Simrit and Klüber Lubrication to Debut Lube&Seal Sealing System at WINDPOWER 2010


Innovative collaboration results in precise, reliable sealing system and complementing lubricants for use in wind turbines

DALLAS, - Wind turbines, and all of the components within each machine, must be built to withstand a wide range of harsh environmental elements. Even the smallest part, if poorly manufactured, can cause big problems. That's why Simrit and Klüber Lubrication North America L.P., two specialists within the Freudenberg Group, have combined their expertise to offer the Lube&Seal package, which provides the windpower industry the optimal combination of lubricants and seals.

The Lube&Seal sealing solution combines Simrit's expertise in sealing technology and vibration control with Klüber's unparalleled knowledge in lubricants. This collaboration integrates sealing lip systems and lubricants into a more reliable tribological system ­­­for wind turbine gears.

"We are excited about our partnership with Klüber as it allows us to design, develop and manufacture a complete sealing system using the best possible materials and lubricants," said Dave Monaco, president, Simrit. "As a result, we can provide our customers with an all-in-one solution of the highest quality and durability, which is critically important in the windpower industry."

As an integrated system, the Lube&Seal helps minimize breakdowns in wind turbines due to leaks, while simultaneously preventing wear and reducing damage that can be caused by thermal instability and other environmental elements of particular concern to wind turbine manufacturers, such as the ozone, salty air and mineral oils.

"Repairs on wind turbines can be costly, difficult and dangerous," said Jesse Dilk, industry group manager - wind, Klüber Lubrication North America L.P. "Therefore, it is vital to use high-quality components at every opportunity. Bearings, seals and lubricants are essential design elements when analyzing mechanical systems. Optimization of these elements leads to a more efficient, reliable machine design."

A Lube&Seal package undergoes extensive testing and certification procedures to ensure chemical compatibility, low friction, temperature resistance, corrosion protection, contamination reduction and extended service life. This collaborative technology offered by Klüber and Simrit contributes to the overall quality and performance of wind turbines by reducing wear and deterioration of key mechanical components.

Simrit and Klüber will debut their products and services at WINDPOWER 2010, which takes place from May 23 to 26 in Dallas. Please visit the companies' booth (9648) at the Dallas Convention Center to gather additional information and speak to representatives about potential cost savings, increased warranty protection, extended service life and reduced failure rates of the Lube&Seal solution.

The Simrit Division is based at Freudenberg-NOK's headquarters in Plymouth, Mich. Freudenberg-NOK is part of the Freudenberg and NOK Group Companies, which have total annual sales of more than $7 billion. The global Freudenberg and NOK Group offers an extensive portfolio of precision-molded products for the aerospace, appliance, automotive, marine, medical, off-highway equipment, recreational vehicle and semiconductor markets. For more information, visit the Simrit website at www.simrit.com.

Klüber Lubrication, a worldwide manufacturer of specialty lubricants, has long been on the cutting edge of lubricant technology. For more than 80 years, we have been committed to providing tribological solutions for our customers, by manufacturing and supplying specialty lubricants for extreme applications. Our lubricants succeed where conventional lubricants fail. Our philosophy of product innovation demands that we work cooperatively with our customers and has earned us the reputation of reliable partner and solution provider. With representation around the globe, and a product portfolio of more than 2,000 standard lubricants, Klüber's products and services are available wherever and whenever they are needed. Lubrication is our World! For more information, visit www.klubersolutions.com/wind.

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