There’s a lot we all take for granted. We’re counting on trams, subway trains and buses to take us through our cities safely and sustainably. We trust water treatment facilities to supply us with fresh water, and the food industry to safeguard us from allergens and bacteria. We expect wind farms to keep our lights on, and cars to be electric. There are a million other every day needs to satisfy – and a planet to take care of.
In a world shaped by population growth, urbanization, digitalization and environmental concerns, industrial reality is the true challenge. And that’s exactly where we at SKF want to be. Right at the centre, providing reliable rotation for the real world.
Our expertise is built on the development, design and manufacture of bearings, seals and lubrication systems. And we also provide machine health assessment, engineering and remanufacturing services. But what we’re really offering is an arena for innovation – an opportunity for our customers to use the tools we provide to explore, improve or rethink the performance of their rotating equipment. A place where even the smallest adjustment can make a big difference.
Reliable rail around the world
Improve fleet efficiency and reliability with innovative railway solutions and services from SKF. Discover how new railway condition monitoring technology and condition-based maintenance can help you extend maintenance intervals. Our railway specific products and services help you obtain lower life cycle costs by letting you use bearings to their full potential.
To meet performance demands, railway solutions need to be extremely reliable
Improve reliability of your fleets with SKF axlebox solutions.
The need for shorter lead times and improved risk management calls for increasingly reliable railway solutions. As the linking design element between the rotating wheelset and the quasi-static frame of the bogie, axleboxes play a vital role in the reliability of rolling stock. With a considerable influence on reliability and economics on track, superior axlebox solutions are required.
We have a global axlebox sourcing and support network, offering design and engineering support throughout the whole life cycle, including customization combined with proven design concepts. Our packages typically include axleboxes, factory lubricated and sealed, ready to mount wheelset bearing units, sensors and monitoring systems.
With the help of our solutions, you can meet performance demands without increased operational risks. And thanks to increased reliability, you are sure to enjoy reduced life cycle and maintenance costs.
Additive Manufacturing and SKF axlebox solutions.
Availability of axleboxes and axlebox components in small quantities and with short lead times is a major challenge in the Railway industry. Aging fleets mean that often the original casting tooling is no longer available or usable. Replacing the old tooling is expensive and time consuming. New development projects are coming to market faster and faster and prototypes must be available for testing faster than the traditional supply chain can support.
Each of these challenges can be addressed by the application of Additive Manufacturing techniques. Check out our use cases for more information.