SEW Eurodrive gearboxes are found on oil refineries, drilling platforms, chemical plants and paper mills. Most companies run them to failure, which often times is an impressive 10+ year run before a repair is needed. A customer needed to stop their gearbox , running a conveyor belt, from leaking in the woodyard. The weakness was the double lip seals that are installed. They wear out in about 6-8 months on continuous use. On top of that, the lip seal wears a grove into the shaft, making it necessary to either refurbish the shaft or get a new one when it's time to repair. Regular labyrinth isolators don't scar the shaft but perform poorly in forced lube systems or flooded environments.

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