Optimized Bearings match customers' application needs.

Press Release Summary:

Part of SKF EnCompass Field Performance Programme, SKF Bearings have been optimized to meet real-world application conditions. SKF Explorer spherical roller bearings offer 50% less seal friction, while SKF Energy Efficient deep groove ball bearings minimize frictional losses. SKF Energy Efficient Y-bearings are characterized by lower frictional moment, and SKF Explorer steel/steel plain bearings are initially lubricated and sealed to eliminate need for relubrication.

Original Press Release:

SKF Optimizes Products as Part of New Field Performance Programme

With the introduction of the SKF EnCompass Field Performance Programme the company launches new, improved versions of four existing product lines to better match bearings for customers’ application needs.

Gothenburg, Sweden, – To address customer needs for improved bearing field performance, SKF launches its new SKF EnCompass Field Performance Programme. Leveraging SKF’s depth of application experience and tribological knowledge, the company-wide initiative focuses on bearing design optimization and more detailed analysis of the factors influencing bearing rating life to help meet real-world application conditions.

As part of the programme, SKF has optimized its SKF Explorer spherical roller bearings, SKF Energy Efficient deep groove ball bearings, SKF Energy Efficient Y-bearings and units and SKF Explorer steel/steel plain bearings.

SKF EnCompass really demonstrates our dedication to understanding and fulfilling the needs of our customers. They face unique and challenging application conditions and with these optimized product lines and calculation methods, we can help them match bearings to running conditions better than ever before, resulting in improved bearing life and reduced operating costs”, says Helene Richmond, Head of SKF Product Lines.

As the result of improvements such as surface finishes and heat treatment, upgraded SKF Explorer spherical roller bearings can have a service life twice that of the previous industry-leading SKF Explorer bearings, especially under contaminated or poor lubrication conditions. In addition, with a new design that results in up to 50 percent less seal friction, small sealed spherical roller bearings now offer reduced operating temperatures by up to 20 °C, enabling limiting speeds to be doubled.

SKF Energy Efficient (E2) deep groove ball bearings can provide more than twice the service life while reducing energy use. Design improvements reduce frictional losses in the bearing by up to 30 percent when compared to the same-size SKF Explorer bearing. SKF now offers an extended catalogue range of shielded and sealed SKF E2 deep groove ball bearings in order to cover a larger range of application requirements.

SKF Energy Efficient (E2) Y-bearings and Y-bearing units are characterized by a frictional moment that is up to 50 percent lower when compared to the same-sized standard Y-bearing. In addition to the energy savings offered by SKF E2 Y-bearings, SKF now offers fully assembled SKF E2 Y-bearing units that combine SKF E2 Y-bearings and SKF composite housings. Helping to reduce total cost of ownership, these lightweight, cost-effective and ready-to-mount units are particularly well suited to applications where high speeds, moderate loads, reliability and minimal maintenance are all key parameters.

SKF Explorer steel/steel plain bearings are also part of the SKF EnCompass programme. They are initially lubricated and sealed to eliminate the need for relubrication in applications with low to moderate levels of contamination, such as those in off-highway applications. This generates significant savings by reducing maintenance costs and grease consumption. Additionally, extensive testing, in both the lab and the field, has resulted in a 50 percent increase in the dynamic load rating.

SKF EnCompass is a big part of SKF’s commitment to further improve field performance for customers and, within the program, more products, new knowledge and innovative software tools will be released over time.

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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 2014 were SEK 70 975 million and the number of employees was 48 593. www.skf.com

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