A UK powder coating company was faced with continuous bearing failures, product inconsistencies, and escalating maintenance costs. They were looking for a solution to ensure a smooth manufacturing process while reducing overall costs. 

The Challenge

The UK powder coating company was constantly grappling with a pressing issue within their operations. The heart of their manual conveyor system, which navigated in and out of a high-temperature oven, was plagued by incessant bearing seizures. These bearing failures led to a cascade of problems, including compromised product quality, extended maintenance periods, and soaring expenses.

The Solution

The Molyslip team undertook a comprehensive inspection of the manufacturers’ facilities. The team found the bearings in question were devoid of any lubrication. This omission necessitated the frequent replacement of 4 to 5 bearings every month, incurring a substantial financial burden.

Given the manufacturing environment involving paint application, the company faced an additional hurdle. The bearings needed to operate smoothly amidst powder spraying, without introducing any product inconsistencies. Conventional lubricants containing silicon compounds were not an option, as they could compromise the coating process.

Drawing on their extensive experience, Molyslip recommended the use of their multi-purpose, silicon-free semi-fluid grease – Liquid Grease Spray (LQG). LQG merges the benefits of solid grease and lubricating oil, tailored perfectly for bearing applications. The spray acted as an effective anti-seize agent, ensuring seamless bearing operation while adhering to the paint application requirements.

Additionally, LQG provides protection against corrosion, preventing rust formation even in harsh environments. This dual-action protection boosted the longevity of the bearings, further alleviating the maintenance burden.

The Results

With the implementation of Molyslip’s LQG the powder coating company experienced a remarkable transformation. The once-troublesome bearing seizures became a thing of the past, leading to decreased downtime, reduced maintenance needs, and fewer replacements. The tangible benefits translated to cost savings in excess of £2k.