Stay in the black with corrosion inhibiting bearings

Soil ingress on equipment in agricultural applications can create significant problems for farmers in terms of machine performance and longevity.

Bearings in particular are susceptible to failure from exposure to harsh conditions – and when every minute of uptime counts, it’s important to choose the right bearings for the job, says Tony Tormey, Motion’s Category Manager for Industrial Bearings.

“Soil ingression is an ongoing threat to harvesting equipment, particularly in Australia where farmers contend with extremely fluctuating weather conditions – from heat and dust to severe rain,” he explains.

“This is why investing in bearings built to withstand those conditions is critical, particularly when there is huge demand for food product. No one wants to experience downtime in harvest season.”

According to Tony, the latest iteration of the Schaeffler FAG Black Series have features specifically built for harsh agricultural applications.

“The FAG Black Series of radial insert ball bearings and housing units from Schaeffler are robust, ready-to-fit, self-contained units that provide simplified mounting, smooth running and high reliability,” he expands. “These bearings and housing units have superior sealing and corrosion protection. This is especially important as rust leads to flaking and premature failure. And bearing failure is one of the most common – and preventable – causes of farming equipment breakdowns.”

The Schaeffler Black Series bearings take their name from their matte black surface coating.

“Their black coating is Schaeffler’s Durotect BS surface treatment formulated to inhibit rust, withstand temperatures from -20 to 120 degrees Celsius and other corrosive conditions,” explains Tony. “We recommend these for a number of agricultural applications – one that comes to mind is macadamia harvesting, where dust ingress is an ongoing issue and the hot and humid climate conditions that the trees grow in can be stressful on equipment componentry. These bearings will still perform well despite those conditions – they are durable and reliable.”

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