The ground-breaking bearings aim to improve health and safety for food and drinks manufacturers by lowering the risk of bacteria in hard to clean areas using innovative sealing systems, high performing bearing grease and completely sealed units.
The components are 100% recyclable and the bearings improve energy efficiency by reducing the need for hot water to remove environmental waste.
The new Food Line bearings do not require relubrication or the need to clean excess bearing grease, which can lead to production downtime. With less cleaning required, it is expected bearing lifespans will be lengthened.
Antifriction became an authorised distributor for SKF in 2004 and currently offers the Swedish giants complete portfolio of bearings, seals, lubrication systems, maintenance products and training courses. Antifriction will stock the new ball bearings from February.
Antifriction will distribute the Food Line range through its 10 depots across the UK. It has been under-going a long-term programme to upgrade facilities, which includes expanded warehouses in Bolton and Birmingham in 2018. New sites near Heathrow Airport and Ellesmere Port, close to Liverpool, have been added to give greater national coverage and reduce delivery times.
Victoria van Camp, CTO and president, innovation and business development at SKF comments: ‘The problem is traditional relubrication, wash-downs, and dry cleaning of bearings can create hidden areas where contaminants thrive, such as airborne droplets, wastewater or contaminated grease.
‘Eliminating these food-safety threats requires a different approach to hygienic design, and that’s what the Food Line ball bearings are designed to deliver.’
Andrew Fleming, managing director of Antifriction, comments: ‘SKF has built a reputation for quality products over a hundred years. It continues to innovate and these latest products will undoubtedly improve the effectiveness of food and drinks manufacturers which value the highest standards of health, safety and energy efficiency.’