Last year, ABS Manufacturing and Distributing, which offers fabrication, machining, rubber lining, rubber molding, plastics, gaskets, valves, pumps, conveyor belt parts, assembly and repair services, moved from a small office in Val Caron to a 20,000-square foot facility in the Walden Industrial Park.
Management is now adding another 7,500-square foot building on the same property to warehouse lubricants and other products.
Another product making a big difference to industry is Mantek’s Bearing Purge, which removes contaminants from the inner workings of machinery, said Durling, who runs the company’s lubrication division along with six company sales representatives.
The bearing purge is patented by Mantek, so no other manufacturer has a comparable product, he said.
At one Sudbury mine, Durling used the bearing purge product to clean a rock crusher.
Before the treatment, the machine used 630 kilograms of grease per month. It now uses just 135 kilograms of grease per month, he said.
“We reduced the amount of grease it was using by 10 per cent, and then said ‘Run it for a few shifts, and see how it works.’ When it worked OK, we then set them back another 10 per cent. What you do is repeat the process until the temperature starts to climb.”
Glide time, or the amount of time the machine continues to function after it has been turned off, has increased on the rock crusher by more than two minutes, said Durling.
In another instance, Durling used the bearing purge on a malfunctioning battery extractor machine at Algoma Steel in Sault Ste. Marie.
If he hadn’t been able to clean out the battery extractor with the bearing purge, a large component of the machine would have needed to be replaced. Durling said he saved the company the $216,000 it would have cost to have the machine out of production for 24 hours.
Another product supplied by the company, Mantek Elite Supreme Grease, is one of the best types of industrial lubricants on the market, said Durling.
Lubricants are tested by putting the grease, along with four ball bearings into a cup, and applying pressure until the ball bearings weld together.
With most lubricants, the ball bearings weld together at 250 to 500 pounds of pressure, but Mantek Elite Supreme Grease prevented the welding process from occurring until 1,000 pounds of pressure had been applied.
Because the underground environment is so wet, the lubricant has been designed to have great staying power, Durling said.
“It has adhesive and cohesive polymers in it, and what that means is it has staying power. When you go underground it’s wet. With some other brands, the grease just falls off. Ours has a 0.01 per cent washout, which means that it’s marine grade. You could use it underwater.”