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Innovative SKF Drum Support Unit delivers manufacturing cost and energy savings to washing machines

2011 June 14, 13:51 CET

The SKF Drum Support Unit is a new polymer unit for washing machines that assists in optimizing washing machine design, assembly and performance. This new solution is an alternative to aluminum or cast iron solutions, bringing cost and energy saving to washing machine manufacturers. It is delivered as a single unit and manufacturers need fewer assembly operations and no machining, to fit it into the washing machine.

The solution supporting the drum is over-moulded by the washing machines producers directly into their plastic tanks. And because the unit is delivered with integrated bearings, greased and sealed-for-life, it guarantees excellent alignment between the bearings, the water seal gasket and the drum. As a consequence the friction generated by the system is extremely low.

The unit is very compact, light and corrosion proof.  It includes the hole to drain out the excess water, moisture and humidity that may arise inside the tank. And the external unit's shape and dimension can be customized to be adapted basically to any washing machines design.

Final users will enjoy lifetime energy savings during the washing cycles due to the excellent alignment of the bearings, seal, and drum system. As an option the unit can be equipped with SKF low friction seals and SKF Energy Efficient ball bearings, for even greater friction and energy savings.

"With the launch of this innovative and energy saving product SKF reaffirms its presence in the home appliance industry contributing to ease of manufacture and   sustainability for OEMs and end users" says Davide Martini, Home Appliances Segment Manager.

Gothenburg, 15 June 2011

Aktiebolaget SKF

For further information, please contact:

PRESS: Ingalill Östman, SKF Group Communication, tel: +46 31-337 3260, mobile: +46 706-973260, e-mail:

TECHNICAL PRESS: Colin Roberts, SKF Group Communicaton, tel +31 30 6075608, mobile: +31 653 944 111, e-mail:

SEGMENT: Davide Martini, SKF Automotive Division, BU Powertrain & Electrical (PTE), Home Appliances segment and PTE Sales Europe Manager, +39 011 9852405, mobile: +39 355 400 844

SKF is a leading global supplier of bearings, seals, mechatronics, lubrication systems, and services which include technical support, maintenance and reliability services, engineering consulting and training. SKF is represented in more than 130 countries and has 15,000 distributor locations worldwide. Annual sales in 2010 were SEK 61,029 million and the number of employees was 44,742.

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