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WA Branch Meeting

WA Branch March 2017 Technical Evening


Title: Use of polymer-topped bearings for hydrostatic mill bearing applications

Presenter: Chris Tate of Outotec

When: Monday 13th March, 2017

Time: Finger food and drinks starts at 6.00pm, presentation commencing at 6.30pm. Networking 7.30pm inwards

Where: North Metropolitan College of TAFE, 140 Royal St (cnr Fielder St), East Perth. Block B Level 2 Room B202 (NE end). Parking at front or at rear off cnr Fielder & Kensington St (1P) free after 5pm

Cost: MA Members with finger food and drinks $20, Non-Members with finger food and drinks $25, Presentation Only FREE

RSVP: Noon, Friday 10th March 2017 

Booking: Book Here


Traditional use of white-metal or roller bearings in grinding mills have historically presented ongoing maintenance issues and at times high cost failures.

The search for a reliable alternative led a small Perth-based group to experiment with polymer materials. The results of their efforts have been hailed as “the most significant development in minerals processing equipment in the last twenty five years”

About the Speaker

As a newly graduated engineer, Chris Tate spent two years on this project at Outotec Perth, researching materials properties, bearing design and conducting testing of prototypes.

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