Industrial Utility Efficiency

Hardy Pro-Air Success with ABB's Couplings and Motors

Hardy Pro-Air Systems & Service, a manufacturing company serving the wastewater aeration and pneumatic conveying markets out of Antioch, Illinois had worked to transition from a belted motor/blower connection to a direct drive solution before. However, initial efforts in the metal to metal direct drive options did not last long on equipment that runs 24 hours a day. As they began to look for solutions again, the local ABB sales engineer suggested that Hardy Pro-Air consider the Dodge® Raptor elastomeric coupling.

The local ABB sales engineer suggested that Hardy Pro-Air consider the Dodge® Raptor elastomeric coupling.

Once selected, implementation went smoothly. “The engineering department enjoyed putting this into the designs” said Jim Meyer, President Hardy Pro-Air.  “We were happy with ease of installation – no adjustment to alignment or tensioning is needed to maintain the Raptor coupling.”

Raptor couplings do not require maintenance, which is not possible with a belt drive. The elastomeric design and material of the Raptor also allows for longer driven equipment life. Coupled with Baldor-Reliance® Severe Duty motors, Hardy Pro-Air can offer reliable solutions to their customers that differentiate them from their competitors, who only offer belt driven solutions.

“We have found customers looking to modernize and streamline operations, and this is an integral component – the Raptor – in providing solutions that allows us to meet their needs in ways they didn’t expect,” Brad Hargett, VP Sales and Marketing at Hardy Pro-Air said. “Being able to eliminate their pain points and ease management nightmares through this product results in the perfect solution.”

ABB provides local customer service, engineering backup, and sales support to complement the Hardy Pro-Air team. 

Scott Stevenson, Industry Manager, Hardy Pro Air said, “There is not a better product on the market than the ABB Dodge Raptor.” Duane Acker, Lead engineer with Hardy Pro-Air said, “They are bulletproof.”  Visit to watch the customer story.


About Hardy Pro-Air

Hardy Pro-Air is the Dynamic Result of the merger and integration of independently successful systems design and sales of Hardy Systems with the service & manufacturing expertise of Pro-air Service. Organized as a division of Meyer Machine & Equipment, we are focused on Sales and Service of air and material handling equipment for companies and municipalities nation-wide. Our Systems group brings to the table the ability to take projects from concept all the way to start-up. With our veteran staff we can consult on possible solutions to meet the most demanding applications. We have a wide range of products to meet the needs of any situation. We take pride in offering the service to support your organization for the equipment that we sell in addition to other manufacturers. For more information, please visit


About ABB

ABB is a pioneering technology leader with a comprehensive offering for digital industries. With a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB is today a leader in digital industries with four customer-focused, globally leading businesses: Electrification, Industrial Automation, Motion, and Robotics & Discrete Automation, supported by its common ABB Ability™ digital platform. ABB’s market‑leading Power Grids business will be divested to Hitachi in 2020. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 147,000 employees.