Heavy industrial applications are the main focus behind SKF’s (www.skf.com) new series of energy-efficient deep groove ball and tapered roller bearings. A complete rethinking of the geometry, reengineering of the polymer cage and grease used are the leading contributors helping these bearings achieve maximum energy consumption reductions of upwards of 30% without sacrificing operational life, depending on application.
SKF focused on large deep groove ball and tapered roller bearing markets because “they are the most popularly used bearings in the world and they are mostly used in the industrial side, which is a big part where energy usage is,” says Tom Johnstone, President and CEO of SKF. Designed originally for use in wind-turbine gearboxes, the bearings comply with standardized ISO dimensions for a number of applications, including industrial electric motors, hydraulic pumps, industrial transmissions, and marine transmissions. The bearings comply with standardized ISO dimensions for a number of applications. Johnstone says SKF plans to offer the energy-efficient bearings in non-industrial application sizes in the near future.—KMK