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One Bearing Unit Replaces Four Components



Special bearing unit from NKE reduces costs for agricultural machine manufacturer
Steyr, Austria, October 2007. Bearing manufacturer NKE Austria has developed a special bearing unit for a cutter tine rotor of a power harrow for the agricultural machinery manufacturer Lemken. The new bearing unit replaces four separate components to reduce spares stock, simplify purchasing, storage, and installation, and to cut total production costs.

The Lemken's Zirkon 10 power harrow was previously designed with a standard deep groove ball bearing. A radial oil seal running on the inner race of a needle roller bearing and a felt seal in a metal housing were arranged next to the deep groove ball bearing. Each of these four components had to be handled and fitted separately. The objective of the new design was to reduce the costs.

NKE proposed a unit in which the external seals were already integrated in the bearing. Based on a standard deep groove ball bearing 6212, the resulting bearing features an RS synthetic rubber seal on one side, a radial oil seal between the outer and inner races as well as a felt seal with a metal cap on the other. The design changes required from Lemken were minimal: only one snap ring groove had to be relocated. Thanks to the new design, only a single part has to be purchased and fitted now instead of the four components previously required.

The special bearing was developed by NKE in cooperation with Lemken's design engineers. Before its use in serial production, a sample batch was field tested for about a year.

Lemken's managing director Dr. Franz-Georg von Busse commented on the cooperation with NKE: "We appreciate the expertise and competence of our contacts at NKE, their flexibility in dealing with fluctuating demand and solving technical problems and not least the good price/performance ratio."

NKE's bearing solutions for Lemken and other agricultural machine manufacturers are designed to withstand the adverse conditions - mud, rain, dust, impact loads and corrosion - to which these machines are routinely subjected.

Company information about Lemken:
A manufacturer of agricultural machinery for soil cultivation, sowing and pest management, Lemken GmbH & Co. KG employs about 650 people. The family-run company - now in its sixth and seventh generation - is based in Germany. With a production volume of nearly 9,000 machines per year, Lemken's turnover for 2006 was 138 million euros. Its market share in Germany of more than 35 percent for rotary ploughs and grubbers makes Lemken a leading European manufacturer of agricultural machinery.

Internet: www.lemken.com

Company information about NKE Austria:
NKE Austria GmbH is a bearing manufacturer with headquarters in Steyr, Austria. Founded in 1996 by a group of senior staff members of former company Steyr Wälzlager, NKE offers both standard and special bearings for all industrial applications. NKE's core functions - engineering, product development, final processing of components, assembly, quality assurance, logistics, and sales and marketing - are centralized at its Steyr headquarters. The site is accredited to ISO 9001:2000 (design, development, production and distribution of bearings) and ISO 14001:2004. Its wide range of standard bearings is available from stock or at short production lead-times. It also provides tailored products and solutions. In addition to product and application development, NKE also provides a full range of technical services, consulting, documentation and training. NKE's products are distributed through 15 international representative offices and more than 240 distribution outlets in 60 countries.

Contact in the USA:
NKE AUSTRIA GmbH, US representative office
Mr. Dick Scott
20 Barney Road
P.O. Box 5255 Clifton Park
New York 12065 Tel:
518 371 5759 Fax: 518 383 6487

Contact in Austria:
NKE AUSTRIA GmbH
Ms. Janet Mo, Marketing
Ennser Str. 41a
A-4407 Steyr-Gleink, Austria
Tel: +43 7252 8666 7345
Fax: +43 7252 8666 759
E-mail: j.mo@nke.at
Internet: www.nke.at

PR Contact:
TPR International
Ms. Christiane Tupac-Yupanqui
Hermann-Lons-Weg 57
D-69207 Sandhausen, Germany
Tel: +49 (0)6224 172751
Fax: +49 (0)6224 172752
E-mail: c.tupac@tradepressrelations.com
Internet: www.tradepressrelations.com

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