Lubrication

For grease fills and grease life the same information is valid for Y-bearing units as is for Y-bearings.

Grease fills

Y-bearings are filled with one of the following greases:

  • SKF Energy Efficient Y-bearings
    → low-friction grease GE2
  • zinc-coated and stainless steel Y-bearings
    → food-grade grease GFJ
    This grease fulfils the requirements listed in the Guidelines of section 21 CFR 178.3570 of the FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) regulations. It is approved by the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) for Category H1 use (occasional contact with food stuffs).
  • all other Y-bearings
    → standard grease VT307

The technical specifications for the various greases are listed in table 1.

Grease life for Y-bearings

Grease life for Y-bearings should be estimated according to the procedure described in this section. The grease life for Y-bearings is presented as L10, i.e. the time period at the end of which 90% of the bearings are still reliably lubricated. When relubrication is required, the method to estimate relubrication intervals is described on under Relubrication intervals. For additional information, refer to Relubrication.

The grease life for Y-bearings depends on the operating temperature and the speed factor. It can be obtained from the diagrams. Diagram 1 is valid for Y-bearings filled with VT307 grease or GFJ food-grade grease. Diagram 2 is valid for SKF Energy Efficient Y-bearings.

The grease life for each is valid under the following operating conditions:

  • horizontal shaft
  • very light to moderate loads (P ≤ 0,05 C)
  • stationary machine
  • low vibration levels

If operating conditions differ, the grease life obtained from the diagrams has to be adjusted:

  • For vertical shafts, use 50% of the value from the diagram.
  • For heavier loads (P > 0,05 C), use the reduction factor listed in table 2.

The values for adjusting the grease life are estimates. Vibration can have a negative influence on grease life. The extent cannot be quantified, and the influence increases with increasing operating temperature. For additional information, refer to Lubrication or contact the SKF application engineering service.

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