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Driving the green revolution

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Now that the dust has settled on the COP21 meeting held in Paris in late 2015, it’s time to roll up our sleeves and plot a way forward, says Rob Jenkinson, Director of Corporate Sustainability at SKF, who shares his personal views on sustainability and the impact the COP21 will have on the industry

While politicians, diplomats and other high-ranking dignitaries have made promises and commitments, and agreed challenging targets, it is industry that will do the spadework by putting many of these commitments into practice – from improving energy efficiency to investing in low carbon technologies.

Industry will play a massive role in transforming our carbon-based world – that is wasteful with energy – into one that generates energy without any greenhouse gases, while using it much more efficiently.

It will require investment, and commitment, with innovation driving the growth of both new and established technologies. It will encompass everything from system changes – such as renewable energy sources and electric vehicles – to lower level operational improvements, such as more efficient pumps and motors, and better maintenance and reliability. As engineers, we love a challenge – so will be leading from the front on this.

This is not to belittle the contribution of government. The Paris meeting was an important milestone, in that so many nations reached an agreement to restrict future temperature rises to less than 2 degrees C. Now, with an agreement in place, these governments must enact sensible and challenging legislation – with appropriate incentives and penalties – that underpins the effort to reduce carbon emissions.

Legislation is a crucial driver for sustainability. The European automotive industry, for example, has slashed carbon emissions – mainly because tough legislation demands this. In similar ways, the stimulus of feed-in tariffs for solar or wind energy, and increasingly stringent emissions legislation were also vital in moving the sustainability agenda forward.

While the Paris meeting was an overall success, they didn’t get everything right: the agreements could have been legally binding and they could have done much more to put a global carbon pricing market in place.

I think that a globally connected set of carbon markets is an absolute necessity for the future – and is a distinct possibility. For now, we have isolated and poorly functioning carbon pricing schemes in different regions. Fixing them and hooking them together would help ensure that there is a level playing field for everybody and accelerate the rate of change An effective and sufficient global carbon price could make many things possible – including carbon capture and storage, which could avoid carbon emissions from combustion by storing  them  deep underground where it cannot contribute to climate change.

In reality, there is no single solution to the problem of climate change – so we need to work on many fronts at the same time.

Agreeing to a massive cut in emissions, as was achieved in Paris, may seem to be a nightmare for industry. It is actually an opportunity – tempered by risk – that will require a fundamental shift in thinking.

Look at the hard savings that can be gained from introducing energy efficiency measures; or at the top-line growth of companies that understand this – such as Tesla.

There are generally four types of company when it comes to climate change: those who do and say nothing – though, among larger companies, this is fast disappearing; those who say something but do very little – which might work as PR in the short-term, but ends up being more costly in the long run; those that are genuinely committed to carbon saving and energy efficiency – but restrict this to their own operations; and those for whom sustainability stretches beyond their own organisation.

At SKF, we try as hard as we can to be in this fourth category with BeyondZero as the strategic framework with which we drive and communicate all the various initiatives needed to do this. BeyondZero addresses both the opportunity to reduce carbon and cost related to our own operations and those of our suppliers, logistics etc. At the same time bringing more and more innovative solutions to our customers that help them (and society) do the same. For example, we work with our suppliers to drive improved energy efficiency, in an attempt to shrink not only the footprint of our direct operations but also up the value chain.

Within our own operations we have had a relentless focus on energy efficiency: between 2006 and 2014, we slashed total energy use by 16%, while growing our business by more than 34%. Yes, it’s part of our BeyondZero pledge to reduce our footprint – but it has saved us the equivalent of SEK200m each year. That’s a real example to dispel the myth that sustainability always goes hand in hand with higher costs.

Of course, the endgame is a full-scale transition away from fossil fuels – especially coal – and towards a ‘low carbon’ economy that sees low carbon and renewable energy sources gradually take over. It will take time – 20 or 30 years at least – but we need to start that journey now, and deliver the reductions needed in the short-to-medium term. We can do this by rapidly increasing the efficiency with which we use energy in industry and society – and there are already many ways to do this.

Variable speed drives can reduce the energy consumption of a motor by around 30%. Fifteen or 20 years ago, VSDs were seen as a luxury. Now, they are widely used and are delivering lower energy bills for large swathes of the manufacturing sector. Companies that have bought VSDs are saving on their electricity bills – and are prepared for ever-tightening legislation, as they are working ahead of the curve on sustainability.

