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SKF Seizes Counterfeit Bearings in West Yorkshire Raid

21-Mar-2017 18:15:45

SKF has participated in a raid against a company trading counterfeit bearings in the West Yorkshire area.

A raid, led by members of the West Yorkshire Trading Standards authority alongside staff from SKF's Brand Protection Team, has resulted in the seizure of counterfeit bearings which otherwise could have been sold on to unsuspecting industrial customers and end-users. Several thousands of bearings, of more than170 different types and sizes were seized, with an estimated total weight of 1.5 tons. A wide range of products was seized, including items used in automotive applications as well as industrial machinery.

During the raid, SKF learned that counterfeit goods had been sold on to many customers in the UK by the non-authorised distributor. Bearings from other brands, allegedly sourced from the same suppliers as the counterfeit SKF products, are also suspected to be non-genuine.
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Topics: News, Bearings

Lasts Longer Than Long-Life Milk

09-Feb-2017 08:30:30

How do you ensure as long a life as possible for a bearing?

That’s simple: with lubrication. But what if the bearings are located in an inaccessible area of your plant, and lubrication is impossible?

Not so simple. That was the problem faced by a UK-based milk processor, who asked NSK to deliver a solution to their doorstep.

Because bearings on one of the plant’s principal conveyors were inaccessible, they failed repeatedly and regularly, through lack of lubrication.

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Topics: News, Best Practice, Bearings, Efficiency, Lubrication

ULTAGE Super Precision Bearings to be Produced in Europe

02-Feb-2017 07:42:17

NTN-SNR is investing nearly 7.6 million euros in its plant in Mettmann (Germany) to manufacture its first premium range of spindle bearings for machine tools, starting in 2017. A first in Europe.

Japan will no longer be the only country producing the ULTAGE Super Precision range. NTN-SNR is adapting its plant in Mettman, Germany, to produce its premium range of spindle bearings for machine tools starting in 2017.

These bearings are the fruit of NTN’s historic expertise “Setting up industrial facilities in Europe will allow us to handle the demands of the local market more
efficiently,” said Francis Travostino, Head of NTN-SNR’s Spindle 2017 Project.

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Topics: News, Bearings, Efficiency

Bearing Secrets Every Engineer Should Know

06-Dec-2016 09:06:12

As some bearings fail or cause trouble prematurely, it is vital to be able to identify and predict failure beforehand so that preventive measures can be taken.

Most engineers assume there is very little that can go wrong with rolling bearings. The stark reality, however, is that there are a myriad of potential failure modes that can occur. To list but a few, these include:

  • Flaking, peeling, scoring, smearing
  • Fracture, cracks, cage damage, denting
  • Pitting, wear, fretting, false brinelling
  • Creep, seizure, electrical corrosion, rust
  • Mounting flaws, discoloration
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Topics: News, Best Practice, Bearings, Efficiency, Lubrication, TCO

NSK unveils AIP+ Added Value Programme

02-Aug-2016 12:13:27

To help ensure the optimised and profitable operation of machinery and equipment, NSK has introduced its AIP+ Added Value Programme.

Designed to deliver a complete bearing care package, AIP+ uses a quartet of innovative maintenance and service tools – condition monitoring, mounting tools, laser alignment and lubrication solutions – which have been carefully developed to help maximise machine performance and operating life.

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Topics: News, Innovation, Best Practice, Condition Monitoring, Bearings, Efficiency, Lubrication, TCO

How SKF Lengthens Bearing Service Life by the Power of 3

13-Jul-2016 09:16:32

In the highly contaminated, dusty, dirty operating environment of a mine or quarry, machinery has a hard life. But even here, the power of the SKF three-barrier solution – combined with the new SKF Taconite seal – has been proven to lengthen equipment service life by up to three times.

Quarry, coal, cement and other mineral dust isn’t just dust. It’s highly abrasive dust. Abrasive dust that can find its way into machinery, and mix with the lubricant inside to accelerate the wear and failure of bearings, seals, gears, couplings and other rotating parts. The low operating speeds and high loads of conveyors – and the sometimes high temperature environments – only make the problem worse.

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Topics: Innovation, Best Practice

Making Shock (Loads) Less Shocking

28-Jun-2016 15:34:12

If you find yourself replacing your bearing housings as often as you replace your bearings, you have a crisis on your hands. The usual ratio of housing to bearing swaps is 1:3, so replacing housings more frequently is a sure sign there’s something wrong.

In quarrying and mining applications in particular, bearings have a hard life. Conveyors and crushers often experience high levels of shock loads and, as the name suggests, vibration screens vibrate. So it’s essential to choose a bearing and housing which can take the punishment without failing prematurely.

Identify the cause of the bearing failure, and choose the most appropriate solution for the application, and you can extend bearing life, reduce downtime, and cut the cost of replacement parts and lost production.

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Topics: News, Best Practice, Bearings, Quarrying and MIning, Split Roller Bearings

Dispelling the myths surrounding linear guidance systems

25-May-2016 06:39:53

Selecting the right linear guidance system for an application can be a daunting task. 

Many engineers are comfortable with rotary bearing technology and view linear as complicated and over engineered with complex maintenance requirements.

Here, Schaeffler dispels the common myths about linear bearing technology:

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Topics: Best Practice, Bearings

Reduce Costs by €80,000 Per Year

16-May-2016 08:55:13

If you were asked to identify one of the most critical factors in maintaining efficient and cost-effective materials handling equipment, what would your first answer be?

Probably not the service life of the bearings. But the direct relationship between the life of a bearing and production uptime means it can have significant cost implications – as a large UK confectionery manufacturer discovered.

The manufacturer was facing rapidly rising costs from repeated failures of their dip tank conveyor nose roller. Occurring roughly every seven weeks, the failure was causing frequent unplanned machine downtime, together with extended maintenance requirements.

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Topics: News, Best Practice, Bearings, Savings, Sealing, Food Industry

Top 10 Tips for Maximising Bearing Service Life

18-Jan-2016 07:49:57

Although every bearing has a pre-calculated service life, research has shown that two thirds fall short of their potential lifecycle.

Here Stephen Finch, product engineer for bearings at ERIKS, offers a ten point plan to help customers get the most from their bearings.

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Topics: News, Best Practice, Condition Monitoring, Bearings, Efficiency, Lubrication

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