Five SKF platforms for unsurpassed customer convenience

More than just bearings

Five SKF platforms for unsurpassed customer convenience

Summary: Since the invention of the two-race self-aligning ball bearing, SKF has continued to push the boundaries of the technically possible. As a technology pioneer with a long history, SKF now unites five areas of expertise: Bearings and bearing units, seals, mecha­tronics, services and lubrication systems. Users in over 40 industries benefit from the synergies of this combination.

At the start of the 20th Century, maintenance engineer Sven Wingquist faced a serious problem: The machines at the textile factory he worked at in Gothenburg were constantly failing. Their drive shafts kept becoming ‘imbalanced’ due to the unstable subfloor in the manufacturing hall - and the bearings available at the time were not coping with it.

For nights at a time, Wingquist worked meticulously on a solution, until he finally found it in a two-race self-aligning ball bearing: His revolutionary angular-movement bearing was the seed of SKF. Hardly a year after the Svenska ball bearing factory...

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