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Backing bearings for cluster mills

Backing bearings

SKF backing bearings are available in many designs and variants. The major assortment is based on double or three-row cylindrical roller bearings (fig. 1). Single row needle roller bearing and double row tapered roller bearing designs are also available.

Backing bearings have been specially developed for cold rolling mills of the cluster type, but can also be used for other applications, such as straightening or bending machines. These bearings have a particularly thick-walled outer ring and can be mounted on stationary support shafts to form back-up or straightening rolls. Fig. 2 shows the arrangement of the backing bearings on the eight support shafts of a 20-roll mill.

Bearing features

  • High load carrying capacity
  • Low friction
    The optimized internal geometry reduces friction and heat generated by the bearing.
  • Long service life
    The logarithmic roller profile reduces edge stresses at the roller/raceway contact (fig. 3) under all load conditions. Also the logarithmic outer ring outside diameter profile reduces edge loading during operation and contributes to extended service life.
  • Enhanced operational reliability
    The surface finish on the contact surfaces of the rollers and raceways supports the formation of a hydrodynamic lubricant film.
  • Lubrication
    Most SKF backing bearings have lubrication holes and many have one or more annular grooves in the inner ring to enable lubrication via the support shaft.
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