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Metallurgical | Rotary sealing

Annual savings of more than £250k on hot rolling mill


Our customer was experiencing unacceptable leakage on their hot rolling mill back-up chocks, which was resulting in five seal change-outs per year.

Each change-out incurred significant labour and parts costs for the replacement of 90 seals, in addition to the loss of production whilst the plant was shut down for each unscheduled event.


Hot rolling mill back-up chocks.

Existing solution

Worn equipment, a damaged housing and high levels of eccentricity were at the heart of the excessive oil leakage and the low cost seal option being used by the customer could not cope with these conditions.

James Walker solution

The alternative solution offered by James Walker was a D7 Walkersele specifically designed for excessive eccentricity and a self-retaining fit.

The seal was manufactured in our Supaglide elastomer which also reduced the level of wear on both the shaft and seal, providing extended service life.

Despite the James Walker product being double the price of the low-cost seal the customer was originally using, the improvement in sealing performance and enhanced service life have provided a significant ongoing annual saving by focusing on Total Cost of Ownership rather than minimum component cost.

Results and benefits
  Before After
Number of change-outs per year
Labour hours per change-out
Labour and lost production costs per hour
Number of seals per change-out
Price of each seal
Annual wastage of oil through leakage 5,000 litres 0 litres
Annual cost of oil wastage
Annual cost of seals
Annual cost of labour and lost production
Total annual cost £375,550 £93,820
Total annual saving   £281,730



Annual savings of over £250k
Increased productvity
Improved Health & Safety
Reduced labour and maintenance costs
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