At the SMM 2016 trade fair (Hamburg, 6–9 September), SKF will showcase its many marine innovations, including two new launches: a new design of Simplex Intermediate shaft bearing, and a SKF Dynamic Stabiliser Cover (DSC).
The first new launch is a redesigned Simplex Intermediate shaft bearing, which can be mounted on SKF Vibracon chocks – self-levelling, height-adjustable and reusable chocks that are used for mounting all types of rotating or critically aligned machinery.
Simplex Intermediate shaft bearings have a short shell length, and can be aligned precisely in order to avoid edge loading. They were specifically developed for shaft line of ship propulsion systems. This version has a new housing design which features reduced weight and compactness for easy installation and maintenance.
The second launch is the Dynamic Stabiliser Cover (DSC), which closes the hull of the SKF retractable fin stabilisers. The DSC comprises two inflatable cushions fixed to the stabiliser fin box. If the stabiliser is not in use, the cushions are inflated by high-pressure air in order to close the hull. This improves flow profile and reduces fuel consumption. To bring the stabilisers into use, the cushions are deflated – allowing the fin stabiliser to move past – and then re-inflated, to re-close the hull.
Other new products that SKF has launched during the year and that will be on show at SMM include the Turbulo Sludge Buoy – a mechanical device that separates oil and water, eliminating manual drainage. Also on show is the SKF Marine Condition Monitoring Route Kit– a sophisticated condition monitoring and condition-based maintenance system that has cloud connectivity to cut downtime and boost fleet reliability. Furthermore, the company will present its environmental monitoring system that ensures compliance to environmental regulations by storing and mapping the ships emission data – SKF BlueMon.
Many of these and other exhibits will be backed by case studies, to better illustrate how they can help fulfil customer needs. See SKF at SMM 2016: Hall A1, stand 210, or visit www.skf.co.uk for further details.