Company to highlight a range of products designed to increase uptime and reduce maintenance costs
At Hillhead 2018, SKF will highlight a range of products, services and technologies designed to increase uptime and reduce maintenance costs for quarry and construction plant operators.
Sealed SKF Explorer spherical roller bearings, a product synonymous with SKF, will feature prominently on the stand (F2). Designed to operate in extremely dusty and mechanically arduous conditions, this bearing type has been upgraded to a new level of performance.
Featuring a combination of high-quality steel and an improved heat treatment, the bearings deliver improved performance under contaminated or poor lubrication conditions. The upgraded bearings are well suited to quarrying operations, which are often subject to high levels of mechanical vibration and shock, particulate contamination and/or poor lubrication regimes.
Visitors to the stand will also experience the ultimate in contaminant protection – the SKF Three-Barrier solution. Incorporating a standard SNL housing, a sealed SKF Explorer spherical roller bearing, labyrinth S-seals (or SKF Taconite seals for ultimate protection) and SKF biodegradable bearing grease LGGB 2 in the housing, which acts as a contamination barrier, this housed bearing unit delivers consistently higher performance over the longer term in challenging contaminated environments, compared with that of competing products.
Among the other market-leading bearing developments on display will be solutions specifically introduced to reduce machinery repair times. These include examples from the SKF Cooper split bearings range, which feature a ‘split-to-the-shaft’ design that allows bearings to be more easily removed from so-called ‘trapped’ applications (difficult-to-access locations in machinery that would otherwise require the dismantling of large components), saving both time and money for the quarry operator.
Also, being demonstrated for the first time at Hillhead will be two new condition-monitoring solutions. SKF QuickCollect (pictured) is an easy to use, Bluetooth-enabled, hand-held sensor that connects to apps that work with both iOS and Android tablets and smartphones. Combining vibration and temperature sensing, overall data can be viewed on the spot in real time or pushed to the cloud for future analysis.
The SKF Multilog online system IMx-8 provides a complete system for early fault detection. This compact device offers eight analogue and two digital channels, with connectivity to mobile devices as well as laptops for easy configuration and monitoring. Machine intelligence data will help operators to avoid unplanned downtime and schedule maintenance proactively, prolonging machine availability whilst minimizing maintenance and repair costs.
SKF product and technical specialists will be on stand F2 to provide advice on the deployment and utilization of the complete range of solutions developed for the quarrying and construction sectors to maximize plant availability through improved asset reliability.