Conveyor Idlers Offer Longer Life, Economical Repair
Ohio, USA-based Elite Roller Manufactur-ing’s steel can trough and return idlers include two tapered roller bearings in each hub (four per idler) for longer service life. In addition to lasting up to three times longer than traditional two-bearing designs, Elite Roller says the unique design withstands severe applications bet-ter than traditional rollers. In addition to longevity, the patented Elite design allows the re-use of the axle assembly, yielding a significant savings over replacing entire idler assemblies. Because there is no weld-ing on the idler assembly, damaged parts can be replaced in minutes, and rollers can be refurbished at a fraction of the price of new ones, with 90% of the materials re-used. Elite rollers are available in 5-, 6-and 7-in. diameters with standard shell thickness of 3/16 in. and ¼ in. Standard rollers include ¾-in. bearings, while heavy duty rollers are equipped with 1¼-in. bear-ings. They are available for belt widths of 18 to 96 in., with an optional polyurethane coating. An inner sup-port tube ensures that hubs are independent of each other for smoother operation and longer life. Stainless steel shafts are also available for corrosive applications. Made with universal shafts, the idlers are claimed to fit any manufacturer’s brackets.