FAG Industrial Services (F'IS), the maintenance and condition monitoring business of Schaeffler, is offering rail operators a rapid reconditioning service for the Tarol range of axlebox ball bearings units.
The repair and periodic maintenance of axlebox bearing units on rail vehicles can extend the life of these heavily stressed components.
As the reconditioning service is rapid, the customer benefits from minimal downtime.
The reconditioning itself consists of the thorough cleaning of all Needle Roller Bearings components, as well as the dimensional and functional inspection of the complete bearing unit.
The axial clearance is readjusted and the bearings are relubricated.
Any worn parts are also replaced.
If requested by the customer, the axlebox bearing data can be recorded in a database for future traceability and audit purposes.
This service applies to all axlebox bearings, including cylindrical, spherical and tapered roller bearings.
As well as reconditioning services, F'IS can also provide support to rail customers who are about to introduce maintenance management systems to their businesses.
By helping to improve the customer's in-house maintenance processes, F'IS can enhance the inter-departmental exchange of data, as well as eliminate wasteful processes such as the multiple entry of data into disparate IT systems and databases.
This reduces materials management costs and speeds up the processing of maintenance activities.
For effective maintenance management, the rapid, efficient installation of high speed bearings units is critical, according to the company.
F'IS offers a range of energy-efficient bearing heaters.
Rather than using conventional heating methods (furnaces, oil baths or heating plates), the FAG Powertherm range of induction heaters enables customers to reduce the time it takes to fit bearings, thus minimising downtime.
Rail operators can choose between time- or temperature-based control for the heaters.