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Bearings & Bushes

Mobile app for bearing installation

24th June 2022 A new mobile application (app) has been developed to simplify the process of mounting, installing and replacing bearings. The Bearing Assist app developed by SKF aims to reduce incorrect mounting, installation time and costs while increasing uptime and extending the operating life of bearings, to... 

Improving bearings performance in wind turbine gearboxes

2nd June 2022 SKF has developed a new roller bearing for wind turbine gearboxes that offers bearing rating life that it says is at the forefront of the industry and enables reduction of downtime and maintenance. The company says that its high durability gearbox bearing for wind raises the torque density in... 

Image of new steel and heat treatment improves bearing performance
New steel and heat treatment improves bearing performance

Bearings promote safe food production

26th May 2022 The food and beverage industry is required to comply with stringent regulations to ensure the production of safe food. Companies apply numerous safety practices such as the use of hygienically designed food-grade machines and equipment to help protect food products during the manufacturing and... 

Image of SKF's Food Line ball bearings that are designed to withstand frequent wash-downs with corrosive cleansing agents
SKF's Food Line ball bearings are designed to withstand frequent wash-downs with corrosive cleansing agents

Free advice on bearing maintenance practices

13th May 2022 A new service that provides free issue-specific bearing maintenance advice is now available from SKF. The company utilises a dedicated questionnaire to help customers learn more about bearing maintenance practices, to review and compare practices and to benchmark practices with similar companies... 

Photograph of worker carrying a tool box, to show that SKF provides free issue-specific maintenance advice
SKF provides free issue-specific maintenance advice

Continuous lubrication prevents grease hardening

14th April 2022 Grease hardening is recognised as a significant contributor to the inefficient operation of bearings. As the grease hardens it causes increased friction and heat.  As the heat rises, the grease hardening process continues and the bearing runs hotter than normal, indicating that there is a... 

Image of GreaseMax lubricator that provides continuous lubrication to prevent grease hardening
GreaseMax lubricators provide continuous lubrication to prevent grease hardening

Pump bearings that can withstand extreme heat

31st March 2022 A Turkish geothermal plant plans to install specially designed pump bearings that are manufactured using a material that can withstand high temperature of between 160 ºC to 200 ºC. Geothermal energy, usually associated with hot springs, is heat energy that is transferred from the earth’s core to... 

Image of Vesconite’s Hitemp 160 bearings to be installed in a Turkish geothermal plant
A Turkish geothermal plant will be installing Vesconite’s Hitemp 160 bearings

Bearings keep conveyor moving

24th March 2022 The plain bearings installed on the conveyor chains of a drop-size carrot sorter has continued to work efficiently at South Africa’s largest carrot producer for two years, reports the farm. A drop-size sorter consists of a mainframe with sprockets on each side. A chain runs on the sprockets and a... 

Image of a drop-size carrot sorter, fitted with Vesconite plain bearings
A drop-size carrot sorter, fitted with Vesconite plain bearings

Upgraded roller split bearings offer host of benefits

18th March 2022 A range of roller split bearings have been enhanced to deliver additional cost-, time- and safety-related benefits that aim to optimise machine availability and uptime, reduce operational costs, and increase plant production. SKF announced the upgrade of the Cooper roller split bearings, with the... 

Cooper E-Series roller split bearings from SKF
Cooper E-Series roller split bearings from SKF

Large bearings protected by heavy-duty seals

4th March 2022 A new range of radial shaft seals is said to protect large bearings in demanding applications, as well as being easy to retrofit and available as stock items to allow fast replacement. SKF’s new HFS radial shaft seals protect large bearings from contamination in industries such as metals, mining,... 

Image of SKF’s new HFS radial shaft seals
SKF’s new HFS radial shaft seals protect bearings

Newly designed large-sealed bearings reduce grease consumption

14th January 2022 Newly designed large bearings from SKF have been shown to reduce grease consumption in the bearing by up to 99% and last up to twice as long as conventional open bearings, helping to extend service life and cut costs. The company has extended its range of large bearings for roller presses to... 

Image of newly designed SKF large sealed bearings
Newly designed SKF large sealed bearings

Tough seal ensures longevity of tapered roller bearing

9th December 2021 The performance and product life of a new mounted tapered roller bearing has been extended by pairing it with a superior seal.   SKF explains that adding the robust seal has created a new product that has proven to survive in contaminated environments for more than 600 hours – 10 times longer... 

