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SKF acquires spindle repair firm

Kulpsville, PA -- In a move that strengthens SKF's value-added spindle repair competence, the company's subsidiary,...


September 11, 2006
By MRO Magazine

Kulpsville, PA — In a move that strengthens SKF’s value-added spindle repair competence, the company’s subsidiary, SKF USA Inc., has acquired Precision Balancing & Analyzing (PB&A) of Mentor, Ohio. Along with a facility in Atlanta, Ga.,
PB&A has 40 employees with annual sales of US$7 million.

PB&A’s capabilities include the repair and upgrading of spindle mechanisms, including anti-friction spindle ball or roller bearing, as well as belt-driven or motorized, standard or high-frequency units from most spindle manufacturers.

PB&A’s product line complements SKF Precision Technologies spindle repair operations in Grafton, Wis. and Armada, Mich. The acquisition equips SKF with a geographically expanded spindle service presence. This improves local business relationships and logistics with design and maintenance managers in machine tool, automotive and other industries where manufacturing procedures call for precision milling, drilling, boring or grinding.

PB&A was founded in 1960 to provide customers with high quality, state of the art spindle reconditioning services, which include spindle repair, spindle upgrading and modifications, application engineering and support, and balancing and vibration analysis of the complete assemblies and components.


The Spindle Service facilities in the United States are part of the global certified Spindle Service network. With this acquisition, SKF expands its network from 15 to 17 service centres covering most industrialized manufacturing areas worldwide.

The PB&A acquisition reinforces SKF’s commitment to provide customer solutions from five technology platforms: bearings and units, seals, mechatronics, services and lubrication systems.

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