New designed large bearings from SKF used in applications such as mining machinery reduce grease consumption in the bearing up to 99% and last up to twice as long as conventional open bearings — extending service life and cutting costs.
SKF has extended its range of large bearings for roller presses, with a sealed version that prolongs service life.
Its Explorer spherical roller bearings (SRBs) in the 241 series are now available up to 1250mm bore. This series and sizes are commonly used in high-pressure grinding rolls (HPGRs) in cement and mining industries.
“Using sealed bearings is the best way to increase mean time between failures,” says Daniel Ortega, Product Line Manager for Sealed SRBs at SKF. “It is a long-term investment that increases machine availability and reliability.
The new version — which is sealed on both sides — offers up to double the lifetime of an open bearing and has shown in tests that it reduces grease consumption up to 99%. In a high-pressure grinding roll, four large spherical roller bearings are usually used. During a maintenance interval of three months, normally 540 kg of grease is used for certain sizes. With SKF sealed Explorer spherical roller bearings, only seven kg of grease is needed during the same interval which reduces both cost and environmental impact.
In addition, the sealed SRB can be remanufactured twice, which further extends service life. This raises productivity and machine availability while lowering total cost of ownership.
The new bearing has been redesigned to have a higher load-carrying capacity. Bearings with a bore diameter below 1000 mm have an HNBR seal that is retained by a snap ring. Larger bearings use a G-ECOPUR seal that is bolted to the bearing’s outer ring.
The sealed bearing can be used on its own, or as part of an SKF three-barrier solution. Typical end-use applications include the mining, mineral processing, and cement industries
Roller press bearings often wear out because ineffective sealing leads to lubricant contamination. The sealed bearings overcome this problem – and this delivers several advantages:
Firstly, bearing failure relates to more maintenance interventions – which carries a higher risk of accident and injury and expensive shutdowns.
The new design also offers a maintenance benefit. Rather than stopping production for preventive maintenance of the bearing, the wear of the roller press roller determines when a service is needed.
The bearings are available with short delivery times — even in the largest sizes.