Customer was experiencing ball bearing failures every 4 – 6 weeks on their production conveyor line. Regular high pressure wash-downs led to corrosion, seal damage and grease wash-out, resulting in regular maintenance and production downtime. NSK reviewed the bearing application and recommend NSK Life-Lube® as a solution. Trial bearings were purchased and tested in the application. This resulted in significant improvements in bearing life with no failures during the trial period. The NSK solution increased reliability and reduced unplanned downtime.
|Before||Cost p.a.||NSK Solution||Cost p.a.|
|Bearing Replacement: Regular bearing failures every 4-5 weeks on two key process lines. Annual bearing costs: $983 per line × 2||$1,966||Bearing Replacement: No bearing failures in 12 months, resulting in inventory reduction. $568 per line × 2||$1,137|
|Maintenance costs: including re-lubrication, labour, overheads: $1,753 per line × 2||$3,506||Maintenance Costs: No re-lubrication needed||$0|
|Downtime: Lost production (12×/year). $35,061 per line × 2||$70,122||Downtime: No production lost||$0|