Wear-plate client requirements have resulted in the production of 1 m x 1 m Vesconite Hilube polymer wear plates, which can measure 25 mm and, more recently, 40 mm in thickness.
This is according to Vesconite Bearings technical sales consultant Eddie Swanepoel, who has been instrumental in translating client requirements into new extruded plate sizes of the low-coefficient-of-friction, high-wear polymer that is in demand in various wear applications.
Swanepoel reveals that the 1 m x 1 m plate was introduced when a client required a round wear plate to fit his rotary vacuum filter.
This led to the introduction of the 25-mm-thick plate of that size, which has been performing well in the application for more than a year.
Client applications have been the driver for new materials and plate sizes, and Vesconite Bearings’ factory has responded by developing methodologies for producing larger and larger stock sizes.
Vesconite Hilube plates are also stocked in 200 mm x 1 m sizes, with thicknesses of 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 15, 16, 20, 25, 30, 40, 50 and 75 mm, in addition to 600 mm x 1 m sizes, with thicknesses of 10, 16, 25 and 40 mm.