Fenner Precision Polymers (Manheim, PA), a Michelin Group Company, has announced the introduction of the new Eagle XLD O-ring. Through collaboration with Michelin, Fenner developed a hybrid, reinforced D-shaped belt to optimize load transfer. The result is a longer life solution for what can cost distribution centers tens of thousands of dollars with every incidence of O-ring failure.
The new XLD O-rings deliver enhanced performance through the application of Fenner’s polyurethane expertise, making the product more abrasion resistant compared to rubber and thermoplastic polyurethanes. According to Fenner, it is also stronger, and more resistant to heat than rubber. Specifically:
- Eagle XLD Bimodulus O-rings last up to six times longer than standard O-rings and provide four times greater roller-to-roller power transfer.
- In addition, tension does not decay over the life of the belt. The combination of higher power transfer and load capacity allow for a conveyor design that can carry more with less motors, which translates to cost savings in belting, maintenance and energy costs.
- The lower- and higher-modulus materials optimize dynamic load capability.
- In addition, the D-shape optimizes the contact area to take advantage of the strength of the higher-modulus material. The result is a belt that is quick and easy to install with no need for special tools.