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Reduce downtime when under the pump

In agricultural applications, the importance of heavy-duty, maintenance free couplings cannot be overstated, says Motion’s Branch Manager for Swan Hill, Bryden Coote.

“Downtime for anyone is painful but in the case of coupling failure, it can be particularly frustrating and costly – especially during harvest season – as standard couplings require you to pull apart the whole drive system of the application,” explains Bryden.

“In the case of the Timken Quick-Flex® couplings, these are not only durable enough to cope with severe vibration and shock, they are designed with elastomeric inserts which means the couplings can be swiftly replaced without having to remove the hubs from the shafts.”

As Swan Hill is located in northern Victoria on the banks of the Murray River, Bryden mostly works with agricultural customers. The region – which is on the southern point of the Riverina – is renowned for its almond, grain, fruit and vegetable farming.

“These types of couplings are typically used in agriculture on irrigation pumps but also on harvesting machinery, such as almond harvesting machinery,” he says. “This is because they are known for being able to withstand tough conditions including extreme weather conditions.”

One of the key advantages of Timken QF couplings is their ability to accommodate misalignment. The flexible, elastomeric element allows for angular, radial, and axial misalignment between the shafts, which can help to reduce stress on the shafts and prolong their life.

“The QF couplings can absorb shock loads and vibration while accepting up to two degrees angular misalignment,” Bryden adds. “They can also handle high speed and very high torque of up to 188,000Nm.”

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