SKF inaugurates large-size bearing test centre

GERMANY: Swedish industrial group SKF opened its new test centre in Germany for large-size bearings under actual operating conditions, including those used in wind turbines.

SKF makes bearings for a number of industries including wind
SKF makes bearings for a number of industries including wind

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The Sven Wingquist Test Center in Schweinfurt has two testing rigs, one of which is designed especially for testing of wind turbine main shaft arrangements, according to the company.

The second rig will be used for testing bearings used in other industrial sectors, including mining, construction, steel manufacturing and marine transport, SKF said.

"No other test center is capable of testing large-size bearings this accurately, under actual operating conditions, giving us and our customers a significant strategic advantage," said SKF CTO Victoria Van Camp.

 SKF said the test centre has received funding from the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Media, Energy and Technology and the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Construction and Reactor Safety.

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