To address customer needs for improved bearing field performance, SKF has launched 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 optimisation 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 optimised 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," Helene Richmond, head of SKF product lines, said. "They face unique and challenging application conditions and with these optimised 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."
As a 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 with 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 characterised 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.