The conditions under which bearings and seals are stored can have an adverse effect on their performance. Inventory control can also play an important role in performance, particularly if seals are involved. Therefore, SKF recommends a "first in, first out" inventory policy.
Storage conditionsTo maximize the service life of bearings, SKF recommends the following basic housekeeping practices:
- Store bearings flat, in a vibration-free, dry area with a cool, steady temperature.
Control and limit the relative humidity of the storage area as follows:
- 75% at 20 °C (68 °F)
- 60% at 22 °C (72 °F)
- 50% at 25 °C (77 °F)
- Keep bearings in their original unopened packages until immediately prior to mounting to prevent the ingress of contaminants and corrosion.
- Bearings that are not stored in their original packaging should be well protected against corrosion and contaminants.