South African self-lubricated polymer-bushing manufacturer Vesconite Bearings’ bushings continue to be ordered by a large manufacturer and supplier of trailer axles in the Asia-Pacific and Australia-New Zealand areas.
The company converted to Vesconite Hilube bushings in 2002, having used nylon previously, and continues to order hundreds of bushings, advertising that it has partnered with global experts in truck and trailer technology to ensure savings in maintenance and downtime.
The Vesconite Hilube bushings are made from an engineered polymer that is wear resistant, operates quietly and does not delaminate or distort under high loads. The self-lubricating bushings last longer than bronze or nylon and, for axle manufacturers, the bushings also offer the opportunity of extending the warranty offered with axles.
“The truck, trailer and bus industry is among the many industries for which Vesconite Bearings produces custom parts at its factory in Virginia, South Africa,” technical consultant Eddie Swanepoel enthuses.
“The S-Cam bushings are stock items, and the hope is that other axle manufacturers will also convert to Vesconite Hilube bushings so as to extend the warranty that they offer,” he says.
The Vesconite Bearings machine shop has 60 computer numerically controlled lathes and machining centers, and numerous large conventional lathes that are capable of machining bushings up to 3 000 mm in diameter.
As a result, S-Cam bushings, mechanical suspension bushings as well as other bushings can all be produced for the automotive and transport sectors.