Agricultural machinery is subject to some of the harshest conditions, from withstanding freezing cold and pouring rain in one season, to extreme heat and dryness in the one that follows. Add in the fact that their work environment are basically fields of dirt and one must face the trouble of fine particles finding their way inside everything, including bearings and all kinds of moving mechanical components.
These mechanical components are not just meant to withstand these conditions, but also must be capable of carrying high levels of force and power over to their linkages. Working on the field requires the ability to deal with high loads and often extreme forces that are imposed on an unorthodox or uneven manner, so the needs of the sector are both rich and towering.
Focusing on Reliable Grease-Free Operations
In agricultural applications that require lubrication, a common problem that appears a lot is inadequate lubrication, whether grease, oil, or water. When this happens and the application is running dry, this can lead to premature bearing failure issues, machine downtime, or unplanned maintenance resulting in a loss of time, money, and energy.
Knowing how important it is for farmers to keep things moving no matter what happens, GGB has developed a range lubricant-free and self-lubricating bearing solutions that can eliminate lubricants from your application with minimal change or even improved performance. Lubricant free solutions mean there’s no need for routine maintenance to add lubrication, leading to a longer service life which is particularly important in agricultural engineering.
Another common issue faced in agriculture applications is the sealing against dust, debris, dirt, and water. GGB’s heavy-duty bearings feature multilayered sealing lips that help in minimizing the chances of the bearing performance being compromised, the flanges getting contaminated, or the shafts being damaged by galling.
From specially developed metal-polymer bearings to pioneering fiberglass sliding inside reinforced resin casing designs, GGB agriculture-focused solutions were built to perform well. This minimizes the chances of further damage in adjacent components and decreases the downtime due to unfortunate events.
Why Choose GGB for your Agricultural Equipment
GGB is a leading innovator in the agricultural industry supplying a full line of bearing solutions to the industry and increasing the productivity of farmers everywhere.
There is no comparison between their advanced steel alloys and fiber composites, and the conventional greased bronze-based solutions that are flooding the market right now.
Due to the uniform distribution of the lubricant, which is achieved by design, these bearings can operate at low friction no matter whether they’re being actively lubricated or not. The advantages of GGB bearings are:
- High mechanical stability
- Vibration dampening
- Insensitive to dust and dirt
- Compensation for edge loading
They are well known by their wide range of heavy-duty bearing solutions that cover the full spectrum of needs that arise in this specialized sector. GGB solutions can be found in a wide range of agricultural equipment in a variety of applications including:
For more information and assistance contact a GGB engineer.