Image of a new mounted tapered roller bearing that incorporates SKF's CR Seal
The new mounted tapered roller bearing incorporates SKF's CR Seal

Clean bearings and lubricants ensure improved productivity

3rd December 2021 SPONSORED POST (Virtual Showroom) Ensuring bearing and lubricant cleanliness is critical to preventing unnecessary maintenance, plant downtime, productivity losses and increased energy costs. According to leading bearings manufacturer NSK, a particle of just five microns or less (smaller than a... 

Image of GreaseMax lubricators on machinery
GreaseMax lubricators are a solution to poor lubrication practices, improving maintenance and productivity outcomes

Ensuring effective fan bearing lubrication

7th October 2021 SPONSORED POST (Virtual Showroom): Fans are essential components for the effective and efficient functioning of a range of industries. Sectors such as mining, mineral processing, food processing, petrochemical production and office, hotel and shopping mall heating ventilation and air-conditioning... 

Image of GreaseMax that offers a continuous automatic lubrication solution to ensure effective fan bearing lubrication
GreaseMax offers a continuous automatic lubrication solution to ensure effective fan bearing lubrication

Conditioning unit improves lubricant performance

16th September 2021 Premature bearing failures are often caused by incorrect lubrication and contamination. Cleaning lubrication oil and bringing it to the optimum temperature helps to reduce the risk of failure. A plug-and-play unit that cools and filters lubricant as it circulates helps to extend machine service... 

Image of SKF’s Oil Conditioning Unit helps to prolong bearing life by improving lubricant performance
SKF’s Oil Conditioning Unit helps to prolong bearing life by improving lubricant performance

Effective lubrication key to smooth operation of electric motors

10th September 2021 SPONSORED POST (Virtual Showroom): Lubrication improvements are said to significantly increase the reliability of electric motors and premature motor failure can most often be attributed to bearing failure because of inefficient lubrication. Lubricants have a finite lifespan and re-lubrication is... 

Image of GreaseMax automatic lubricator from Delta Distribution
GreaseMax automatic lubricator from Delta Distribution

Polymer bearings support more efficient solar power installations

9th September 2021 Solar panels are designed to track the sun for maximum efficiency and the bearings that facilitate the movement usually require regular maintenance to ensure long-term operation in the harsh, arid and dusty climates where solar farms are traditionally located. A new range of polymer bearings is... 

Image of  a long-life pillow block bearing from igus South Africa
A long-life pillow block bearing from igus South Africa

Correct lubrication essential to ensure longevity of plain bearings

10th August 2021 Plain bearings are renowned for their ability to operate for many years under heavy loads and in extremely harsh operating conditions, with little wear or need for attention, making them a good choice for intense applications. However, to ensure long-term effectiveness it is important to pair... 

Image of a plain bearing
Plain bearings can operate for many years under heavy loads

Polymer bearings promise high precision and rigidity

4th August 2021 A new range of bearings made of high-performance polymer has been developed to ensure precise and easy movements in linear technology. The bearings consist of an aluminium housing and a thin liner, which helps to ensure smooth and quiet operation combined with high rigidity. 

Image of bearings made of iglidur W360 high-performance polymer
Bearings made of iglidur W360 high-performance polymer

Advanced plastics prolong manufacturing equipment life

24th June 2021 Technologically advanced materials have revolutionised many applications in the industrial environment with engineered plastics able to outperform and outlast steel in heavy-duty applications such as bearings, bushes and protective housings. They have also enabled modern manufacturers to develop... 

igus polymers are used for even the toughest applications
igus polymers are used for even the toughest applications

Bearings International

24th June 2021 Industrial solutions provider and distributor Bearings International (BI) has supplied customers with total solutions for 64 years. Its extensive product range includes bearings and seals, chains and sprockets, electric motors and variable speed drives, belts and pulleys, gearboxes and couplings,... 

Bearings International

Super-precision bearings app updated

11th June 2021 An updated application (app) extends access to information on super-precision bearings, allowing users to combine bearings into sets. The super-precision manager app from SKF allows users to scan a code on the product packaging, or on the bearing itself, to access product data, mounting... 

An updated app from SKF extends access to information on super-precision bearings
An updated app from SKF extends access to information on super-precision bearings

Lightweight induction heaters offer optimised performance

2nd June 2021 Small and medium induction heaters from SKF are designed to optimise performance, efficiency and handle-ability, while also delivering time and energy savings. The compact and lightweight design of the induction heaters combines high heating capac­ity with convenient portability. The small TIH... 

The SKF TIH 100m induction heater
The SKF TIH 100m induction heater

Enhanced bearings solution to improve safety and reduce mine downtime

30th April 2021 A specially designed spherical roller bearing (SRB) solution has been specifically devised for a leading South African coal producer to replace an obsolete unit on one of its bucket wheel feeders. The solution was created to improve worker safety and deliver cost savings for the company. “The... 

