Minimising friction and noise are key attributes in any environment, and with this is mind Schaeffler is continuously improving its ball bearing range
Schaeffler’s Generation C (Gen C) Deep Groove Ball bearing range has been developed to achieve two primary goals: reduce grease loss and offer better protection against contamination. Extending the grease operating life also extends the operating life of the bearing, and the company states that its Gen C bearings offer 35% less friction than their predecessor. Further, they are also said to cut noise levels by 50%, achieved through the use of high quality balls and a noise-optimised cage.
These characteristics can be attributed to numerous improvements to the raceways in terms of roundness, waviness, roughness and tighter manufacturing tolerances says Schaeffler, mindful that reduced friction leads to lower energy costs during operation.
This means a more efficient motor too, resulting in reduced energy consumption. These design improvements mean that the bearings can achieve higher running speeds whilst simultaneously increasing the life of the bearing. Schaeffler says that the bearings are therefore well suited to applications in which low noise and smooth running are deemed critical.
Reduced friction levels and improved energy efficiency from the bearings results in reduced running costs for plant operators and a more efficient machine with extended maintenance intervals. As you know some environments mean the bearings are exposed to severe contamination and ingress of water which can lead to early bearing failures, in turn leading to shorter service intervals, resulting in higher cost of ownership for end users. Having a bearing which is optimised for harsh operating conditions is the ideal scenario.
Schaeffler affirms that its Generation C Deep Groove ball bearings are optimised for use in harsh conditions, for example where contaminant or water ingress are possible, and they deliver less friction and a longer operating life while retaining as much grease as possible in the bearing - particularly at high rotating speeds where the frictional torque is reduced, leading to improved efficiency.
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