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Schaeffler brings noise, friction, energy use reducing bearings to Australian market

The German bearing designer Schaeffler has introduced its latest FAG Generation C deep groove ball bearings into the Australian market.

The bearing range offers 50% less noise, 35% less friction, and reduced energy consumption compared to conventional technology, the company says.

Additionally, FAG Generation C bearings also reduce maintenance and eliminate dust ingress in machinery used in challenging environments.

Standard models of the self-retaining bearings can be used up to an operating temperature of 120°C (unsealed) and -30°C to 110°C (sealed), making them well-suited for applications where reliability, avoidance of downtime, and environmental issues are important considerations.

Available in sizes ranging from 10 to 50mm bore diameters, Schaeffler’s new ball bearings find application in electric motors used in resources and energy areas, including conveyor idlers, winches, lifting equipment and drives, through to manufacturing, construction, food and beverage, and primary processing applications.

According to Schaeffler’s Australia engineering and quality manager Andreas Pieper, Generation C deep groove ball bearings generate low friction, which directly enhances the efficiency of smaller industrial electric motors, whose capacity is largely determined by power loss of their bearings.

The inside construction of the bearing is matched for use in electric motors.

The FAG Generation C bearings feature optimised raceways to reduce friction through improved raceway surfaces and optimised osculation to minimise wear.

A choice of a robust riveted steel cage or polyamide cage with good sliding and wear characteristics for high speeds is available, with the riveted steel cage design giving higher stability with less noise and reduced sensitivity to shocks.

The bearings’ new seal concept improves bearing life by balancing friction and sealing action, and a choice of one or two seals and special radial internal clearance is available, offering protection against dust and internal corrosion.

The ball bearings are also offered with highly protective surface coatings such as Corrotect anti-corrosion and thin-layer chromium plating against fretting corrosion for particularly challenging applications.