SKF shows how to maximise machine productivity at Hillhead 2018

12 April 2018

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SKF shows how to maximise machine productivity at Hillhead 2018At Hillhead 2018 (Buxton, Derbyshire, 26–28 June), SKF will highlight a range of products, services and technologies designed to increase uptime and reduce maintenance costs for quarry and construction plant operators.

SKF is a regular exhibitor at Hillhead, the world’s largest demonstrator event for quarry, construction and recycling equipment and plant. The company’s focus this year will be on improving productivity by increasing the availability of machinery, while reducing the frequency of maintenance in some of the toughest of industrial environments.

Sealed SKF Explorer spherical roller bearings, a product synonymous with SKF, will feature prominently on the stand. Designed to operate in extremely dusty and mechanically arduous conditions, this bearing type has been upgraded to a new level of performance. Featuring a combination of high-quality steel and an improved heat treatment, the bearings deliver improved performance under contaminated or poor lubrication conditions. The upgraded bearings are well suited to quarrying operations, which are subject to high levels of mechanical vibration and shock, particulate contamination and/or poor lubrication regimes.

Visitors to the stand will also experience the ultimate in contaminant protection – the SKF Three-Barrier Solution. Incorporating a standard SNL housing, a sealed SKF Explorer spherical roller bearing, labyrinth S-seals (or SKF Taconite Seals for ultimate protection) and SKF Biodegradable Bearing Grease LGGB 2 in the housing which acts as a contamination barrier. This housed bearing unit delivers consistently higher performance over the longer term in challenging contaminated environments, compared with that of competing products.

Among the other bearing developments displayed will be solutions specifically introduced to reduce machinery repair times. These include examples from the SKF Cooper split bearings range, which feature a ‘split to the shaft’ design that allows bearings to be more easily removed from so-called ‘trapped’ applications (difficult-to-access locations in machinery that would otherwise require the dismantling of large components), saving both time and money for the quarry operator.

Demonstrated for the first time at Hillhead will be two new condition monitoring solutions. SKF QuickCollect is an easy-to-use, Bluetooth-enabled, handheld sensor that connects to apps that work with both iOS and Android tablets and smart phones. Combining vibration and temperature sensing, overall data can be viewed on the spot in real time or pushed to the cloud for future analysis.

The SKF Multilog On-line System IMx-8 provides a complete system for early fault detection. This compact device offers eight analogue and two digital channels, with connectivity to mobile devices as well as laptops for easy configuration and monitoring. Machine intelligence data will help you avoid unplanned downtime and schedule maintenance proactively, prolonging machine availability whilst minimising maintenance and repair costs.

Product and technical specialists will be on the stand to provide advice on the deployment and utilisation of the complete range of solutions developed for the quarrying and construction sectors, maximising your plant availability through improved asset reliability.

See SKF at Hillhead: stand F2; for further information go to

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