Good news for food and beverage processors: there is a brand-new technology available that makes bearing covers safer—and naturally more sanitary.
Seen by X-Ray or Metal Detector
The new patent pending metal detectable mounted bearing covers use a polymer material developed for Dodge® specifically for use in food and beverage processing. The end covers are constructed of hi-density polyethylene (HDPE) containing stainless steel particles. This unique material allows the covers to be detected by X-ray or metal detectors.
Safer for Workers
The metal detectable end covers for mounted bearings also create a safer work environment. Since they fully cover the rotating shaft, there’s less risk of injuries to employees working around the bearing—or performing maintenance.
The bearing covers also help prevent water and chemical leakage into the bearing during high-pressure washdown. This helps eliminate the issues of contamination and grease washout—so bearings last longer. A drain hole also prevents moisture collection.
“The end covers really add another layer of protection to the bearing, which extends its overall life,” Duke said. “It provides a positive seal in wet environments.”
Works with Most EZ-Kleen or Ultra-Kleen Bearings
The new metal detectable end covers for mounted bearings are now on the market, and easily snap onto most Dodge E-Z Kleen or Ultra-Kleen mounted ball bearings. Available in sizes 3/4 in. up to 1 15/16 in., the highly visible blue color is easy to spot if it happens to fall into food product.