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SKF ReMan extends service life of centre suction roll bearing after more than 20 000 hours of operation!

SKF ReMan delivered a 60% cost saving to a key paper mill customer by refurbishing a SKF centre suction roll bearing which had exceeded 20 000 hours of service life.

When the SKF suction roll bearing which was installed at the paper mill in November 2015, reached over 20 000 hours of operation, the paper mill pulled the bearing out of service on its scheduled change. The customer sent the bearing to SKF’s Witfield facility in Boksburg where, following a detailed damage assessment, the product was declared fit for remanufacture.


SKF centre suction roll bearing Reman’ed by SKF after 20 000 hours of operation delivered to paper mill within a week

The capabilities of SKF ReMan once again came to the fore when its competent team of qualified technicians ReMan’ed the bearing to SKF Global Quality standards and delivered the product to the paper mill within one week.

SKF ReMan delivered substantial cost savings to the customer as the cost of remanufacture was only 40% of the price of a new bearing. In addition, the short lead time of only a week kept the paper mill’s downtime to an absolute minimum and illustrates SKF’s resolute commitment to contributing to customers’ productivity and ultimately profitability.

“As a global frontrunner in bearings and rotating technology, we are proud of the 20 000 plus operational hours achieved by the SKF centre suction roll bearing,” says Simphiwe Malawana, Services Manager. ”It bears the testament to the brand’s exceptional quality and rugged reliability. Our robust bearings are designed to withstand even the toughest working conditions whilst consistently delivering efficient performance over their life cycle.”

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