Another example would be to switch standard ball bearings to the E2 (energy efficient) equivalents. The reason is simple: friction. E2 bearings have been redesigned to reduce friction while maintaining life and can cut bearing losses by 30%. Multiply this across the industry and you have lower electricity bills. When lots of apparently small actions like this combined  it can have a very large effect.

The manufacturing industry will be at the forefront of making and enabling these kinds of practical changes. If the transformation is to take place with sufficient scale and speed, industry must see a value to making these changes, and recognise the risk of standing still. If companies want to be part of the transformation – and profit from it, rather than suffer by it – they need to act now.

* To be included in the BeyondZero portfolio, SKF products, services and solutions must be demonstrated to deliver significant environmental benefits to the customer, without significant environmental trade-offs elsewhere in the product life cycle.

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New Alfa Romeo Giulia rolls on SKF hub bearing units

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SKF supplies wheel hub bearing units for FCA’s newly launched Alfa Romeo Giulia

Gothenburg, Sweden, 27 September 2016: The SKF HBU3 units selected for the FCA’s recently launched Alfa Romeo Giulia offer a range of compelling advantages over conventional wheel bearing designs. These include faster, more straightforward assembly and a longer service life. Bearing preload is set during the manufacture of the units, minimizing clearance and guaranteeing exceptionally low levels of noise and vibration.

Beyond improved reliability, drivers will benefit from improved ride and handling, especially in corners, thanks to the high stiffness imparted by SKF’s HBU3 raceway geometry.

Stephane Le Mounier, President, SKF Automotive Market, says, “FCA is a strategic partner for SKF and we are proud to be a supplier for their new Giorgio platform, to which Alfa Romeo now will launch a series of car models. The SKF wheel bearings have been designed to support the offered driving pleasure with the new Giulia. Our long and close cooperation has a strong foundation to where we build value together for the car owners. We do it with a focus to reduce friction and weight for minimizing the impact on the environment. Sustainability is a strong driver for both our companies.”

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SKF at IZB: helping the automotive industry meet the challenges of electric powertrains

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Advanced materials, deep application expertise and innovative component designs support the development of new electric and hybrid powertrains

Gothenburg, Sweden, 23 September 2016: At the International Suppliers fair (IZB) in Wolfsburg, Germany from 18 to 20 October 2016, SKF will showcase a range of solutions developed to meet the demands of automotive electric powertrains.

Pure electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrid vehicles are reaching the automotive mainstream. By 2020, higher production volumes and technological advances will mean electric vehicles are likely to be cost-competitive with their gasoline equivalents. By 2040, electric vehicles may account for 35 per cent of new car sales1.

For the industry, the electrification of automotive powertrains represents the biggest technological shift for a generation. Expertise from SKF is helping leading automotive OEMs and suppliers tackle many of the challenges they are encountering along the way.

SKF eDrive ball bearings, for example, have been developed specifically to address the need for consistently low friction, high speed and high power density in EV and hybrid vehicle electric machines. The bearings use the SKF-patented energy efficient E2 polymer cage, optimized raceway geometry, and a validated long life, wide temperature grease. Combined, these advanced design features help enable longer drive system service life and extend battery range.

Hybrid bearings, which combine steel rings with rolling elements made of bearing grade silicon nitride, have a number of advantages in EV applications. In addition to a longer service life and improved resistance to vibration, these bearings also have excellent electrical insulation characteristics, protecting drivetrain components from damage caused by stray electrical currents.

SKF has also developed a range of bearing units with integrated sensors that simplify assembly and improve reliability in electric powertrain applications. SKF Rotor Positioning Sensor-Bearing Units, for example, use a patented design that allows very precise management of the sensor-bearing unit air gap. As a result, the units are insensitive to severe magnetic field disturbances, and can withstand application vibration and continuous temperatures up to 150°C.

SKF EV and hybrid vehicle solutions can be fully customized to suit the needs of specific customer vehicle and powertrain programs, and SKF’s experienced application engineers are able to offer intensive support from initial development through to series production.

1http://www.bloomberg.com/features/2016-ev-oil-crisis/

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SKF at SMM 2016 | Book a meeting with the Greek team

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Simplify with SKF Marine

Visit us at SMM Hamburg  6-9 September • Hall A1, Booth 210

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Dear customers and partners,

Once again we invite you to join us for a lively exchange of experience at the leading international maritime trade fair, the SMM 2016. Our theme for this year is Simplify with SKF Marine.

