Despite their many advantages, bearing isolators have some limitations. The most important one to point out is they are unsuitable for applications where the process fluid is abrasive or corrosive. In these harsh environments, they wear out more
quickly. Proper installation can not be overstated when it comes to the successful
use of bearing isolators.
Installing a bearing isolator typically involves the following steps:
1. Shut down the equipment and allow it to cool down before replacing the bearing isolator.
2. Locate the bearing that needs to be serviced.
3. Remove any external components blocking access to the bearing, such as guards
4. Install new Bearing Isolator and check to see if O-ring fits snug.
5. Reassemble the equipment and reconnect the shaft or other rotating components.
6. Start the equipment and check for smooth operation. If the equipment is not operating properly, shut it down and check for any issues or problems.