SKF self-aligning bearing system

The new standard in locating and non-locating bearing arrangements

CARB toroidal roller bearing for converter applications
In traditional locating and non-locating bearing arrangements, self-aligning bearings are generally used in both positions. While this arrangement accommodates shaft deflection, friction forces reduce the load carrying for external loads.

To deploy the full load carrying potential of the bearing system, the non-locating bearing must compensate axial trunnion without creating unwanted internal axial loads. Our CARB toroidal roller bearing offers this true axial freedom.

An innovative design, an ideal solution

SKF Explorer spherical roller bearing for converter applications
CARB is a toroidal roller bearing that combines some of the best aspects of spherical, cylindrical and needle roller bearings. The rollers in a toroidal roller bearing always find the best position to accommodate the load, no matter how the shaft moves.

Intended exclusively as a non-locating bearing, CARB offers an ideal solution when used in combination with a spherical roller bearing in the locating position. With CARB as the non-locating bearing, the internal axial forces that can affect load distribution in traditional arrangements are avoided. 

Benefits of the SKF self-aligning bearings system:
  • Increased reliability in service
  • Enhanced productivity
  • Lower vibration levels

SKF Explorer performance class upgrade

Most of SKF Explorer spherical roller bearings and CARB bearings have been upgraded to the new SKF Explorer performance class specifications, featuring a combination of high-quality steel and an improved heat treatment process. The result: a superior balance between hardness and toughness, enabling up to twice the service life as the original SKF Explorer. Benefits of use include:
  • Improved reliability
  • Resistance to contamination
  • Reduced vibration levels
  • Excellent wear resistance
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