Diverse requirements? Perfect product solutions!
Global technical support? SKF Marine services!
Multiple questions? One answer!

All this is Simplify with SKF Marine.

We invite you to put our customer promises to the test and look forward to welcoming you at the SMM.

It would be our pleasure to send you a complimentary online ticket.To request your free ticket, simply send an e-mail with the subject line “online ticket” to smm@skf-marine.com.

Attending SMM 2016? Book a meeting with us

Please take the chance to book a meeting with our local team and discuss your needs and challenges.

Petros Petritis
Marine Sales Manager, Greece, Cyprus & Malta
SKF HELLAS S.A.
M: +30 6984560404
E-mail: petros.petritis@skf.com 

Rania Patsiopoulos
Managing Director, Greece, Cyprus & Malta
SKF HELLAS S.A.
E-mail: rania.patsiopoulos@skf.com

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SKF launches Marine Route Based Kit at Posidonia 2016

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SKF has launched a sophisticated condition monitoring system with cloud connectivity to cut downtime and increase fleet reliability through enabling predictive maintenance in the marine sector. Introduced to the market for the first time at Posidonia 2016, the SKF Marine CM Route Kit, includes all the tools needed to implement reliable condition monitoring techniques onboard ships and allows operators to adopt an integrated approach to condition based maintenance on their entire fleet.

The kit, which includes the SKF Microlog handheld monitoring device and dedicated marine software with marine typical equipment models, can be used on all kind of vessels, as well as offshore platforms to collect data on machine and component condition. For each asset it will gauge the overall vibration levels and will be able to identify possible issues, such as imbalance, misalignment, wear, mechanical looseness, and bearing and gear faults

The measurement data is securely transferred via satellite to the SKF One Global Cloud, where SKF’s Condition Monitoring (CM) expert remote diagnostic team can retrieve and analyse the assets data as part of its maintenance consulting services. Furthermore all data can easily be accessed by the chief engineer and fleet manager, closing the loop and involving the crew in the Condition-based maintenance process.

The SKF CM expert analysis output are the recommended actions of needed maintenance which are sent to the chief engineer to take the appropriate actions and to keep the assets running smooth and efficiently.

By introducing long term monitoring and machine efficiency evaluation techniques, the SKF Marine CM Route Kit allows industry professionals to adopt a centralised predictive maintenance programme across their entire fleets. Through the detection of the machine conditions that lead to failure, proactive remedial work can be carried out to extend maintenance intervals, eliminate potential breakdowns and ensure consistently high operational safety, while also enhancing service life and reducing repair costs considerably. In addition, it is possible to coordinate the service and spare parts supply to generate further cost savings.

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Koyo European Distributor Convention 2016

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“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success’’.

Bathed in clear sunlight its splendid beaches and sea are magnificent to take a dip in. Ancient treasures, landscapes encompassing vibrant cities and dreamy villages, where locals share their traditions, wonderful cuisine and generous hospitality…. Crete was the venue of our 6th edition of the European Distributor Convention.

These words describe exactly the theme of our 6th edition of the European Distributor Convention for which more than 70 participants from 20 countries attended. It was a pleasure to welcome our valued partners and colleagues at the Amirandes Grecotel Luxury Resort in Crete, Greece and combine business with a bit of holiday feeling.

The business meeting was a great opportunity for us and our partners to exchange ideas, knowledge and information about our future direction. We closed the business meeting with a ceremony where two of our Distributors were awarded for their best sales performance of 2015: Mr. Pawel Kwiecien from PWO, Poland and Mr. Zoltan Kisnemet from Rolling Kft, Hungary. The awards were handed out by our Vice President of JTEKT European Operations Mr. Francis Fortin. Read more

Our three days schedule not only included a business meeting but also a very special cultural program from where we could visit ancient sites and traditional Cretan places. The event was a great chance to show our customers how important they are for us and of course stay up to date about developments at the European bearing market. We would like to thank your participation and involvement in this special event.

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SKF to showcase efficiency enhancing marine portfolio at Posidonia 2016

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At the Posidonia 2016 trade fair (Athens, 6 – 10 June), SKF will demonstrate its comprehensive range of solutions designed to improve fleet efficiency and reduce maintenance costs in the marine sector.

