ThomasNet News Logo
Sign Up | Log In | ThomasNet Home | Promote Your Business

Polyurethane Seal protects turbine bearings from contaminants.

Print | 
Email |  Comment   Share  
August 5, 2014 - Manufactured from polyurethane material exhibiting resistance to wear, abrasion, UV radiation, and ozone, SKF axial excluder seal (HRC1) comes in standard solid and split versions for shaft sizes from 1–3 m and offers alternative to rubber seals in wind turbine applications. Sealing lip helps reduce bending while minimizing contact area, friction, and wear; flexibility and engineering geometry allow axial displacement of + 2 mm; and integrated grooves keep sealing edge properly lubricated.

New SKF Axial Excluder Seal Offers Ideal Alternative to Rubber Seals for Protecting Wind Turbine Bearings from Contaminants

890 Forty Foot Rd., P.O. Box 352
Lansdale, PA, 19446

Press release date: June 16, 2014

The new SKF axial excluder seal introduces an ideal high-performance alternative to conventional rubber seals for protecting wind turbine main shaft bearings from contaminants.  Ultimately, the seal represents an advanced first line of defense against any debris or contaminants the wind may carry and can help wind farm operators significantly reduce the risks of contaminant-related bearing failures and the high costs of associated unplanned downtime, repair, and lost productivity.

Unlike conventional rubber seals typically prone to excessive wear and subsequent failure, the SKF axial excluder seal (designated HRC1) is manufactured from a proprietary SKF polyurethane material exhibiting excellent resistance to wear, abrasion, UV radiation, and ozone.

Key design features include a robust sealing lip to help reduce bending and minimize contact area, friction, and wear; optimized flexibility and engineering geometry allowing axial displacement of + 2 mm; and integrated grooves to keep the sealing edge properly lubricated.  In addition, the seal features a stainless steel clamping band with a fast-lock mechanism to facilitate easy up-tower installation and fixation on the shaft, whether for new installations or retrofits.

Early field trials confirmed the HRC1 seal’s performance levels and robustness.  Seals installed on 40 separate 2.5 MW turbines operated continuously under real-world conditions and, after three months, an initial inspection revealed only normally expected run-in wear – with no dramatic changes six months later.

HRC1 axial displacement seals are available in standard solid and split versions for shaft sizes from 1m to 3m.  Custom solutions can be developed.

Bryan Uncapher
Business Development Manager-North America, SKF USA Inc. 
Tel: +1-224-535-4007

SKF is a leading global supplier of bearings, seals, mechatronics, lubrication systems, and services which include technical support, maintenance and reliability services, engineering consulting and training. SKF is represented in more than 130 countries and has around 15,000 distributor locations worldwide. Annual sales in 2013 were SEK 63,597 million and the number of employees was 48,401.
Print | 
Email |  Comment   Share  
Contacts: View detailed contact information.


Post a comment about this story

(your e-mail address will not be posted)
Comment title:
To submit comment, enter the security code shown below and press 'Post Comment'.

 See related product stories
More .....
 See more product news in:
Fluid and Gas Flow Equipment
Transportation Industry Products
 More New Product News from this company:
Spherical Washers optimize bolt mounting of machinery.
Portable IR Thermometer enables measurement from safe distance.
High-Temperature Bearing Units are self-lubricating and drip-free.
Laser-Based Sensor enables non-contact vibration measurement.
More ....
| Featured Manufacturing Jobs
 Other News from this company:
SKF Mobile Apps Equip Users with an Expanding Portfolio of Technology Information and Applications Support
SKF Expands Repair and Rebuild Capabilities for Machine Tool Spindles with Dedicated Service Facilities and Support
SKF Insight(TM) 'Smart' Technology Equips New Bearings with Innovative Capabilities for Continuous Condition Monitoring
SKF to Be Co-primary Sponsor of Brad Keselowski's No. 22 Ford Mustang for Nationwide Series Race at Bristol Motor Speedway
SKF Leading Global Supplier within Asset Reliability Software and Services According to ARC Advisory Group
More ....
 Tools for you
Watch Company 
View Company Profile
Company web site
More news from this company
E-mail this story to a friend
Save Story
Search for suppliers of
Axle Seals
Polyurethane Seals
Bearing Seals
Join the forum discussion at:
The Hardware Bin

Home  |  My ThomasNet News®  |  Industry Market Trends®  |  Submit Release  |  Advertise  |  Contact News  |  About Us
Brought to you by        Browse ThomasNet Directory

Copyright © 2014 Thomas Publishing Company. All Rights Reserved.
Terms of Use - Privacy Policy

Error close

Please enter a valid email address