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SKF reduces energy consumption by 30% on new bearing family

Gothenburg, Sweden -- SKF announced during its 100th anniversary jubilee Feb. 16, 2007, that it has developed a new...


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March 2, 2007
By MRO Magazine
MRO Magazine

Gothenburg, Sweden — SKF announced during its 100th anniversary jubilee Feb. 16, 2007, that it has developed a new family of bearings that reduce energy consumption by at least 30% compared to standard ISO products.

The new bearing family comprises the two bearing types that are the most used bearings in the world, deep groove ball bearings and tapered roller bearings. With this innovation, SKF is now presenting a new technical solution that will provide the world’s industry with the possibility to substantially increase its energy savings.

“This new family of bearings is the result of a focused effort from the SKF organizations to develop a new bearing family that, while maintaining the service life and load-carrying capacity of standard ISO bearings, will substantially reduce the energy consumption”, says Tom Johnstone, president and CEO of SKF.

“Starting with the most used bearings in the world, we ensure that our solution can be used in most machines in most industries around the world. That way, we provide the possibility of reducing the world’s energy consumption and also reducing customer’s energy costs”, Johnstone continued.

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Manufacturing will start in the second half of 2007.

Established in 1907, SKF is a leading global supplier of bearing and elastomeric products, solutions and related services, as well as linear motion and lubrication technologies. Headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden, with technology centers in the Netherlands, Italy and the United States, SKF is a partner to original equipment manufacturers and a major supplier to the automotive, aerospace, heavy-duty/off-highway, marine and other industries.

SKF is marking its 100th anniversary throughout 2007 with various activities taking place around the world. For more information about SKF and its 100 Year Jubilee, visit www.vsm.skf.ca, or e-mail marketing@skf.ca.

Additional technical information on the new bearings will be reported in the April 2007 issue of Machinery & Equipment MRO magazine.