Gothenburg, Sweden, 20 April, 2016: SKF will use Posidonia 2016 to demonstrate how to boost efficiency and reliability, while cutting operating and maintenance costs in the maritime sector through its comprehensive product and service range. Visitors to the international shipping exhibition will see how the complete portfolio of innovations being showcased has been specifically developed to enhance performance and safety on all types of vessels.

At the show, SKF will launch the new SKF Marine CM Route Kit, a solution that combines cloud based data about the condition of monitored machines, with software, hardware and consulting services to extend maintenance intervals and increase fleet reliability. With the new solution, suitable for all kind of vessels, as well as offshore platforms, fleet performance evaluations are made simpler. In addition, coordination of the service and spare parts supply is possible, which can generate cost savings for the customers.

Among the other market leading technologies to feature at Posidonia will be SKF’s innovative tank skimming equipment, the Turbulo Sludge Buoy. This mechanical device provides fast and easy oil and water separation to eliminate the need for laborious manual tank drainage processes. It is quick to install and floats inside on-board tanks for constant, hassle-free and effective separation at the source to enhance environmental performance according to ISO 14001. In operation, the oil in the tank flows into the Turbulo Sludge Buoy’s lower compartment at a maximum rate of 6m³ per hour, before it is either pumped out or flows out under gravity depending on the position of the drain.

Meanwhile, SKF will demonstrate its full portfolio of bearings, couplings, lubrication systems and seals designed to maximise fleet availability. SKF will also present its extensive range of world-class marine industry services, including condition monitoring, condition-based maintenance, alignment and on-site machining solutions, at the exhibition. On show will also be the SKF BlueMon environmental monitoring system for recording and mapping ship emissions to ensure compliance with existing regulations.

SKF experts will be available on the stand to give more information and advice on the complete range developed for the maritime industry. Visitors can also discuss their own specific issues to discover the most ideal solution to optimise their application.

See SKF at Posidonia 2016: Hall 2, stand 2.409

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SKF introduces new series of food industry compliant bearings

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SKF has developed a stainless steel deep groove ball bearing with blue seals that fulfils FDA and EC requirements. The bearing is also filled with food-grade grease registered by the NSF as category H1. The new product is designed to further raise the compliance of its corrosion resistant range of ball bearings for the food and beverage industries.

SKF has introduced a new series of food industry compliant bearings, which helps to minimise the risk of food adulteration and contamination, and subsequent product recalls. Its new range of SKF Food Line stainless steel deep groove ball bearings (VP311) meets two key requirements of the food industry:

Seals made from synthetic rubber compliant with US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as well as European Community (EC) requirements*, coloured blue for ease of optical detectability, should they be damaged

High quality grease, suitable for typical food and beverage application conditions registered as NSF category H1**

The Food Line family includes 19 different standard sizes of deep groove ball bearings from SKF’s comprehensive range, in diameters ranging from 8 to 40mm.

“Both the blue seal and the lubricant were developed for use in food and beverage applications,” says David Oliver, SKF Europe Industry Manager Food and Beverage. “The overall bearing meets the highest standards of food management systems and regulations. This offer is unique to SKF, none of our competitors can offer the full package of food grade grease, plus FDA and EC approved blue coloured sealing in their stainless steel deep groove ball bearings.”

Food safety management systems such as HACCP are placing ever greater importance on safe food production. Many food product recalls are necessitated by the possible presence of hard or sharp objects, so food safety and detectability are high priorities for any components operating close to the food stream. The same is true of lubricants, and for this reason food-grade lubricants are increasingly used on a plant-wide basis to remove the possibility of accidentally applying a non-food grease to a critical component.

SKF stainless steel deep groove ball bearings offer high resistance to corrosion, so that they can withstand the aggressive wash down regimes which are necessary in the food industry. The special seal enhances this, helping to retain lubricant and prevent ingress of wash down fluids.

* FDA 21CFR section 177.2600 ‘Rubber articles intended for repeated use’ in producing, manufacturing, packing processing, preparing, treating, packaging, transporting or holding food. EC conformity to the overall migration requirements of the German BfR recommendation XXI for category 3 materials.

** Lubricant registered by NSF as category H1 (lubricant acceptable with incidental food contact for use in and around food processing areas). The NSF registration confirms it fulfils the requirements listed in the US Food and Drug Administration’s guidelines under 21 CFR section 178.3570.

