Research & Development

Seals design concept

SKF’s advanced research and development in sealing technology – material, design and tribology – deliver solutions that increase systems performance and enhance technological standards, which address both the needs of original equipment manufacturers and also benefit the aftermarket.

The overall sealing performance is highly influenced by the combination of the seal design, and the development and selection of the suitable material. The SKF offer includes sealing solutions based on a solid understanding of:

Materials development
Seals must resist increasingly rough application requirements, such as high temperatures, forces, pressure and contamination exposure. Specific media and lubricant properties must also be considered. SKF is continually at the forefront of material technology, developing elastomers, polyurethanes, thermoplastics and specialty materials.

Testing and analysis
SKF has a global network of testing facilities which are equipped to fully validate the function and performance of two wheeler seals. SKF relies on test rigs that generate real application working conditions in which our seals are mounted. Additionally, SKF conducts in-field testing with the latest generation of motocycles and bicycles.

Application knowledge
In designing solutions, SKF engineers benefit from several state-of-the-art technological capabilities, including a proprietary design system to simulate sealing performance under a variety of operating conditions to provide the best solution for the application.

Manufacturing
SKF has more than a century of competency in moulded and machined seals production technology (compression, injection and transfer moulding). Irrespective of the manufacturing technology selected, our customers will always receive SKF high quality seals.