Bearing technology and knowledge engineering specialist, South Africa’s SKF bearings remanufacturing delivered substantial time and cost savings for a key OEM customer in the minerals processing industry.
When the customer requested SKF South Africa to replace the crusher bearings during the repair of the company’s crusher rolls, SKF instead suggested the remanufacture of the bearings as an alternative and more cost effective solution. The customer sent the crusher bearings to SKF’s Bearing Remanufacturing Centre for inspection to determine their suitability for remanufacturing.
Established in 2008 at SKF’s Boksburg facility, the Bearing Remanufacturing Centre, remanufactures bearings to OEM specification. Following a close and detailed inspection of the bearings, SKF concluded that they would be able to successfully remanufacture the crusher bearings and in doing so, provide the customer with a number of important cost and time saving benefits.
In addition to extending the customer’s equipment service life, SKF also helped to improve the customer’s uptime by avoiding unplanned breakdowns. Furthermore, the customer saved on capital expenditure as OEM-quality remanufactured bearings are substantially more affordable than replacement bearings.
Finally, the remanufacturing of the bearing enabled us to supply our customer with spare bearings to be used as and when required, thus reducing running and maintenance costs and further improving uptime.
As a critical OEM account customer for SKF, it remains the company’s core focus to maintain this customer relationship through the continued provision of solid and sustainable solutions so that SKF’s customer can move his business forward.