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Grease retention

Greases have a relatively high viscosity and are relatively easy to retain in a bearing arrangement. In many grease lubricated applications, a non-spring-loaded sealing lip design or a V-ring can adequately retain the grease (fig 1).
However, more demanding applications may require HMS5 or CRW1 spring-loaded radial shaft seals (fig 2 and fig 3).
When frequent relubrication is required, the lip of at least one of the seals in the sealing arrangement should be directed toward the air side so that excess grease can escape via the sealing lip (fig 4). This avoids grease build-up, which can retain heat and limit heat dissipation. For grease lubricated applications, SKF recommends calculating the permissible circumferential speed for oil and halving the result.
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