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May 2, 1950
Filed Jan. 17, 1947
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Filed Jan. 17, 1947
2 sheets-sheet 2
Patented May 2, 1950
South Bend, Ind.„assignors to The Torrington
Company; South Bend, Indi, a corporation of
Applioation January 17, 194i, serial No. 1223318
6 Claims.
(Cl. 308-207)
This invention relates to bearing assemblies
construction Avviu lbe 'more apparent V'from the
and more particularly is concerned with a
bearing assembly for use in supporting the roll
necks of the rolls used in rolling mills and the
One object of the present invention is to pro
vide a bearing assembly for roll necks of this
type in which a self-aligning spherical roller
type bearing is employed to accommodate the
>with >the
which, drawings,
deiiections of the roll neck caused by the 'cor-'
responding deflection of the rolls and a second
roller bearing assembly, mounted at each side
of the supporting bearing pedestal for accom
modating axial movement of the »roll neck.
In the present invention, the latter bearing 15
assembly comprises a cage, roll 'and roller plate
Will disclose t0 'those Skilled
vthe art; >ì'JI-'iè par“
tisular construction and öperationfof a preferred
form of the present invention.
In the drawings:
Figure l is an end elevatión'alyiew of va Beal?
ing housing and asseinblïy `~for the VVroll neck of
a roller employing the present invention».
Figure 2 is a side elévatió'n Öf tl’ië structuré
shown in Figure 1.
Figure l3 is a sectional view ’off the'striloturè
shown in Figure 1; and
Figure 4 is an isometric view of the 'roller caá'e
and lower plate of the assembly ysh‘ov'vri Vin Figures
unit which is mounted on either side of the bear
l and 2.
ing housings and becomes what might be con”u
Referring ¿now in detail to the "drawings, there
sidered part of the ladder bearing With the inter
is provided the bearing housing 'f5 which hou ing
mediate rolls and sleeve pockets removed. There 20 is supported upon a pedestal or supporting »mein
is provided a spring on either si'de of the retain
bei’ S, the bearing housing 5 being 'adapted t0
ing screw which supports the roller plate as'
contain a bearing assembly 'l which consists o'f
sembly in position relative the bearing housing
the outer bearing race 8 located in the housing f5;
and is utilized to keep the cage and rollers in
the inner bearing jrace 9 Amounted Vupon vvthe '_re
correct relationship until the rollers are loaded 25 duced portion, indicated ygeneraflïly ‘at Irl, of a
and the entire housing is in operating position.
Another object of the present invention is to
provide a roller assembly and bearing construc
tion for a roll neck which 'will accommodate
roll neck I2, and a doiible row of spherical rollers
i3 contained within the bearing ica-ge H.
This bearing assembly ‘i is of the yconven'tional
self-aligning double fspherical roller bearing conL
ñoating of the bearing and housing during shaft 30 struction and 'pfrovides'a construction 'which ‘ac
deiiection and take care -of axial travel of the roll.
In the present construction, the bearing housing
is stabilized by the roller bearings upon which it
is supported so that it can m'ove axially and -the
commodates deflection ofthe 4rol-l ireok r'f2 ëaíu'sed
by bending bf the îroll. The housing 5 includes
a side plate I0 which is provided with -'a suitable
lubricant seal indicated 'generally Iat '|55 'at the
self-aligning spherical 'roller bearing is used 35 end of the housing where -it surrounds >the roll
about the roll neck to take care 'of deflection.
Another object of the present invention is to
provide a bearing assembly possessing these
characteristics which is considerably cheaper
neck i2; The opposite end of housing >`5 has yan
enclosing end plate H bolted thereto'enclosing
the -roll neck Iand bearing assembly. The "nner
race of bear-ing assembly 1 `is held
than the construction in which a complete lad
40 upon the reduced end of the roll neck by
der bearing is provided.
of plate IB bolted lto 'the end of 'the A’shaft and
A still further advantage secured by the pres
forcing l“the inner 'race against -the "thrust
ent construction is to provide one piece cage,
roller and rollerI plate -assemblies on each side
Washer I8.
The base `'portion of Vthe supporting housing '5
of the bearing housings which can vbe manufac 45 is provided at opposite sides thereof `with longi
tured at relatively low cost and which eliminate
tudinally directed recessed porti'oïêns 'is fdeiñ‘ïned at
considerable machining of adjacent parts which
would be necessary if two short roll assemblies
tiroir 'inner edges by ve?tioai ’waiis _2i by which
the `assembly may »be lguided into :the recess '3i
were employed on each side of the housing. Such
formed in the >suppÓrting base È. ¥ v.'I‘ii'is -ailövìfs
construction would also require the use ‘of spacers 50 easy location vof the bearing Yassenti-bly in ‘its sup
which is accommodated in the present construc
tion by >making a unitary plate assembly which
provides for positive spacing of the `rollers
Without the necessity of any additional pieces.
Other objects and advantages of the present
port. The surfaces i9 eachrec'e‘ive a ¿bearing
plate `2l! extending vloilgitu'dirraïlly "along Athe 'upper
'face 'of the recess as »shown in Fi'gïufjre ¿2. The
plates `2'0, 4in
lare adapted íto -fresît u'pdn'ïthe
straight roller members 22 carried
fa 'Tease
assembly, indicated generally in -lî‘igure 4 at 23,
It is believed that the present construction pro
and mounted upon the roller plate 24. The rollers
22 4are secured within suitable recesses in the
cage 23.
