The story of the Extreme Bearing
This is how it started
In 2010, Jaap Meeuwsen was running his own company offering technical service to the mussel industry in the Dutch seaside town of Yerseke, famous for its mussels. He heard constant complaints about wear on the bearings. So he began to search for better bearings at trade shows and found some good products to try. “I would go to the customers and say, now I have a better bearing for you,”
recalls Jaap. “They tried it but were still not satisfied.”
Jaap didn’t give up and came back a year later saying “Now I have an even better bearing for you.”
In the end, nothing on the market matched the tough conditions found in mussel processing. That’s when Jaap decided to invent his own bearing. “There were some bearings where the ball bearings themselves were made of stainless steel but the housing was not. I decided to make a bearing with double roller bearings and a stainless steel housing,” he says. “I also invented a special type of seal which I call the centrifugal seal. It is designed to keep the dirt out.”
What makes it unique?
What makes Jaap’s bearing unit unique is the stainless steel housing, the use of an adapter sleeve and a special centrifugal seal. This combination handles high radial and thrust loads with low friction, which makes it up to five times stronger. No one else offers a bearing like this. The bearing housing is made to his specifications and is not available from other bearing companies.
He knew he had invented something special for the mussel companies in the town of Yerseke. “Now I have a bearing that is extremely good for you,” he
told his customers back in 2012. Jaap called it the Extreme Bearing. It lived up to its name. Instead of lasting three months, the bearing lasted for years.
“I was with a customer in the mussel industry recently and we inspected all the Extreme Bearings in his factory by opening up the end covers,” says
Jaap. “There was absolutely nothing wrong with the bearings after one year so we closed them up again and they can go on working for another year
before the next inspection is due.”
“The mussel industry has the worst conditions you can find for a bearing: cracked shells, sand and the presence of saltwater,” comments Jaap. “If the bearing works here, I believe it will work anywhere.”
The Extreme Bearing was invented for the mussel industry but is now finding a niche in many other applications around the world with extreme conditions.
Jaap Meeuwsen, inventor of the Extreme Bearing and founder of the company of the same name.
A conveyor belt carrying mussels.
Thanks to the stainless steel bearing housing and centrifugal seals, the Extreme Bearing has been running in this exposed position for many years without maintenance.