With the aim of making decisive progress in the development of upcoming large-size bearing technologies, SKF has invested some 40 million euros in a ground-breaking project in Germany.
Two new test rigs at the Sven Wingquist Test Centre in Schweinfurt will help improve current simulation models and contribute to the resource-saving and highly customized production of future large-size bearings.
The insights gained from both the larger test rig and the smaller one will provide for new, much more energy-efficient manufacturing technologies, which will significantly reduce material consumption.
The “Goliath” test rig is being sponsored by the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology, with some 1.9 million euros; the smaller “David” (testing large bearings for various heavy industry applications) has been included in the Environmental Innovation Programme of Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety. This rig is funded by the government with about 1.6 million euros.
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