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SKF helps Scuderia Ferrari monitoring Big Data at Formula 1 speed

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In Formula 1, super-fast data processing is absolutely essential. This applies not only for telemetry during the race, but also for the research lab where the power units for the racing cars are tested.

Gothenburg, Sweden, 15 February 2016: Thanks to a combined hardware and software solution from SKF, engineers at Scuderia Ferrari can now track the performance in the individual test chambers for power units in real time.

The solution is based on SKF’s modular IMx platform, which has been re-engineered to meet the specific demands of the Team. Including its SKF @ptitude Observer software, the platform provides condition monitoring, asset protection, preventive maintenance, and an increased speed of development.

The platform processes up to 100,000 observations per second. It can perform complex analyses and send the results to the telemetry system so that development engineers are able to check the status of the test object online. In view of the huge quantities of data, the calculation and transmission speeds of the system are extremely important: The SKF @ptitude Observer software collates the observations ten to twenty times per second to provide manageable results. “This helps the team to concentrate on results rather than data” emphasizes Mario Kuluridis, team leader for test facilities, mechanical and hydraulic development, in Scuderia Ferrari’s power unit testing department.

Scuderia Ferrari first started planning the modernisation of their test chambers in 2011. At that time not all test chambers were equipped with special systems for the continuous monitoring of the vibration behaviour of drive components.

“We actually had to go to each individual test chamber in order to see exactly what was going on inside. An online check of high frequency data in real time was simply impossible. This meant that troubleshooting was really slow. It also made it impossible to create forecasts for the service life of components based on trend values” recalls Kuluridis.

In the search for alternative monitoring systems, Kuluridis and his team ultimately turned to SKF. Although Scuderia Ferrari and SKF have worked together since 1947, this partnership previously focused on specialist racing bearings. However, the electronics experts on both sides found a common starting point: the IMx platform from SKF together with @ptitude Observer software.

The only snag? The standard version of the SKF IMx platform was actually developed for applications such as wind power plants. The condition monitoring in these applications requires far lower data quantities, far fewer channels and lower computer speeds than those required by Scuderia Ferrari for its high-performance test equipment. It was therefore time for the SKF engineers to tune up their IMx platform.

Scuderia Ferrari envisaged an integrated, wireless system, which was able to monitor individual elements of the test object during high frequency vibration tests. In order to adapt the IMx platform to the volume and speed of data flow that was involved, SKF designed an extended solution. This included additional hardware, which was to be integrated into the existing infrastructure. The experts had to ensure that the entire newly developed hardware package could be controlled using the same interface.

It was very important for the Scuderia Ferrari test engineers that measurements could be started or results displayed, for example, without constantly having to switch between a range of applications or devices. The team also wanted an extendable system with regular updates, up to 30 additional sensors and the option of carrying out routine calculations in short cycles.

“The fact that SKF is not only an official supplier, but also a genuine partner, guaranteed that the system was adapted successfully to meet our requirements” notes Kuluridis.

For the test engineers, the advantages are clear: The processes in the individual test chambers can now be observed wirelessly in real time. Furthermore, analysis methods and diagnostics developed specifically for the platform support the identification and removal of potential problems before they lead to costly downtimes.

So will this new testing technology also have a positive effect on race results for Scuderia Ferrari? We will have to wait until 20th March and the kick-off of the 67th Formula 1 season in Melbourne Australia to find out.

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SKF offers new app for mounting bearings

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Gothenburg, Sweden, 9 February 2016: SKF today announced the introduction of a new app for its proven SKF Drive-up Method for mounting bearings. Developed for ease of use in the field, the app is offered in both iOS and Android formats and can be used on smartphones and tablets. Complementing SKF’s recognized SKF Drive-up Method PC software, the app is available for download from the Apple app store and from Google Play.

Unique to SKF, the app enables the user to achieve accurate adjustment of spherical roller and CARB toroidal roller bearings mounted on tapered seatings. The correct fit is attained by controlling the axial drive-up of the bearing from a predetermined starting position. The method incorporates the use of an SKF hydraulic nut fitted with a dial indicator, as well as a highly accurate digital pressure gauge mounted on the selected pump.

When utilizing the app on either a smartphone or tablet, the user selects the bearing designation and seating arrangement, and the values required for optimal mounting are displayed. In addition, the app provides step-by-step working instructions. Both the required values and instructions can be saved in the convenient PDF format.

For more information on the app, please visit:
SKF Drive-up Method app

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