February 20, 2018
Plain Bearings for Aerospace Applications Article
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AT A GLANCE
In the unforgiving conditions of the oil and gas industry, stress, heat and contamination constantly threaten to derail the performance of drilling equipment, pumps and other oil and gas extraction equipment. In these environments, where safety is paramount and downtime is costly, GGB’s heavy duty bearings for the oil and gas industry provide the performance and durability to keep operations running smoothly.
When you do business with GGB, you work with a company that understands the key issues in the oil and gas industry and is focused on developing bearing assemblies that last longer, require less maintenance and perform better than anything else on the market.
With short lead times, quick turnarounds and a global network of manufacturing, sales and service facilities, GGB is positioned to take on the most challenging oil and gas bearing needs with unequaled responsiveness. With industry-leading research and development facilities and state-of-the-art manufacturing operations, our self-lubricating bearings comply with a wide range of global quality control and environmental standards, including:
GGB works with some of the world’s leading companies and their Tier-1 suppliers to provide reliable, high-performance bearings for oil and gas applications, including:
National Oilwell Varco (NOV) uses GGB Bearing Technology in wellbore applications, rig systems and completion equipment. GGB bearings are used as a robust, reliable, lubrication free solution in NOV rig design and automation, drilling and completion equipment, cranes, draw works and pipe inspection equipment. Operating conditions vary from drill mud submersion to high-heat, high-load and corrosive environments. GGB products are found in each application providing innovative and robust bearing solutions.
MH Wirth utilizes multiple types of GGB products in pipe handling equipment. GGB products require no lubrication and provide assurance of robust operation in extreme conditions. As hydraulic roughnecks move drill pipe to and from the drill floor, abrasive contaminants are a constant challenge to equipment operation and bearing reliability. GGB DU®, GGB-DB® and HSG (High-Strength GAR-MAX) products provide superior strength and durability to support high bearing loads in these demanding conditions.
Pentair Valves and Controls has certified GGB as a provider of metal-polymer and fiber reinforced composite bearings for use in various flow control valves and valve actuators. These actuators and valves are found in all levels of the oil, gas and refining industry in operations that demand emergency shutdown or precise process flow. GGB DU® and GAR-MAX® bearings provide reliable and safe operation of these processes on land and offshore applications.
Operating conditions in the oil and gas industry are known for high stress, heat and contamination.
Our portfolio of bearings for oil & gas applications offers improved energy efficiency, reduced noise, and lower assembly and material costs in addition to greater performance and environmental benefits. Customers can rely on our comprehensive support from design to delivery and beyond, including some of the industry’s shortest lead times.
GGB high performance bearings offer reliable and safe solutions for every stage in oil and gas development, including drilling, production and processing operations.
Low Friction and High Wear Resistance
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GGB offers a broad product range of metal-polymer, fiber reinforced composite and engineered plastics plain bearings as well as bushing blocks and thrust plates, metal and bimetal bearings and assemblies. Our bearings provide exceptional performance over a wide range of load, speed and temperature conditions. These self-lubricating bearings are resistant to wear, chemicals, cavitation, flow erosion and fatigue, making them ideal for a wide range of uses in oil and gas operations.
The GGB-CSM® series is made of solid material and the bimetal GGB-CBM® series features sliding layers sintered onto metallic backings. Both are self-lubricating for maintenance-free performance and provide high load capacity, a broad temperature range (up to 600°) and corrosion resistance.
From the top of the derrick to the ocean floor and from the pipeline to the pump, our bearing solutions provide longer service life, reduced maintenance and grease-free operation in a wide variety of oil and gas recovery applications, including:
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