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SKF to unveil first BeyondZero solutions for rail at InnoTrans 2014

23 September 2014  •  Author: SKF

SKF will be showing rail customers how its solutions further the reduction of energy use at this year’s InnoTrans trade fair in Berlin, September 23-26. A selection of SKFs current railway offers will be featured, including the first BeyondZero solutions for the sector: the SKF Low Frication Railway Bearing Seal, the SKF Low Weight Railway End Cap and SKF railway wheelset bearing remanufacturing services.

All of these products and services display SKFs commitment to reducing energy use in the railway industry.  Rail has always been a ‘green’ mode of transport, but these solutions from SKFs BeyondZero portfolio take environmental performance a step further.  These SKF BeyondZero solutions are designed to help reduce CO2 emissions, preserve limited resources and protect the environment from the use and spread of toxic substances.

The three SKF BeyondZero portfolio products are:

SKF Low Friction Railway Bearing Seal

Based on extensive research and development, the SKF Low Friction Railway Bearing Seal used with the SKF CTBU (Compact Tapered Roller Bearing Unit) will reduce frictional moment and wear.  When compared with SKF CTBUs equipped with the previous generation of seals this new generation seal reduces bearing friction torque by 13%. This represents a significant reduction in friction leading to lower power losses and a reduction in the energy used by trains. 

SKF Low Weight Railway End Cap

By optimizing the geometry of a previous generation end cap, SKF engineers have reduced its weight by up to 37%. The result is the SKF Low Weight Railway End Cap – a railway bearing end cap that weighs just 3,76 kg. Its optimized design, featuring a water tight end cap to prevent water ingress, boosts rail fleet energy efficiency and reduces environmental impact.

SKF Railway Wheelset Bearing Remanufacturing services

Bearings remanufactured or reconditioned by SKF offer up to 55% cost savings compared to new bearings. SKF railway wheelset bearing remanufacturing

services are performed by SKF on a variety of railway bearing unit types according to SKF specifications. Remanufactured bearings from SKF offer comparable performance to new bearings but at a significantly lower cost.

Visitors to InnoTrans will find SKF in Hall 22A, Booth 606

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