SKF's fan upgrade products offer a 'systems approach' to fan maintenance and reliability that will help industrial facilities increase fan performance while decreasing maintenance and downtime. Furthermore, fans that are optimally installed, balanced and aligned will consume less energy, which, over the lifetime of the fan, can be quite considerable.
As a complete, single-source provider of industrial fan upgrades and services, SKF can help customers avoid the capital expense of replacing underperforming fans and blowers. SKF fan upgrade products can reduce downtime in hot gas and process fans and boost performance for fans used in many industries and applications including cement, steel, glass, paper, agriculture, and food and beverage.
SKF fan upgrade products include bearing arrangements, seals, lubrication devices, specialised lubricants and advanced circulating oil lubrication systems, as well as services ranging from basic condition monitoring to advanced maintenance reliability programmes.
Hans Lindh, SKF business leader for Industrial Fans, proclaims: "The vast majority of bearing failures is attributable to contamination, lubrication or mounting issues. As an expert in all of these areas, SKF is uniquely positioned to provide the world's most comprehensive, fully integrated fan bearing solution. Thanks to our recent acquisitions of lubrication specialists Willy Vogel AG and Safematic Lubrication Systems, the SKF fan bearing solution now features the world's most advanced centralised and automatic oil lubrication systems and technologies."
While SKF fan upgrade products will vary with a facility's requirements and goals, they will address heat and vibration-related operating issues and will employ some combination of self-aligning bearings, advanced plummer (pillow) block housings, automatic lubrication systems and related maintenance and reliability services.