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Extending seal life in limestone gearbox

Challenge

During the drying process of limestone in manufacturing cement, a conveyor drive gear seal leaked profusely.

The existing seal is a thin ‘V’ shape, two-step ring which only lasts six months. The centring of the seal case is challenging due to the large equipment size and equipment run-out issues.

Root cause: oscillating equipment and case misalignment.

Objective: reduce oil leakage and extend seal life.

Solution

After a root cause analysis, Chesterton Specialists selected the Chesterton R22KN5 Split Rotary Seal, a proven design with a long lip and robust structure for slow-rotating applications exposed to large shaft run-out.

Chesterton R22KN5 Split Rotary Seal– high-performance, proved design for slow rotating applications exposed to large shaft run-out.

  • Flexible, dynamic lip design for large shaft run-out compensation
  • Split configuration simplifies installation
  • Allows stack set arrangement and provides stability
  • Excellent abrasion-resistance; withstands demanding environments

Chesterton R22KN5 Split Rotary Seal

Results

The original V seals were replaced every six months due to oil leakage.

Labor cost: USD 230×2 men×12 times = USD 5,520

Packing cost: USD 1,500×2 rings×12 times = USD 36,000

After implementing the Chesterton solution, the machine has been in operation for over 69 months with only a small amount of leakage.

Labor cost: USD 230×2 men×1 time = USD 460
Packing cost: USD 2,200×1 ringx1 time = USD 2,200

Total Savings = USD 38,860 (in 69 months)

Chesterton R22KN5 Split Rotary Seal

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Chesterton® is a world leader in helping process industry companies and manufacturers improve the reliability and efficiency of their rotating, stationary, and fluid power equipment platforms. We are known across a wide range of industries for our award-winning pump and valve sealing solutions, applications expertise, equipment maintenance and wear-prevention products, and knowledgeable hands-on local service. Chesterton product range includes mechanical seals, packing and gaskets, industrial lubricants and coatings.

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