Catastrophic Bearing Failure

An Aluminum Foil manufacturer experienced catastrophic bearing failure on a combustion air furnace fan. When the bearings failed, the fan wheel made contact with the fan housing. The combustion air fan provides air to the furnace gas burners. The furnace heats the aluminum foil rolls to burn off the oil used to manufacture aluminum rolls when the aluminum passes through mills and separators. Horner Fan received the damaged fan. The incoming inspection revealed the fan hub was cracked and along with the fan wheel damage – bent/cracked blades and ripped off back plate, Horner Fan recommended to manufacture a replacement. The [...]

Catastrophic Bearing Failure2022-01-28T15:18:37-05:00

Out Of Production Lock Nuts

One of Horner’s customers is a major supplier of automotive grade aluminum for major manufacturers of car and truck bodies. After the aluminum passes through a set of rolling mills to reduce the material thickness, the sheet passes through an annealing furnace to reduce material stresses from the rolling process. The annealing furnaces have fans circulating the furnace hot air to evenly distribute the heat to prevent hot spots. This particular fan assembly from one of the annealing furnaces had experienced a bearing failure. The shaft was initially sent to Horner Washington St to evaluate the damage to the main shaft. [...]

Out Of Production Lock Nuts2022-01-26T23:07:37-05:00

Aluminum Plant Outage

In June of 2017 an Aluminum plant contacted us to begin the early planning stages of their outage which was scheduled for January 2018. The customer was about to undertake the most involved outage on their primary mill and wanted Horner’s exclusive involvement. The outage was a success despite the very large scale and daunting tasks assigned. All work was coordinated by Ralph Coonce of field service. If you’ve ever seen Ralph in action during an outage I don’t have to explain that he doesn’t just show up. He’s elbow deep in the actual work turning wrenches or any another task [...]

Aluminum Plant Outage2019-09-09T17:28:00-04:00

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