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SKF plain bearings reduce CO2 emissions and total cost of ownership

28 May 2013

SKF has introduced a range of Extended Life spherical plain bearings and rod ends for heavy-duty agricultural and construction machinery applications.

Part of the SKF BeyondZero portfolio, these bearings are virtually maintenance-free as they do not need to be re-lubricated.

SKF claims that a single bearing with a 100mm bore can save up to 876g of grease per year. A tractor with six bearings of this type and size can save up to 5.2kg of grease per year. This translates into a savings of 7.7kg of CO2e per year (calculations based on grease savings and not including the 37 percent reduction in frictional losses).

The bearings are equipped with heavy-duty triple lip seals which are the key to reducing total cost of ownership. These seals virtually eliminate the ingress of contaminants and the resulting poor lubrication condition that causes premature bearing failure.

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