Thordon Bearings will present its environmentally safe and long-life RiverTough tailshaft bearings and TG100 shaft seals, which were developed specially for workboats, at the International Workboat Show, taking place in New Orleans this November/December.
The water-lubricated bearing manufacturer will exhibit its RiverTough tailshaft bearings and TG100 shaft seal, both of which are capable of meeting the tough operating conditions workboats encounter in river and coastal waters.
Thordon Bearings also has data from workboats operating on the Mississippi showing typical RiverTough bearing wear rates of 0.075 to 0.100mm (0.003 to 0.004-in.) in 6000 to 7000 hours of annual use.
Thordon will also be showcasing their TG100 Shaft Seal at the International Workboat Show. Since its market introduction, Thordon Bearings has supplied more than 180 TG100 seals to operators of a wide range of vessels, including workboats, naval patrol vessels, ferries, yachts, tugs and tow boats.
A unique feature of the TG100 is the emergency seal that permits stand-alone operation to allow the vessel to safely return to the nearest port, preventing permanent seal damage. The unique omega “O” shape of the proprietary elastomeric bellows minimises torsional vibration and maintains the required spring force throughout the allowable range of axial shaft movement. This elastomeric bellows has no shelf life and no scheduled replacement.