contacting surfaces that could heat up and initiate combustion of volatile materials in the area.

Even if the rolling element, primary bearing should fail, the Inpro/Seal bearing isolator will act as an emergency sleeve bearing and prevent shaft-to-housing contact and possible dangerous and catastrophic spark generation.

More On The Product:
Other enhancements and improvements include the ability to work with the low base lubricant viscosities – to ISO 32 and the addition of VBXX™ proprietary technology that eliminates the ingress of lubricant by combining the best technology in non-contacting labyrinth seals with the best possible interface for contamination exclusion.

The OM 32 Oil Mist Bearing Isolator uses BAT (Best Available Technology) to increase reliability and productivity in industries that use oil mist lubrication systems, including: refining, petrochemical, hydrocarbon, chemical, metalworking, pulp/paper, textile, cement, mining, power generation and other continuous process applications. It will fit any OEM brand bearing housing, vertical or horizontal configurations, closed loop or open loop, purge or pure mist.

About Inpro/Seal:
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 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.

Spreadsheets:
Interactive spreadsheets that calculate ROI, Contact Seal Energy Consumption and other costs are available at www.bearingisolators.com

Signoff:
For more information on the Model OM 32 Oil Mist Bearing Isolator, contact: 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: www.inpro-seal.com or www.bearingisolators.com

Contact Information:
Inpro/Seal Company
P.O. Box 3940
Rock Island, IL 61204
David C. Orlowski (800) 447-0524

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