BPW expands ECO plus to heavy-duty axles

German equipment specialist, BPW, has announced it is making its ECO Plus bearings available for its 12-tonne NH and KH-series low loader axles.

The ECO Plus bearings, which have been available for BPW nine-tonne axles since 2000, are an enclosed design that allows for fast brake lining removals thanks to Formula 1-style wheel end (hub and brake drum) removal.

“We take great pride in rolling out the systemic benefits of ECO Plus bearings in the low loader segment as well,” said Bernhard Rossenbach, head of product management at BPW in Wiehl, Germany.

“Vehicles in this category are exposed to extreme mechanical stresses arising from high loads and other operating parameters – which underlines the tremendous maturity and sturdiness of the product we have developed.”

The benefits include a single integrated torque limiting hub nut for automatic adjustment of bearing clearance, convenient bearing lubrication by grease cartridge and the ECO Seal system.

According to BPW, its DIN-ISO tapered roller bearings and interchangeable elements are available worldwide, resulting in short downtimes.

BPW offers a 5+3-year ECO Plus Warranty for air suspension units intended for on-road and standard off-road operation. The warranty applies to the axle beam, hub, hub bearing, air spring mounting and air spring bracket, while the air bags, shock absorbers and brake cylinders are covered for three years.

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