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X-series Agitator

X-series Agitator with integrated Extended Bearing Distance boosts efficiencies in minerals processing

The X-series Agitator with integrated Extended Bearing Distance (EBD) from SEW-EURODRIVE represents the latest iteration of the well-known X-series, designed specifically for mixing applications such as minerals processing.

Responding specifically to customer requirements, the new X-series Agitator features an integrated Extended Bearing Distance (EBD). This means it consists of a standard gearbox with a modified output side in order to increase the radial and axial forces. The distance between the low-speed shaft bearings has been increased, while bearings with larger dynamic capacities have been used.

“An integration of the EBD with axial and/or radial bearings into the gearbox is far more cost-efficient for the customer than a purely external bearing configuration mounted on the application,” Head of Department – Engineering Andreas Meid comments. The main applications for the X-series Agitator are mixers, agitators and aerators, where high radial forces, combined with axial forces, act on the low-speed shaft.


SEW-EURODRIVE Head of Engineering Andreas Meid.

“We already have a strong footprint in these sectors with our existing X-series and MC-series Gearbox, and it is anticipated that the new X-series Agitator will only enhance that. What we have done is look at all competitive products available on the market, and incorporated the strongest features in our unit. This means we have a lot of extra selling points, in addition to unique accessories on offer, such as a Condition Monitoring System,” Meid explains.

The main advantage of the X-series Agitator is that it is essentially an off-the-shelf unit that uses existing components. The entire design is fully integrated, which makes for a highly efficient and compact unit that is easily maintainable. “Different lubrication options are available, such as bath lubricated with expansion tank, or pressure lubrication with drywell. All the lubrication piping is integrated fully into the unit, which is thermally optimised as well. Different filter options are also available,” Meid points out.

The new X-series Agitator with integrated Extended Bearing Distance will be launched officially at Electra Mining Africa 2016 from 12 to 16 September 2016, at the SEW-EURODRIVE stand in Hall 6 J20. Celebrating its 85th anniversary this year, the company will be unveiling a range of new products under its ‘The Future Starts Now’ campaign. “Innovation, tradition and customer focus are the cornerstones of SEW-EURODRIVE South Africa,” comments MD Raymond Obermeyer.

“That was the case when our company was founded 85 years ago, and it still holds true today. Thanks to a range of customer-orientated service modules, we offer our customers added value and measurable benefits. This is made possible by powerful drives, high quality standards and customised solutions,” Obermeyer concludes.

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