Sunday, 3 March 2013

Bat Rolling Machine - Extremely Hard Rollers Break Bats

ByDave Manly

In the quest for lifetime warranties and easy rolling, there are Bat Rolling Machines that are using extremely hard rollers. Honestly, I can not figure out how such rollers have evolved. It is an example of research and development that has gone bad.

There have been several areas that needed to be addressed. The machines being built need to solve these problems.

Here is a short list of the areas that needed to be addressed.

Bat SlippageEase of RollingLong lastingBat Damage

However, the most important area is the protection of the bats that are being rolled. While no manufacturer can offer 100% guarantees of the bats themselves, do too many factors, it is my professional opinion that all areas of research should center on the needs of the consumer. A broken bat will quickly ruin your day and it only takes one.

Acetal Plastic which is also known as Delrin is a material that solved 1 of these problem areas. This plastic will last. Where it fails is in the other 3.

This plastic replaces steel in many applications of industrial usage. You will see it used in areas such as pulleys and gears. Bull gears and pinion gears are often made of this material. Hardness and lack of friction are its 2 main properties. It is nearly as hard as steel.

Bat Slippage:

Bat slippage also can be an issue in the bat rolling industry. This is when a bat slips on the rollers during the rolling process. This can occur at higher levels of pressure. This can not be solved by using a material that is low in friction. The plastic needs to grip the bat well to solve the slippage problem. Teflon is another plastic that has great properties, but should be stayed away from in the bat rolling industry.

Ease of Rolling:

A couple of areas need to be taken into consideration in this category. You need a material that solves the slippage problem and also compresses the bat well. Both are equally important.

Long Lasting:

The ability to put a good warranty on a machine is extremely important, but it should not be the only deciding factor when selecting a material to use in the rollers of a machine. The other factors should be taken into consideration.

Bat Breakage:

I have seen articles written on this subject, and one statement suggests that harder is better when it comes to the rollers in bat rolling machines. I also have heard of and seen bat damage from these extremely hard rollers and even bat breakage.

The Solution:

There are plastics available that solve all of the problems that were mentioned in this article. There are solid core plastics that bridge the gap. There is even at least one Bat Rolling Machine that utilizes a duo-core plastic. This plastic has hardness in its center core and gripping ability and memory recall on its outer shell.

In Conclusion:

Too hard of a plastic will last forever, but you have a high risk of damaging and or breaking an expensive bat. There are plastic rollers on the market that bridge the gap and will give you the professional result that you deserve. You just need to do a little research and you will have many years of happy rolling.

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About the Author
Dave is the owner of Panther Machines. Panther Machines is the leader in the industry in both the production and sales of Bat Rolling Machines

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