SKF wear sleeves for heavy industrial applications are designed for a heated slip-fit installation and must therefore be uniformly heated prior to installation. The sleeve temperature should be approximately 180 °C (355 °F). Under no circumstances should the sleeve be heated to above 200 °C (390 °F). Any heating techniques normally used for bearings are suitable, such as induction heaters or heating cabinets.
The sleeves should be installed immediately after heating since they cool rapidly and could seize on the shaft before the correct position is achieved. If repositioning is necessary, use a soft faced hammer and a wooden block. After the sleeve is in the desired position, check the lead-in chamfer for any damage during installation.
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