Retirement of Ray Harrington With the close of 2018, Ray Harrington fully retired from the company and Pioneer's Board of Directors after years of many accomplishments, serving Pioneer first as a consultant and then as the company's president and finally during the past 6 months as our consultant again. During [...]
On June 26th, 2018 Pioneer Motor Bearing Co. hosted another successful Bearing Workshop at HydroVision International. This was our third time in 8 years putting on the workshop—each time to a sold-out audience. Many topics were covered from basic operating mechanics to advanced design theory. Every attendee received a copy of Pioneer's famous Bearing [...]
Pioneer Motor Bearing Organization Updates Pioneer Motor Bearing Promotes Edgardo Goyret to General Manager Gordon P. Bardet, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Pioneer’s Board of Directors, announced today the promotion of Edgardo Goyret to General Manager, following the retirement of President Ray Harrington and Vice President Steve Bonino on June 1. Goyret, [...]
Zollern appoints Pioneer Motor Bearing Co. as their exclusive licencee in North America for technical support services.
Ray Harrington, President, and Gordon Bardet, CEO, sign the Zollern-Pioneer Technology License Agreement on Behalf of Pioneer, August 2017. The Zollern Group’s Plain Bearing Technology division enters into an exclusive technology license agreement with Pioneer Motor Bearing Co. of the U.S. to strengthen its after-sale customer support. The agreement empowers Pioneer [...]
This came in the door today. Maybe the machinist only had a dull spoon at their disposal? In any event, it's sure thing that it'll look better when it leaves our shop. Also, we'll make sure to redesign the oil channels so they work properly.
Not even sure what exactly to call this. We are going with a "pancaked" thrust bearing case. Keep in mind this is steel, not babbitt!
This was one of the more impressive bearings to come in lately. This bearing is a 12 pad vertical guide bearing that was absolutely trashed on every pad. This type of bearing damage can be diagnosed and avoided using Pioneer's Bearing Damage Flip Chart.
Let's start the blog with one impressively damaged journal bearing! We received a full train of bearings from a turbine that experienced a catastrophic event (duh!). It appears the oil inlet holes ruptured in the event. The most impressive aspect of this damaged bearing is that this is the top half of the bearing that [...]
By John L. Weil, BSME (Drexel University, 1965); Key Accounts Manager If we are alive, energetic, healthy, pay attention to our world and have an inquisitive mind, there is much to learn in every facet of our existence. This is especially true in our professional careers where a substantial amount of our lifetime is invested [...]
The double edged sword of high pressure jacking oil system of hydrodynamic tilting pad thrust bearings
By Fred C. Wiesinger, Jr. Technical Services Manager Pioneer Motor Bearing Company Image Credit: Søren Niedziella/Flickr User albioneurope In a properly designed fluid film thrust bearing operating at its design speed, a continuous hydrodynamic flow of oil completely separates the babbitt surface of each thrust shoe and the steel [...]