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The cost-effective high-tech end solution for all demanding environments.

Washdown Housings

Together with you, we configure your desired stainless steel housing unit with appropriate seals, even for extreme areas of application, and deliver them to you pre-assembled.


Washdown Housings

Washdown housings are the cost-optimal high-tech end-of-line solution for all environments, such as the food processing industry, where aggressive influences (salt, moisture, dirt, chemicals) act on the bearing units used and significantly shorten the life of the bearing units.

Problematic use of plastic housings

Plastic housings can only withstand aggressive environments to a certain extent before failure occurs due to swelling, brittleness or fatigue from high mechanical forces, with all the negative consequences for production and associated costs.

Problematic use of gray cast iron housings

Grey cast iron housings can withstand higher forces, but rust in aggressive environments and cannot be used in food processing applications due to hygiene regulations.

Problematic use of bearings made of stainless steel (e.g. bearing SUC 210)

High price, limited load capacity (softer, stainless steel; high wear) and the only protection from the environment is a seal on the bearing itself. The only advantage: Food grade in combination with food grade grease.

Washdown Housings

The optimal solution for industrial bearing units

With a high quality sealing solution, the assemblies allow the user to use the F316 (1.4404) stainless steel housing in combination with the appropriate choice of grease, roller bearing steel ball bearings (e.g. 100Cr6) in aggressive environments, saving the use of expensive bearing solutions made from softer stainless steel, weak plastic housings or rusting grey cast iron housings.

Design options

  • Selection of the right bearing washdown housing for each application
  • Choosing the right sealing solution
  • Selection of the correct lubrication solution
  • Loss of grease or pressure tight design
  • Independence from bearing manufacturers


  • Increased system reliability through the use of more robust bearings
  • Reduced cost to the operator over time
  • Up to 5 times higher bearing load capacity

Practical example

Bearing life for a customer in the mussel processing industry in the Netherlands was optimised from 3-4 months to 6 years.

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