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The Complete Guide to Choosing Pre-Engineered Carbon Graphite Bearing Assemblies

The Complete Guide to Choosing Pre-Engineered Carbon Graphite Bearing Assemblies

Imagine being tasked with designing a 50-foot heat treatment conveyor furnace to process material 16+ hours a day. This type of furnace can reach upwards of 2000°F and can easily have over a hundred rotating shafts, each of which requires regular maintenance.

Maintaining this massive piece of equipment is a major challenge in and of itself. Constantly applying lubrication to the bearings that support the rotating shafts is cumbersome, and frequent replacement of these bearings is extremely taxing on any maintenance crew. Instead, conveyor furnace manufacturers often turn to self-lubricated high performance carbon graphite bearing assemblies as an all-encompassing solution.

How to Choose A Pre-Engineered Bearing Assembly

Power Plants Turn to Carbon Graphite Materials to Boost Safety and Lifespan

Power Plants Turn to Carbon Graphite Materials to Boost Safety and Lifespan

Although there are many different types of power plants in use today, the basic premise of operation is consistent from plant to plant. Some type of energy source, such as natural gas, nuclear material, or coal, to name a few, is used to produce heat. That heat is then used to boil water and create pressurized steam. The high pressure steam then spins large turbines which utilize magnets and coils to produce electricity via Faraday’s law of induction. Through this process, a single power plant can power an entire city. 

Beat the Heat: 2 Ways to Improve Oxidation Resistance of Carbon Graphite Materials

Beat the Heat: 2 Ways to Improve Oxidation Resistance of Carbon Graphite Materials

As engineers develop designs that push the boundaries of what’s possible, they search for new materials, or adaptations of materials, that can withstand increasingly extreme environments. Many new designs need materials that can endure extreme temperatures for long stretches of time, like seals and bearings that go into ovens, rockets, and turbines that can see temperatures above 1000°F. These temperatures wreak havoc on most traditional materials, rendering them expensive to replace or dangerous to operate.

Even a more durable material like carbon graphite experiences material degradation when exposed to extreme heat. The culprit is oxidation (reaction shown below):

How Antimony Works to Effectively Seal Low Viscosity Fluids

How Antimony Works to Effectively Seal Low Viscosity Fluids

Manufacturers have struggled with proper sealing of low viscosity fluids for years. Effectively stopping materials like Freon refrigerants, liquid oxygen, propane, and acetone are vital to production for industry leaders. Luckily, there's now a solution to this (un)impenetrable problem: antimony-impregnated carbon graphite.

The Top 3 Benefits of Carbon Graphite Board Dryer Bearings

The Top 3 Benefits of Carbon Graphite Board Dryer Bearings

Gypsum wallboard is one of the most common materials incorporated in residential and commercial construction. It's used universally by amateurs and professionals alike, and as such, manufacturers are driven to meet high demands by creating consistent, reliable means of production.