A key driver for market development in the machine tool industry is global industrial production. The machine tool market has almost doubled over the last 20 years and machine tools can be found in most production processes. The trend is that manufacturers are demanding more customized technology solutions to reach greater speed and precision, as well as easy-to-operate machines. End-users want to achieve higher productivity and reduce the total cost of ownership. Solutions that provide reduced energy use, improved working conditions and reduce the impact on the environment, are highly attractive in the market and are key drivers.
SKF’s offer and role in the market
To meet these demands, SKF works with manufactures and end-users to optimize machine tools to run faster, for longer and in a cleaner way during their entire operating life. SKF does this by offering engineering consultancy, simulation and design validation, advanced condition monitoring technologies, predictive and proactive maintenance programmes, hands-on maintenance training and a range of products tailored around spindle operation and machine tool motion. These products include super-precision bearings, lubrication systems and coolant pumps, customized sealing solutions, linear drive and guiding systems.
With SKF Spindle Services, present in 21 locations worldwide and predominantly an integrated part of SKF Solution Factory, SKF can offer customers specialized engineering analyses for spindle upgrading, reconditioning, and replacements for all spindle brands and designs.