Performance class

SKF Explorer bearings

In response to the ever-demanding performance requirements of modern machinery, SKF developed the SKF Explorer performance class of rolling bearings.
SKF Explorer angular contact ball bearings realized this substantial improvement in performance by optimizing the internal geometry and surface finish of all contact surfaces, redesigning the cage, combining the extremely clean and homogenous steel with a unique heat treatment and improving the quality and consistency of the balls.
These improvements provide the following benefits:
  • higher dynamic load carrying capacity
  • less sensitivity to heavy axial loads
  • improved wear-resistance
  • reduced noise and vibration levels
  • less frictional heat
  • significantly extended bearing service life
These bearings reduce environmental impact by enabling downsizing and reducing both lubricant and energy use. Just as importantly, SKF Explorer bearings can reduce the need for maintenance and contribute to increased productivity.
SKF Explorer bearings are shown with an asterisk in the product table. The bearings retain the designation of earlier standard bearings. However, each bearing and its box are marked with the name “SKF Explorer”.
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