How Housing Kits Can Boost Bearings

Posted by  Peter Townsend 19-Oct-2016 07:36:49

Peter is the Bearings Product Manager for the ERIKS Bearings Product Business Unit based in Halesowen.

SKF-Bearing-Housing.jpgThe all-in-one SKF Housing Kit, with pre-matched components, simplifies the process of developing a bearing system.

Rotating components, such as bearings, must be protected if they are to enjoy long, productive lives. A proven way of doing this is to use bearing housings – modular assemblies that streamline bearing and shaft installation while boosting protection, extending operating life and simplifying maintenance.

However, researching and ordering the component parts of a bearing housing unit can eat up time and money. Bearing housings are available in many sizes and categories – and that’s just the standard range. Any non-standard designs – which might include special shaft centre heights, or unusual sealing arrangements – add further complexity.

SKF-Bearing-Hosuings-1.jpgHappily, this tricky process can be sidestepped with an SKF Housing Kit. In a single package, it provides all the necessary components to create a bearing system: an SKF Explorer spherical roller bearing, a plummer block housing, and housing seals – plus locating rings and an end cover.

Kits like this help to relieve the customer of a lot of the design effort, as they contain high quality components that are pre-matched by SKF according to the specific application: the SKF Explorer spherical roller bearing has a high load-carrying capacity – both radially and axially – and is made from wear-resistant bearing material; and, the plummer block housing has good heat dissipation and is designed for simple mounting and dismounting.

The kit also includes a full set of housing seals and an end cover, for when the housing needs to be placed at the end of the shaft. Kits are available with either four-lip or V-ring seals. For bearings with a tapered bore, the kit includes an adapter sleeve complete with a lock nut and lock washer.

Quite separate to the engineering advantages, the SKF Housing Kit offers huge savings in time and cost, an easier ordering process and reduced inventory.


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