The cage assembly also preferably includes lon
gitudinally extending portions 25 which are
joined to the transversely extending ends con
taining the rollers 22, as clearly shown in Figure
4. Intermediate the roller* pockets, the member
25 is suitably apertured to receive oppositely dis
posed coil springs 2l which are separated by
means of the retaining screw 23. The retaining
screw 28 is adapted to be screwed into a suitably
vides a simple way of supporting the roll neck
for axial movement by means of a unitary as
sembly which can be secured in position and can
be located in position by the retaining screw 23
tapped opening formed in the vertically extend
until such time as the rollers 22 are loaded after
which the springs perform no particdlar func
tion inasmuch as the plate 24 is then located
thereby holding the rollers 22 in their respective
relative positions.
We are aware that various changes may be
made in certain details of the present construc
tion, and we therefore do not intend to be lim
' ited except as defined by the scope and spirit of
the appended claims.
ing walls of the recesses I9 formed in the mem
ber 5. To initially locate the assembly 23 in po
sition, the springs 2l function to center this as- Y
sembly relative to the retaining screw 28 and to
locate it in position until the rollers are loaded
within the'assembly.
One such assembly is located on either side of
the member 5 and it will be noted that by the po
sition of the rollers in the manner noted, the en
tire assembly including the bearing housing 5 for
the .self-aligning bearing assembly 1, is free to 25
travel axially relative to the axis of the roll there
We claim:
l. In a roll neck bearing assembly, a self-align
ing spherical roller bearing about said neck, a .
bearing housing therefor, and supporting means
for said housing comprising a ñxed stand, a pair
of rollers arranged on said stand on opposite sides
of said neck, and bearing plates on said housing
engaging said rollers and movable thereon in
accordance with axial movement of said roll
2. Supporting means fora roll neck compris
ing a self-aligning roller bearing assembly about
by accommodating expansion iand contraction of
said neck, a supporting Vhousing for said bearing
the roll necks axially while the self-aligning bear
assembly having opposed laterally offset arms
ing accommodates deflection of the roll.
The roll assembly 23 has lower plate 213 thereof 30 terminating in horizontal surfaces parallelling
the axis of said roll neck, a supporting base hav
resting upon a supporting surface 30 formed in
ing corresponding surfaces spaced below said
tegrally upon the supporting base S. This pro
housing surfaces, and unitary flat roller plate
vides a flat fixed support for the assembly 23 to
assemblies between said surfaces including lon
maintain accurate positioning of the assembly
relative the supporting member 6 and to provide 35 gitudinally spaced transverse rollers for trans
mitting the load from said housing to said base
that the axis of the two rollers 22 will be m-ain
and accommodating axial movement of said roll
tained in the same horizontal plane and will be
neck and housing.
located such as to accommodate straight axial
3. The structureY of claim 2 including spring
movement of the assembly supported thereon.
Preferably suitable dust covers 34 are provided 40 loaded anchoring means for initially locating
said roller assemblies in position prior to loading
at opposite ends of the assembly »and are secured
at their ends respectively as by means 0f support
of said rollers.
ing plate 35 to the member 5 and supporting plateÍ
4. Ina roll neck supporting structure, a self
aligning bearing surrounding said neck, a hous
36 to the member 6. The dust plates are prefer
ably screwed into position as by means of the 45 ing for said bearing having axially extending
screws 31 and serve to protect the assembly 23
supporting legs at opposite sides of the housing
against the entrance of dust, foreign particles,
provided with horizontal supporting surfaces, a
or the like which might be injurious to the rollers
cage, roller and'roller plate'unit assembly se
cured to said housing adjacent each of said legs
Suitable side plates 32 enclose the sides of the 50 with transverse rollers therein engaging said sur
opening receiving the bearing plate assembly and
faces, and supporting base means Vbeneath said
are secured in position in any suitable manner
housing having aligned .surfaces on opposite sides
to the housing 5 and slidable base 6 due to the
of said housing receiving and supporting said
slotted openings 33 in the plates. With this type
plates of said unit assemblies. '
of assembly, by lremoving the dust covers and 55
5. The structure of claim 4 including spring
side plates 32, it is possible to lift the entire as
centered anchoring means for securing each of
sembly out of the supporting base 5 with the bear
said'unit assemblies to said housing.
ing assembly 23 and plate 2B remaining secured
6. The structure of claim 4 including means
to the bearing housing 5. This facilitates inspec
preventing'vertical movementV of said housing
tion and maintenance of the bearings. The side
relative to said base during operation, and meansV
plates, when in operation, provide means for lift,
accommodating axial movement of said'housing
ing Vthe complete assembly with the base and pre
with respect to said base. ’
vent lifting of housing 5 from base 6. _ The slots
Y33 provided in these plates permit axial move
ment of housing 5 relative to the base 6.
It will therefore be seen that with the present
construction, the roll neck l l is supported for
axial'movement by the entire assembly being car
ried upon the rollers 22 on opposite sides thereof,
Y‘The followingfreferences; are-’of recordìin the
ñle of this patenti:
' means of the self-aligning spherical roller bear
/_ Y
n I
four rollers thus being provided to produce »a
firm and planar support for this axial movement.
Deflection of the rolls which produces correspond
ing cooking of the roll neck is accommodated by
ing'assembly 1.
Name '
StevensV _____ __f__-__»_ Feb. 21,*1933
AHerrmann ___;-__~____ Nov. 29, 1938
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