Seals, Lubrication Systems, Mechatronics, Bearings and Units

Drawing on five areas of competence and application-specific expertise amassed over 100 years, SKF brings innovative solutions to OEMs and production facilities in every major industry worldwide. These five areas of competence include: bearings and units, seals, lubrication systems, mechatronics (combining mechanical and electronics into intelligent systems), and a wide range of services, from 3D computer modelling, to advanced condition monitoring and reliability, and asset management services.

A global presence assures SKF customers quality standards and universal product availability. While other companies may have competence in one or two of these areas, no other company can draw on all of these competencies to help you improve reliability and productivity.

Lifecycle management of mining equipment

SKF combines its capabilities into the SKF lifecycle management, a proven approach for helping equipment manufacturers and cement and mining companies to maximize productivity while minimizing total cost of ownership for equipment, over its entire service lifecycle.

SKF provides expert consultancy and asset management services, proven condition monitoring technologies, maintenance tools, and training to help customers. Benefits include:

  • Improve worker health and safety
  • Increase productivity and profitability
  • Reduce downtime
  • Reduce operating and maintenance costs
  • Reduce energy use
  • Reduce environmental impact

Bearings and units for low-speed conveyor applications

SKF leads the industry with its SKF Explorer performance class bearings, which last longer and run cooler than conventional bearings. This improves reliability, reduces maintenance and repair costs.

For low-speed conveyor applications, SKF offers the Three Barrier Solution with the sealed SKF Explorer spherical roller bearing in a sealed housing. SKF Explorer spherical roller bearings (VA405) for vibrating screens have long service life and cooler operating temperatures than other bearings. SKF also supplies slewing bearings, spherical plain bearings, housings and accessories.

Rotary shaft, hydraulic and static seals

SKF has a full line of rotary shaft seals, hydraulic seals, and static seals. The SKF large diameter seals with PTFE excluder wipers are proven to be effective in increasing service life in abrasive conditions.

SKF SPEEDI-SLEEVE is used to recondition worn shafts and for new sealing surfaces. SKF can machine special seals, up to 4m in diameter and made from various materials, to solve tough sealing problems.

Lubricants, lubrication systems and lubrication management

SKF has a number of specific greases suitable for the mining and cement industries and a full line of grease and oil lubrication systems. We also provide lubrication management consultancy to optimize and reduce the lubrication usages at mines and cement plants.

Mine asset management and technology

SKF provides technology for periodic and continuous monitoring of machinery. SKF Copperhead is a rugged vibration and temperature monitoring sensor system, specially developed for the mining and cement industries. We provide consultant services to implement reliability improvement and enhance maintenance practices.

Mechatronics for grinding mills

The SKF hydraulic bolt tensioners are widely used to tension stud bolts in grinding mill applications. Our hydraulic couplings provide a quick and safe way to mount and dismount gear couplings in conveyor belt and grinding mill drives without moving the machinery.

SKF provides sensorised bearings for measurement of rotational speed, direction of rotation, and angular position. Furthermore, SKF offers a broad range of electromechanical actuators that can replace hydraulics.

Applications engineering, engineering consultants and numerical simulations

With decades of experience in the mining, mineral processing and cement industries, SKF brings a unique understanding of the applications and challenges to the table.

SKF's expertise in bearings and units, seals, and lubrication systems enables SKF to take a systems approach to design, providing complete solutions that improve equipment reliability. Our knowledge can support consultancy and OEM designers to optimize the design while still in the development stage.

Contact Details

890 Forty Foot Road
Lansdale, Pennsylvania 19446
United States of America
+1 267 228 7051

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SKF Solutions for the Mining, Mineral Processing and Cement Industries 02 February 2017 With expertise in bearings, seals, lubrication and services, SKF is uniquely positioned to provide effective solutions to the challenges of your operation.


Innovations Related to Rolling Bearings in Mining and Mineral Processing Applications 24 January 2012 Innovations in the design, heat treatment, sealing and lubrication of rolling bearings have resulted in extended machinery service lives and reduced energy use in mining and mineral processing applications. These innovations are shown to nearly double the service life of self-aligning roller bearings in poor lubrication and high contamination conditions.