Heavy duty swivels gaining market share in the forest
April 18, 2018 - Indexator’s new generation of hose swivels — the K100 — continues to gain ground in the forest sector. With its ball-free design the swivel withstands heavy side loads and peak pressure while eliminating the problem with twisting hoses.
Hydraulic hoses are sensitive for twisting and only a few degrees of twist can reduce hose life by up to 90 per cent. The elimination of twists increases hydraulic hose lifetime substantially.
The ball-less design makes the K100-swivel suitable for applications with heavy side loads, high pull force and modern machines with high pressure and flow. With less downtime due to leakage the K100 increases profitability for everyone.
“The K100 has been a true success. Especially on extreme applications — for example on hoses to harvester heads and felling heads where you have a lot of bending forces going into the swivel,” says Johnny Karlsson, area sales manager at Indexator Rotator Systems.
The modular construction also provides major customization opportunities with many different connection and seal principles. Due to few components the maintenance of the swivels is easy.
“Our customers really like the compact design with small external diameter. It is a clear advantage when you have limited installation space,” says Karlsson.
Main advantages of K100:
- New design with powerful slide bearings
- Resistant to heavy side loads
- Secure solution — it cannot be forced apart during work
- Withstands high pressure levels
- Surface treatment that is highly corrosion and wear resistant
- Dirt and water-resistant seal that protects from outside particles
- Seal and support ring for high pressure
- Easy maintenance
- Hardened bearing surfaces
- Compact dimensions
- Optimized design with few parts
Indexator Rotator Systems AB is a global leader in the manufacture of rotators, swivels and accessories. Today, Indexator is an extremely strong brand in the forestry, material handling and recycling industries all over the world. The company conducts world-class R&D that includes a dedicated, in-house test lab that international equipment manufacturers also turn to to develop new products and functions. Indexator currently has 140 employees and annual sales of around SEK 230 million. A high proportion of its sales go to export, with around 80 per cent of production being sold to more than 40 markets around the world.