New bearings create less noise, friction

SCHAEFFLER is introducing to Australasia its latest FAG Generation C deep groove ball bearings offering 50% less noise, 35% less friction and reduced energy consumption compared with conventional technology.

Lou Caruana

The latest single-row bearings – which increase the efficiency of electric motors and meet the increasingly strict requirements for minimizing noise - are the result of a decade’s development to set world benchmarks of cost-efficiency, reliability and energy efficiency, according to the company.

In addition to reducing maintenance factors, they also eliminate dust ingress where required in machinery used in challenging environments.

The self-retaining bearings – standard models of which can be used up to an operating temperature of 120 deg C (unsealed) and -30 to 110 deg C sealed - are ideal for applications where reliability, avoidance of downtime and environmental issues are important, Schaeffler Australia engineering and quality manager Andreas Pieper said.

Applications of the bearings (in size ranges from bore diameters 10mm to 50mm) extend from electric motors used in resources and energy sectors, including conveyor idlers, winches, lifting equipment and drives.

“Generation C deep groove ball bearings generate extremely low friction, so they directly enhance the efficiency of smaller industrial electric motors, the capacity of which is largely determined by power loss of their bearings,” Pieper said.

The bearings’ inside construction is perfectly matched for use in electric motors.

Schaeffler employs more than 82,000 people globally, including more than 6,000 at 16 research and development centres dedicated to high-performance, low-maintenance bearing technology.