SKF builds super test centre Construction live stream
2015 November 17, 15:29 CET
SKF is currently building the world's most powerful large bearing test centre inSchweinfurt. The EUR 40 million investment is intended to tailor large bearingsto their roles with much greater precision and efficiency than ever before,thanks to the knowledge gained from two new test stations. You can nowwatch the construction of this pioneering technological feat via webcam.
Schweinfurt (Germany), 26 November 2015:In order for customers to benefit from the significantly higher levels of robustness andreliability in the new generation of large bearings, the two new test stations in the testcentre will need to generate enormous power: in terms of dynamics, maximum power,bending moment and rotational speeds, they will eclipse all that have come beforethem. The huge power capacity of the innovative test facility will also need to bechannelled in the right direction, and will therefore be located on isolated foundations,the largest of which weighs several thousand tonnes.
The enormous base and the new test stations will be combined with two existing teststations in a bright, open and futuristic-looking twin building. The complex, coveringover 3000 square metres, is situated on SKF's 'Werk 3' [Plant 3] site, located on Sven-Wingquist-Strasse, named after the company's Swedish founder. In 1907, Wingquistproduced a two-race self-aligning ball bearing. He also set in motion a highly variedrange of industry areas with his start-up company, 'Svenksa Kullagerfabriken'.
Anyone wanting to follow the construction of SKF's latest pioneering technological feat,can do so at www.skf.de/testcenter: here, two webcams are recording the hourlyprogress of the construction from two different perspectives. At a later point, SKF will usethe captured footage at a later stage to put together a time lapse film of the wholeprocess.
If everything runs smoothly, the unique test centre should begin operations in 2017.