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Custom spherical bearings with 5200 tons load capacity

Challenge: realization of spherical bearings with a load capacity of 5200 tons in limited dimensions

Solution: development of D-glide® spherical bearings with customized dimensions

For a well-respected customer, constantly challenging the limits of technical feasibility, a total load of approximately 50.000 tons needed to be transferred through 16 pieces of spherical bearings. The bearings are required to operate in marine circumstances with all the challenges accompanying them, reliable and preferably maintenance free.

DRIE-D was involved and approached for their view on a solution. Besides a cost efficient, maintenance free bearing meeting all design criteria, additional advantages were incorporated: the result was a bearing which can be used in two different system configurations, by means of the D-glide® shaft interface, which ensures easy (dis)assembly.

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