India's leading lubricant developer SKF, has developed a new grease which will be added to the company's BeyondZero product portfolio. The company says that the new product has been designed specifically for hub bearing units.
The new grease is compatible with all generations of hub bearings
The company claims that their new product offers the same levels of performance in parameters such as, sealing, stiffness, life and false brinelling but will provide 9 per cent less friction and will also reduce absorbed energy by 9.5 per cent. All of this, results in improved vehicle efficiency consequently resulting in lower emission and higher fuel efficiency figures. The grease developed achieves an optimized ratio between friction modifier and anti-wear additives and is compatible with all generations of hub bearings.
SKF claims that the new grease has been tested and is found to save 0.15g/km of carbon-dioxide which translates to 2.9kg of CO2 in a year with an estimated annual running of 14,500kms. These figures have been calculated by taking in to account a vehicle having four hub bearings and running on New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) at the company's Vehicle Environmental Performance Simulator (VEPS).
The BeyondZero portfolio which this low friction grease is a part of, is a range which is designed to be eco-friendly and its products have a focus on reducing - spread of toxic substances and carbon emissions.
|Gothenburg, May 9, 2014: SKF has launched a new lubrication solution for hub bearing units (HBUs) that reduces friction by as much as 9% compared to standard solutions while maintaining the same bearing performance. This low friction grease meets the market need to reduce friction in wheel bearing units, cutting both CO2 emissions and fuel consumption to improve total vehicle efficiency. The low friction grease has been developed to a new chemical formula, with an optimised ratio between friction modifier and anti-wear additives and it is fully compatible with the bearing components. The low friction grease contributes to reduce the friction maintaining the same bearing performance in terms of life, stiffness, sealing, false brinelling. This low friction grease for hub bearing units reduces the absorbed energy by up to 9,5%, compared to standard grease. Using the SKF Vehicle Environmental Performance Simulator (VEPS), and based on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), it has been calculated that a car with four hub bearing units using the low friction grease saves 0,15 g CO2 per km. When based on an annual mileage of 14,500 km, the saving is 2,9 kg CO2 per year. The grease is tailored to meet customers hub bearing unit application needs, maximising the benefits of reduced friction and enhanced efficiency for all users. It is applicable to all generations of hub bearing units and is suitable for both new designs and retrofit. The low friction grease is part of the SKF BeyondZero portfolio. SKF BeyondZero solutions are designed to help reduce CO2 emissions, preserve limited resources and protect the environment from the use and spread of toxic substances.|