Newsworks 2004.2

September 10, 2004

NewsWorks Online is Thordon's web-based newsletter specifically developed for users of oil-free and grease-free bearings in the Marine, Hydro-turbine, Industrial and Offshore industries. You will find application information from Thordon customers regarding their latest environmentally friendly Thordon bearing applications.

Thordon Fast Becoming the Leading Choice Among German Shipyards
Germany is still maintaining its dominant position in the European shipbuilding industry. Its shipyards are renown for innovative design and quality workmanship, as well as for utilizing the best materials — which is one reason why Thordon is specified so often. To date, nine major German shipyards are using Thordon propeller shaft and rudder bearing products extensively for dozens of newbuilds. <MORE>

Another Industry First...15-Year Rudder Bearing Guarantee for Newbuilds
In 1993, Thordon Bearings was the first company to introduce a 10-Year Rudder Bearing Wear Life Guarantee to commercial ship owners and managers. After 11 years of ongoing product improvements and over 4000 rudder bearings installed worldwide, Thordon is boldly re-confirming the confidence in the performance of SXL rudder bearings by introducing a guarantee period of 15 years. <MORE>

Rolls-Royce Marine's 17-year Trouble-Free History with Thordon Bearings
When Charles Rolls partnered with Henry Royce in 1906, they created a company that has remained on the leading-edge of industrial technology for almost a century. Rolls-Royce innovations make jets fly faster, cars run quieter, and ships move faster. They even built the engine that powered the first transatlantic flight. So it's no wonder that Rolls-Royce is careful when specifying components to be used in their systems. They have a reputation to protect. <MORE>

ASENAV of Chile Orders Thordon for Large AHTS Stern Rollers
Since its inception in 1973, Chilean shipbuilder ASENAVE has rapidly established itself as one of the most reliable and technologically advanced in South America. A recent order to build two large MOSS 929-design Anchor Handling, Towing and Supply (AHTS) vessels for AP Moller - Maersk Group led them to Roberto Garcia, Thordon Area Sales Manager for South America. "Ultimately," says Roberto "We were able to provide ASENAV with a solution for their twin 685 tonne capacity stern rollers including Thordon SXL bearings and thrust washers and Thorseal U-cup seals." <MORE>

China Hydro-Electric Producer Converts to Thordon SXL Main Guide Bearings
China has the fastest growing economy and the largest hydro-electric resources in the world. Nestled in the upper reaches of the Songhua River in northeast China, Fengman Hydropower Station is operated by Northeast Electric Power Group Corporation (NEEPGC). The facility was originally built in 1937 and is today equipped with 10 turbo-generated units featuring a total installed generating capacity of 1002.5MW. Fengman has been using rubber main shaft guide bearings for decades, but recent tests showed a much better water lubricated bearing that performed better and saved them money. <MORE>

ThorPlas Eliminates Grease and Extends MTBF in Extreme-duty Industrial Applications
Like most managing professionals involved in an industrial process, Peter Krufehinski is dedicated to improving productivity while reducing costs. As VP of Operations for Berman Brothers Scrap Metal, "I'm willing to experiment," says Krufehinsk. "In fact, I'll try just about anything to boost efficiency." "We've tried just about every bearing material imaginable," says Krufehinski. "Steel, brass, nylon, you name it." The problem was that these bearings needed to be greased on a regular basis, or they would rapidly fail. <MORE>