SKF Cooper split spherical roller bearing solution delivers safety and cost advantages
SKF Cooper split spherical roller bearing solution delivers safety and cost advantages

Food-line ball bearings feature hygienic design

23rd April 2021 A range of food-line ball bearing units that include hygienically designed components, offer improved reliability, reduced maintenance costs and increased sustainability for food and beverage companies. Bacterial contamination and undeclared allergens are said to represent the majority of causes... 

SKF’s Blue Range of food-line ball bearings
SKF’s Blue Range of food-line ball bearings

Bearing dismounting simplified with internal bearing puller kits

4th November 2020 Internal bearing puller kits designed for dismounting of bearings from housings in applications where the fit is on the outer ring, offer safe, hassle-free bearing dismount. Manufactured from high strength materials to help ensure optimum robustness and durability, the SKF TMIP and TMIC series of... 

The new SKF TMIP 7-60 internal bearing puller
The new SKF TMIP 7-60 internal bearing puller

New mobile app simplifies bearing mounting

27th August 2020 A new mobile tool aims to simplify the process of mounting and installing bearings and is designed so that it can be used by everyone in a maintenance organisation. The application (app) is said to be suitable for use by all engineering and maintenance teams to help minimise the problems of... 

SKF Bearing Assist app enables quick, correct and easy mounting of bearings
SKF Bearing Assist app enables quick, correct and easy mounting of bearings

Load sensing bearings designed to speed up product development

14th February 2020 Load sensing bearings with fibre optic sensors allow designers to analyse and measure bearing loads in real-time, helping to accelerate the design cycle. The bearings are interchangeable with conventional bearings and offer a number of benefits to designers and test engineers, including: 

Single source supplier of power transmission solutions

23rd January 2020 End-to-end power transmission requirements for various types of applications in industries such as agriculture, sugar, cement, coal and minerals processing, are readily available from a single-source supplier. A range of conveyor chains, belt drives, wedge belts, standard and specialist... 

SKF South Africa (Pty) Limited

15th November 2019 SKF established its roots in South Africa over 100 years ago and is today a specialist supplier of bearings, engineering and rotating technology to mining and industry across southern Africa.  

BMG

15th November 2019 BMG carries a wide range of bearings suitable for industrial and commercial applications. Industrial bearing supply options include roller, ball, clip, and sleeve bearings, as well as rotary shaft seals, slewing rings and wear sleeves. All available in various materials, sizes, and types.... 

BMG

Bearings International

14th November 2019 Part of the Hudaco Group of companies, BI is a leading distributor of bearings and power transmission products in Southern Africa, with over 60 years’ experience. BI offers quality solutions that optimise plant availability and turnaround time. Backed by an elite technical team, BI covers the... 

Bearings International

Sealing solutions for wheel end maintenance

31st October 2019 According to industry estimates, up to 90% of premature wheel bearing failures are a result of incorrect seal installation and subsequent leakage of lubricant. A seal formulated from hydrogenated nitrile butadiene rubber (HNBR) elastomeric material is now available. It has stated high temperature... 

Silent ball bearings improve confidence

24th October 2019 A series of super-precision angular contact ball bearings (ACBBs) for the production of grease-lubricated spindles has been unveiled. The bearings were developed in response to issues faced by manufacturers of machine tool spindles. Manufacturers noted that minimising noise and vibration levels... 

Ceramic bearings revolutionise MVR fans

24th October 2019 A new range of mechanical vapor recompression (MVR) fans with ceramic hybrid bearings that promise a long operational lifespan, are now available. The fans are said to integrate the latest ventilation technologies, with the promise of improved performance efficiency, reduced maintenance and... 

Online store for 3D printer bushings opens

6th August 2019 A three-dimensional (3D) printer bushings Web store has recently been launched. The store stocks specialised 3D printer bushings for many commonplace 3D models. The dedicated Web store has been established to deal with the growing demand for online purchases of these products. 

Hygienic food-line ball bearings rolled out

21st May 2019 A new range of food-line ball bearing units has been launched. The hygienically designed components are intended for use in food-processing equipment, as an important element of a proactive approach to food safety. Since 2012 the food and beverage industry has seen a significant increase in units... 

Bearing Man Group (Pty) Ltd T/A BMG

6th November 2018 BMG is Africa’s leading distributor of engineering components, including bearings, seals, power transmission components, drives & motors, materials handling, fasteners & tools, hydraulics, pneumatics, filtration, lubrication & valves. Our vast range of products is backed by technical experts who... 

Bearing Man Group (Pty) Ltd T/A BMG
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