The permissible operating temperature for needle roller and cage assemblies can be limited by:
- the dimensional stability of the bearing rings and rollers
- the cages
- the lubricant
When temperatures outside the permissible range are expected, contact the SKF application engineering service.
Bearing rings and rollers
SKF needle roller bearings undergo a special heat treatment. The bearings are heat stabilized up to at least 120 °C (250 °F).
Steel cages can be used at the same operating temperatures as the bearing rings and rollers. For temperature limits of polymer cages, refer to Cage materials.
Temperature limits for SKF greases are provided under Lubrication.
When using lubricants not supplied by SKF, the temperature limits should be evaluated according to the SKF traffic light concept.