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A major steel producer wasn't satisfied with the performance of their four-row tapered roller bearings installed in the cold rolling mill. Steel shavings from the production process were entering the bearings resulting in a detrimental effect on bearing reliability. NSK performed a detailed analysis of the bearings on site together with a failed bearing and lubrication review. After analysis,recommendation was made to use NSK’s Tough technology steels which has an excellent resistance to damage caused by entrance of cantamination.

Key Facts

  • Cold rolling mill
  • Damage of the bearings due to ingress of steel shavings from the production process
  • NSK solution: Bearings of WTF steel
  • More than 3× longer life-time
  • Reduced downtime
  • Cost savings for bearings and maintenance
  • Steel foil
  • 4-row WTF (water tough) bearing

Value Proposals

  • Analysis of the bearings, grease, structure and design of the billet mill
  • NSK bearings made of WTF steel are designed for extreme operating conditions such as those involving solid and liquid contamination
  • Technical support including on site engineering consultancy and lab based bearing analysis

Product Features

  • Steel material technology
  • Special NSK heat-treatment technology
  • Optimum chemical composition design technology
  • Available for four-row cylindrical and four-row taper roller bearings
  • Bearing life is 3 times longer than that of conventional bearing
  • Reduced non-metallic inclusions on raceway surface inhibiting generation of surface cracks
  • Grain boundaries have been strengthened to help prevent the propagation of cracks

Cost Saving Breakdown

Before Cost p.a. NSK Solution Cost p.a.
Bearing Life of the previous bearings: 4 months

Lost production costs: $1,071/h downtime × number of replacements × 4 unexpected downtimes per year

$47,147 Bearing Life of the new bearings: 12 months

Lost production costs: $1,071/h downtime × number of replacements × 1 unexpected downtime per year

Total Costs $47,147 $18,859



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