The marine industry is facing an ongoing increase in regulation and scrutiny on emissions, discharge and acceptable lubricants. Applications that have been historically lubricated via grease or oil are being redesigned to accommodate environmentally acceptable lubricants (EAL). This transition is introducing a new set of logistical challenges in sourcing acceptable products and compatibility with existing designs and sealing solutions.
Vessel operators are looking to composite bearing solutions to perform in a wide variety of conditions and applications. From water lubricated bearings as replacements of existing rubber, other plastics, or wood products, to high load steering components in lieu of greased bronze materials operating above and below the water line. Columbia Industrial Products offers a solution to the marine industry with its specially designed material, CIP Marine™, that has low coefficient of friction and excellent wear characteristics paired with fast and superior service to help with unexpected dry docking time.
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