Im­prove safety and main­te­nance by us­ing the cor­rect tools

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - THERMAL IMAGING -

Bear­ings even­tu­ally reach the end of their ser­vice life and will nor­mally be re­placed. Al­though the bear­ing may not need pro­tect­ing, it is im­por­tant to en­sure the ser­vice life of the re­place­ment bear­ing is not com­pro­mised. The use of proper mount­ing and dis­mount­ing tools will help pre­vent dam­age to other ma­chine com­po­nents which are of­ten re-used, and se­condly, in­cor­rect tech­niques can be haz­ardous to main­te­nance per­son­nel.

Mount­ing tools

Mount­ing and dis­mount­ing of most bear­ings is achieved through us­ing heat or me­chan­i­cal force ap­plied to the bear­ing. Dur­ing this process the risk of dam­age or ac­ci­dents can be much higher with­out the use of proper tools or main­te­nance prac­tices due to the high forces, pres­sures or tem­per­a­tures re­quired.

The SKF Bear­ing Fit­ting Tool Kit TMFT 36 is de­signed for quick and pre­cise mount­ing of bear­ings with­out heat for bore di­am­e­ters from 10 to 55 mm, while min­imis­ing the risk of bear­ing dam­age. The right com­bi­na­tion of im­pact ring and sleeve al­lows ef­fec­tive trans­mis­sion of mount­ing force to the bear­ing ring with the in­ter­fer­ence fit, min­imis­ing the risk of dam­ag­ing the bear­ing’s race­ways or rolling el­e­ments.

Dis­mount­ing tools

Dur­ing the bear­ing re­moval process, some bear­ings can re­quire sig­nif­i­cant force to re­move them from shafts and most pullers have sev­eral com­po­nents to be all po­si­tioned at the same time for a se­cure fit to avoid ac­ci­dents.

Equipped with spring-op­er­ated arms and a solid de­sign, the patented SKF EasyPull is one of the most user-friendly and safe tools on the mar­ket. Er­gonom­i­cally de­signed, the spring-op­er­ated arms en­able the user to po­si­tion the puller be­hind the com­po­nent with just one move­ment. The SKF EasyPull is avail­able in me­chan­i­cal and hy­drauli­cally as­sisted ver­sions, as well as com­plete kits with a tri-sec­tion pulling plate and a puller pro­tec­tion blan­ket for added safety.

Con­tact­less tem­per­a­ture

Know­ing the tem­per­a­ture of equip­ment is im­por­tant in con­di­tion mon­i­tor­ing as well as pos­si­ble safety con­cerns. In­frared ther­mome­ters are por­ta­ble, light­weight in­stru­ments for safely mea­sur­ing tem­per­a­ture at a dis­tance. The SKF range of in­frared ther­mome­ters is ex­tremely user-friendly; sim­ply aim and pull the trig­ger and the tem­per­a­ture is shown on the dis­play. Th­ese ro­bust in­stru­ments are equipped with a back-lit dis­play and laser sight­ing. Fit­ted with a bright LED il­lu­mi­na­tor al­lows the ap­pli­ca­tion ob­ject to be seen even in poorly lit en­vi­ron­ments.

Al­ter­na­tively us­ing an SKF Ther­mal cam­era is a proac­tive way to help you de­tect prob­lems be­fore they oc­cur, in­creas­ing up­time and im­prov­ing safety. They al­low you to be able to visualise po­ten­tial prob­lems, in­vis­i­ble to the naked eye, by pre­sent­ing a pic­ture of the heat dis­tri­bu­tion of an as­set. The ther­mal im­age, pre­sented on a large LCD screen, shows you where the tem­per­a­ture is ei­ther too hot or too cold al­low­ing you to pin­point po­ten­tial prob­lems fast.

Grease me­ters

Grease is a com­mon lu­bri­ca­tion type used in in­dus­try and is very ef­fec­tive. Relu­bri­ca­tion of bear­ings can be im­por­tant to ex­tend ser­vice life, how­ever purg­ing grease can re­sult leak­age, spills or en­vi­ron­men­tal haz­ards. It is gen­er­ally dif­fi­cult to sup­ply an ac­cu­rate quan­tity of grease when man­u­ally lu­bri­cat­ing bear­ings.

De­vel­oped to max­imise ef­fi­ciency, the SKF Bat­tery Driven Grease Gun TLGB 20 in­cludes an in­te­grated grease me­ter to help pre­vent over- and un­der-lu­bri­ca­tion. This unique tool fea­tures a durable, er­gonomic de­sign with a three-point stand for op­er­a­tor com­fort and con­ve­nience and a 20-volt, lithium-ion bat­tery for longer life. Suit­able for a va­ri­ety of man­ual lu­bri­ca­tion tasks, the TLGB 20 can be used to lubri­cate bear­ings and ma­chines in in­dus­trial and man­u­fac­tur­ing en­vi­ron­ments, as well as agri­cul­tural and con­struc­tion ve­hi­cles.

SKF Main­te­nance Prod­ucts have so­lu­tions for ev­ery stage of the bear­ing life cy­cle to help max­imise ser­vice life, pro­duc­tiv­ity and ef­fi­ciency.

De­tails, cus­tomerser­vice.nz@skf.com or www.mapro.skf.com

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