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SKF helps ice cream manufacturer increase mean time between repair by 50%

Case study

An ice cream manufacturer came to SKF with a problem caused by their main gearbox and chain drive in one of their hardening tunnels. They were scheduling maintenance every 12 months to avoid catastrophic failure – a difficult operation with health and safety implications as well as increasing down time at the plant.
SKF conducted a root cause failure analysis revealing an issue with 'breathing' of the gearbox caused by air expansion behind the seals due to hygiene procedures and incorrect seal fitting both leading to water ingress.
SKF recommended SKF stainless steel deep groove ball bearings with Solid Oil, a cartridge arrangement containing Ecoflon 4 seals and a flinger outboard of the gearbox vertical output shaft.
As a result, the company has been able to increase mean time between repair to 18 months.

Click here to find out more about gearboxes and chain drives in hardening tools

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