Bearing Engineering Services (BES)
- a division of Schaeffler Australia
9-10 Melissa Street
Auburn NSW 2144
Tel. +61 2 8717 8111
Fax +61 2 8717 8100
An automated journal bearing polishing machine that delivers superior raceway finishes and extended service life in railway journal bearings produced using innovative new processes has been introduced by Bearing Engineering Services (BES, a division of Schaeffler Australia).
In a first for the Australian bearing reconditioning industry, BES recently finalised commissioning of its Automated Journal Bearing Polishing Machine, capable of handling all metric and AAR sizes, says BES Railway and Reconditioning Manager, Mr John Tawadros.
The new machine, designed in-house and built by local contractors, enables BES to deliver bearing raceway quality levels closer to that of new, increasing whole-of-lifespan efficiencies for BES clients including those in light and heavy passenger rail, as well as freight and heavy haul operations throughout Australia, New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific. BES customers also extensively cover heavy haulage rail including iron ore, coal and other mining industries, bulk handling, sugar, transport terminal and port loading infrastructure users of railway equipment.
Benefits of the new automated machinery include:
• Superior raceway finish as compared to traditional manual polishing methods.
• Improved quality control through greater accuracy and consistency.
• Improved service life, reducing bearing life cycle costs.
• Improved WHS+E outcomes to staff, with reduced manual handling and reduced intensive repetitive manual operations.
• Better environmental outcomes, with improved dust and contamination controls and collection.
“By introducing this equipment into our system, it allows our highly trained and skilled staff to spend more time focused on the critical areas of the reconditioning process that deliver higher value and returns to our clients,” says Mr Tawadros.
“Maximising our time where it is needed most, not only further refines and improves our ability to make decisions of benefit to clients, but give our staff a greater sense of focus and purpose. Our inspectors can utilise their skills and experience in a far more proactive manner as compared to the manually intensive methodologies of the past.”