SKF to reveal new customized solutions at Offshore Technology Conference

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    2014 May 05, 14:00 CEST

    SKF will showcase a range of innovations customized especially to meet the needs of the oil and gas industry at the Offshore Technology Conference 2014.

    Gothenburg, Sweden, 5 May 2014: SKF will showcase a range of innovations for Oil & Gas OEMs at Offshore Technology Conference, May 5-8, 2014, Reliant Center, Houston, TX – USA. The new products have been customized especially to meet the needs of the oil and gas industry and include tapered roller thrust bearings, Locking T-seals and low torque operator gate valve assemblies.

    “Harsher environments demand solutions that can withstand higher pressures and temperatures to minimize maintenance and downtime,” said Marty Herzog, Director Business Development and Marketing, SKF Traditional Energy Business Unit. “These new innovations benefit our customers by improving reliability and efficiency, while also meeting increased safety and environmental regulations.”

    SKF Tapered roller thrust bearings for top drives
    These bearings are characterized by their high load carrying capacity and ability to accommodate shock loads, coupled with an exceptional wear resistance even under an ineffective lubricant film condition.  SKF Engineers have optimized both the design and the processes to manufacture tapered roller thrust bearings and can work with you to maximize the performance of your top drive by customizing the bearing features to meet the specific needs of your application.  Options include simulating the interaction of top drive components from a system perspective with proprietary simulation tools, customization to non-standard dimensions and special coatings and surface treatments. With improved reliability at higher loads, increased load carrying capacity and better wear resistance SKF Tapered thrust roller bearings allow attainment of higher top drive tonnage capacity within the existing design envelope.

    SKF Locking T-seals to increase reliability in the harshest operating conditions
    The patented SKF Locking T-seal offers equipment designers and end-users a robust replacement option for conventional T-seals and spring back-up seals, both of which are subject to damage during installation, assembly, or disassembly.  SKFs enhanced Locking T-seals are specifically designed to meet the extreme environmental conditions of high pressure / high temperature sealing applications.
    Low torque operator assemblies for gate valves
    SKF offers the broadest range and longest experience in providing low torque operator gate valve assemblies for high pressure well head systems.  The high precision designs of SKF - combining ball or roller screws, support bearings and seals in a unitized assembly - simplify installation and field retrofit.  New design concepts, such as the anti-backdrive feature first introduced to the market by SKF, increased power density and very low torque make them suitable for applications with high reliability and low maintenance requirements, such as subsea ROV-operated installations and hydraulic fracturing operations. Because SKF low torque operator assemblies for gate valves are provided as a complete housed assembly, overall cost is lowered while accuracy and consistency is increased since the final assembly is quality controlled and tested before being shipped to customer.

    SKF experts will be on hand to explain the benefits of all these innovations to delegates, using product demonstrations, case studies and presentations.

    At this event SKF will also introduce Kaydon as the newest member of the SKF Group.  The $1.25B USD acquisition completed in late 2013 makes SKF the leading global supplier of slewing ring and thin section bearings for Oil & Gas applications, such as iron rough necks, crane turrets and mooring systems.  Now, with its expanded manufacturing footprint, SKF can dramatically improve supply chain, logistics and support to Oil & Gas OEMs and end users in North America.

    Offshore Technology Conference, the world’s foremost event for the development of offshore resources in the fields of drilling, exploration, production, and environmental protection, takes place between May 5-8, 2014 at the Reliant Center, Houston, TX – USA. Visitors to the conference will find SKF at booth 2601.

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    Press Relations:Monique Turner,+1 267 436 6836; +1 215 801

    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.

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