Polymer provider Vesconite Bearings, which produces a proprietary model of Vesconite bushings, put on plates and customized components, has expanded its product portfolio to incorporate substitute components for forklifts.
Stated to be one of many firm’s most profitable new functions, Vesconite engineering and gross sales supervisor Calvin Mpofu tells Engineering Information the marketing campaign is aimed toward offering end-users with a cheaper resolution, whereas concurrently extending the lifetime of a product.
Mpofu and his workforce have been exhausting at work for the final yr, for the reason that begin of the marketing campaign, with a focused method to fixing the problem of changing problematic forklift components.
Contemplating that this can be a new avenue of enterprise for Vesconite, the forklift champion, as some prefer to name Mpofu, explains that the corporate’s substitute components are constructed from a specialised hard-wearing thermopolymer designed for difficult working circumstances, which might have as much as ten occasions the lifespan of bronze or nylon bushings, for instance.
By combining inside lubrication, a low-friction coefficient and low put on charges, Vesconite polymers don’t require exterior lubrication, even when circumstances are moist and soiled.
For this reason the corporate refers to its merchandise as “higher than original-equipment producer (OEM) components”, as these, in some circumstances, current challenges when the components have to be greased, for instance.
Mpofu explains that nylon was not designed particularly to be a bearing materials and is a softer materials which must be recurrently greased to increase its lifespan, although he says this “wears the components no matter greasing”.
Within the case of bronze, or every other metallic half, these components additionally have to be maintained and greased typically to scale back metal-on-metal friction, which not solely results in further duties that have to be accomplished, but additionally reduces the half’s lifespan because the metals weren’t essentially meant for use as a bearing materials.
Within the case of Vesconite, the “higher than OEM” description comes into play as Vesconite’s specialised hard-wearing thermopolymers had been designed for difficult working circumstances, and to be a bearing materials, with out the necessity for normal greasing or upkeep.
“We’re capable of cut back the grease that’s used and supply an extended put on life, in contrast with OEM components,” Mpofu feedback, including that “the longer components final while not having to be repaired, the much less cash will have to be used to interchange defective components”.
“The extra interruptions you’ve gotten due to defective components, the extra you’ve bought to do upkeep, which implies you could find yourself dropping cash or enterprise. By Vesconite offering components that last more, the interruption in between forklift use is decreased, or restricted,” he elaborates.
The availability of forklift components can take as much as 4 weeks from half suppliers, which is a matter for forklift clientele who generally want components at brief discover, and Mpofu says Vesconite has simplified the design of its substitute components in an effort to supply and provide the replacements components sooner.
The components are manufactured in South Africa’s Free State, the place the vast majority of the corporate’s machining and moulding capabilities are primarily based.
“The simplified design helps us to make these components sooner, as a result of they’re straightforward to machine. If we will machine the part sooner, we’re capable of provide it a lot faster and in bigger portions – which is our intention,” he notes.
Ought to a consumer, for instance, want a substitute thrust bearing, Vesconite is ready to machine this half inside 5 minutes – “a lot sooner than what it will take to supply an OEM half”.
That is of specific significance to forklift firms making use of older mannequin or discontinued forklift ranges, as substitute components might not be obtainable or reasonably priced to purchase.
Older mannequin or discontinued forklifts are sometimes nonetheless included in an organization’s fleet as these might enable for a specialised method to sure functions, or be used for a shorter interval, relying on the consumer’s necessities.
“Simply because the forklift is discontinued, it doesn’t imply that the proprietor must eliminate it.”
Supplying substitute components for these fashions, Mpofu explains, “helps to provide forklift rental firms quite a lot of choices on who to hire out to, and what to hire out”, all of the whereas maintaining financial savings prime of thoughts.
Vesconite can substitute numerous forklift components, with the most well-liked being side-shift put on pads, mast pivot and steer-axle bushings, king pin bushings, stage and pedal bushings and gantry help bearings and cylinder bushings.