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SKF to show superior sealing solution for wind turbines at Wind Energy 2014 Hamburg

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    2014 September 23, 14:00 CEST

    SKF will showcase its HSS reinforced, all-rubber seals, which offer increased reliability and productivity for wind turbines, at Wind Energy 2014 Hamburg.


    Gothenburg, Sweden, 23 September 2014  The innovative range of reinforced HSS seals were specially developed by SKF to protect large size bearings that function under tough operating conditions, such as those experienced within wind turbines. Featuring a proven sealing lip design and a new concept of reinforcement, the HSS seals offer high stability. As they are all-rubber, the seals also provide the additional benefits of being able to accommodate imperfections in the housing bore.


    SKF’s HSS seals are available in the company’s ozone radiation resistant material grade - SKF Duratemp (HNBR). This has been successfully used by the wind energy industry and has been developed further to ensure optimum performance in the most demanding of applications. The standard grade of this high-performance material is used for the sealing lip, while the part of the seal body that is in contact with the housing bore is made from a harder grade. This provides improved stability in operation and during the installation process. This concept of reinforcing the seals allows for both solid and split designs, which facilitates easy and quick installation and replacement. The smooth outside diameter provides excellent static sealing and there is no risk of dimensional changes to the seals when exposed to moisture.


    “Seals are often perceived as commodity items. In reality, they are essential system components that help to ensure bearing and system performance, reliability and efficiency. The ease at which the HSS seals can be exchanged and installed is a major advantage to the wind industry, particularly as working space in the up-tower in the nacelle is usually limited”, says Maria Conception Martin, SKF Global Product Manager of Wind Industry Seals.


    SKF has introduced a flexible manufacturing process for the HSS seals. This enables the seals to be easily customized to effectively match specific shaft and seal housing dimensions without customers experiencing additional costs or extended delivery time. 


    Wind Energy 2014 Hamburg, one of the world’s foremost events for the exhibition of innovative and advanced equipment for the wind energy industry, takes place between September 23-26, 2014 at Congress Center Hamburg, Hamburg – Germany. Visitors to the event will find SKF and information on the new HSS seals at Stand B6/374.


    Aktiebolaget SKF
         (publ)

    For further information, please contact:
    Press Relations: Monique Turner, +1 267 436 6836; +1 215 801 8722;  Monique.Turner@skf.com 


    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 around 15,000 distributor locations worldwide. Annual sales in 2013 were SEK 63,597 million and the number of employees was 48,401. www.skf.com

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