To reduce cost in swaged fit conveyor bearing assemblies, customers have slipped bearings loose into tubes and then locked them in place with a swage. Challenges exist in how cleanly the tubes are cut. There are several methods used by FRANTZ customers to cut off tubes. These are Continental “V” wheel (tube spins), Orbiting “V” wheel (tube stationary), Laser cut, Circular saw, Band saw, and Die shear. Each has its advantages, but often the burr that remains at the cut requires a de-burr operation prior to the slip fitting and swaging of the conveyor bearing.
To meet this challenge and to reduce these ongoing costs for our customers, FRANTZ engineers have developed Slip and Swage Fit Tooling
for use on conveyor bearings fitting 1.9” dia 14 & 16 gauge and 2.5” dia 11 - 14 gauge tubes. The tooling is clamped or bolted to the press plate with no hydraulic or air connection required. This makes the tooling very economical to purchase and effectively eliminates the need re-work burrs in the tubes. Note that tubes 11 gauge or thicker will require a reaming operation to slip fit the conveyor bearing into the tube prior to applying the swage.
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