SKF bearing cuts fuel cost for heavy trucks25 February 2013
A new 'Energy Efficient' (E2) tapered roller bearing (TRB), designed for heavy truck final-drive applications, is claimed to reduce friction, cut fuel consumption and reduce emissions.
Typical fuel savings achieved using this bearing are said to be 0.15 litres per 100km. For vehicles used on long-haul routes, this adds up to an estimated annual saving of 150 litres a year.
Features of the new bearing include fewer rollers, improved roller topography and modified raceway profiles. The improvement of rollers means that, despite their reduced number, the SKF E2 TRB offers the same nominal carrying capacity as standard TRBs.
The new SKF E2 TRB is also said to be interchangeable with current standard TRBs.
"All our product engineering efforts are focused towards having solutions that are energy efficient, long lasting and reducing cost for the truck and fleet owners," comments Christian Genheimer, product and business development manager for the trucks business unit at SKF.
SKF (UK) Ltd
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