SKF has always recognized the importance of remanufacturing for heavy industries such as metals, mining, mineral processing and cement, pulp and paper, and marine. SKF has a large number of centres around the world that can offer remanufacturing services and is dedicated to expanding with new service centres in the future.
In many applications, bearing service life can be shorter than the calculated rating life. This is because damage to bearings can be caused by such factors as contaminants and sporadic metal-to-metal contact in the rolling contact area.
Bearings suitable for remanufacture (fig. 1) are typically:
- large-size bearings with an outside diameter of 420 mm and above,
- backing bearings,
- caster bearings, such as spherical roller bearings and CARB bearings,
- slewing bearings.