SKF solution saves capex for mining customer

June 2019 News

When a long-standing customer in the platinum sector required assistance to salvage its spherical roller bearings, SKF came to the fore. Through its in-depth remanufacturing expertise and capabilities, it was able to refurbish twelve pallets of bearings for the customer. The replenished bearing stock not only delivered substantial savings on Capex, but also improved operational uptime for the mine in Limpopo.

“As a global bearing and rotating technology specialist, SKF is committed to delivering best-in-class solutions to meet a customer’s individual requirements,” says account engineer, Reinhardt Joubert. “We work in close collaboration with our authorised distributors who are located close to customers, and we recognise that they are the face of SKF. Therefore, over the past five years we have invested into growing and upskilling their sales teams to align with SKF product and service quality.”

In Q1 2019, SKF distributor, Bearing Services Lydenburg, was contacted by the customer who, due to limited storage space, had no option but to store their bearings outside where they were exposed to the environment for an extended period of time. Well-equipped with SKF knowledge, Bearing Services Lydenburg advised the mine of the value and financial benefits offered by remanufacture compared to the costly exercise of purchasing new replacements.

Acknowledging these advantages, the customer readily agreed with the suggestion to have the bearings inspected by SKF specialists at the company’s Reman Centre in Jet Park. Of the 29 that were assessed, SKF was able to restore 23 units back to OEM quality.

Thanks to SKF’s cost-effective remanufacturing solution, the customer is now able to draw from these bearings ex-stock as and when required, reducing running and maintenance costs as well as improving uptime at the mine. “Our premium remanufacturing capabilities have served to cement the mine’s trust in SKF’s abilities and the project has also strengthened our relationship with our authorised distributor,” concludes Joubert.

For more information contact Samantha Joubert, SKF South Africa, +27 11 821 3500,,


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