Schaeffer Ramps up Production at Its New Ball Bearing Factory

Posted on March 2, 2017 David Atkinson Aircraft Bearings

Schaeffler is growing its line of rolling bearings by introducing Generation C to the existing line of FAG bearings. FAG bearings are most commonly used in electric motors, electric power tools, pumps, fans, household appliances, and two wheel vehicles. The line will expand with product improvement, new production lines, and increased logistic capabilities.

Two new concepts to the FAG ball bearings have been introduced. The first being a new Z-type seal to reduce the loss of grease by 20% and reduce contamination by 30%. The second is an optional ELS lip seal that is ideal in situations where the ball bearing receives an axial load (motorcycle wheel bearings) to reduce friction and increase robustness. All together, improvements have increased durability, decreased friction, and increased value for ball bearing customers. Factories are prepared to implement the design features as they also increase production capabilities.

Over the next few months Schaeffler will expand its production lines by over 100%, doubling the output from then newest factory in Yinchuan China. The highly autonomous factory will be strictly adhering to ISO quality standards with a dedicated quality control team and routine inspection. The state of the art plant has multiple wash stations throughout the production line to ensure contamination free ball bearings. Quality is a top priority of Schaeffler during this expansion of the FAG ball bearing line. Factories in Portugal and India will also be ramping up production, making an optimized supply chain another top priority of Schaffler’s.

Schaeffler will be setting up a new central logistics distribution center in Germany to join the existing locations in Sweden and Southern Italy. The goal is to provide customers in Western and Eastern Europe prompt and reliable delivery.

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