Dodge Housed Bearings
The Bearings division of ACTOM group company Wilec has formed a strategic alliance for the supply of Dodge housed bearings into Southern Africa.
The partnership agreement with Johannesburg-based Specialised Bearings & Transmission (Pty) Ltd, the local distributor for Dodge, extends Wilec’s ability to satisfy the requirements of industry and mining in a diverse range of bearings applications.
“Dodge is a world leading brand in housed bearings. The most exciting thing about our tie-up with Dodge is that housed bearings, while already widely accepted in the US and other leading industrialised countries, is a relatively new concept locally, but one which offers advanced features to users compared with conventional plummer block arrangements,” said Frans Odendaal, Wilec’s Technical Specialist, Bearings.
“Dodge housed bearings are supplied pre-assembled and sealed, so eliminating all risk of contamination during fitment. The advanced sealing arrangement and unique adapter system guarantees longer life – up to six times that of a conventional plummer block. Other cost-saving advantages are that they can be installed by a semi-skilled technician very quickly – normally in less than 15 minutes – and the need to measure pre- and post-reduction clearance is eliminated.”
By contrast, a conventional bearing has to be locally assembled and sealed in a housing by a qualified artisan and usually takes at least an hour and a half to install. It is also potentially at risk of contamination and premature failure.
“We believe Dodge’s significant advantages give it the edge over conventional bearings in the local market,” Odendaal commented.
“It is a differentiated product and with it we are able to provide a bearing that is especially well suited to local conditions and offers benefits that are of real value to customers. A particularly important aspect to bear in mind is that the total cost of ownership of a Dodge bearing is significantly lower than that of the conventional product, due to its greater reliability and durability.”
Dodge’s ISN range of interchangeable spherical roller bearings with SN/SNU plummer blocks is the main product line on offer by Wilec’s Bearings division. These are for shaft sizes of between 30 mm and 170 mm.
As part of the distribution deal Wilec has access to technical support from Specialised Bearings & Transmission, as well as from Baldor-Dodge Company of the US, the international manufacturers and suppliers of Dodge bearings.
ACTOM (Pty) Ltd is the largest manufacturer, repairer and distributor of electro-mechanical equipment and provider of turnkey solutions in Southern Africa, employing about 7 500 people with an annual order intake in excess of R7.5bn. It is a black empowered company with 42 operating units, 43 production, service and repair facilities, and 36 distribution outlets throughout Southern Africa.
ACTOM holds numerous technology, distribution and value added reseller agreements with various partners, both locally and internationally.
For further information contact Frans Odendaal, Wilec
PO Box 86330, City Deep 2049
Tel (011) 629-9300 Fax (011) 613-7107
Press release compiled by Julian Kraft, J Kraft Public Relations
PO Box 2826 Wilropark 1731
Tel (011) 472-6686 Fax 086-613-9657
Date: November 7, 2012
Caption: Displaying and discussing some of the Dodge housed bearings on offer to local industry and mining are (from left): Tony Patten of Specialised Bearings & Transmission, Peter Small-Shaw, Wilec’s Product Manager, Bearings, and Frans Odendaal, Wilec’s Technical Specialist, Bearings.