Special machinery

(including Marine and Food and Beverage)


Market overview

The marine industry accounts for much of the world’s transportation and about 80% of world trade (volume) is carried out by a fleet of around 50,000 commercial ships. The transportation sector is highly dependent on the business climate. There is a trend to invest in larger container ships, to achieve greater carrying capacity and to reduce the cost and emissions per unit of transportation. Also, the global energy demand drives strong growth for vessels supporting offshore oil and gas exploration. As a vessel out of operation for just one day can cost a ship operator hundreds of thousands of dollars, high reliability and availability are important. Rising fuel costs and tough environmental and safety regulations influence the industry to develop more predictable, reliable and fuelefficient vessels. By using condition monitoring and conditionbased maintenance, ship operators can maximize time at sea and reduce the operational costs of their vessels. Greater efficiency in the systems are achieved through redesigning propulsion systems such as thrusters and pods and developing hybrid technologies like diesel electric or gas electric propulsion systems.

SKF’s offer and role in the market

SKF focuses its expertise and knowledge on the industry’s needs to reduce operating and maintenance costs, improve health, safety and environmental issues and increase the availability of the vessel to help maximize fleet availability and critical equipment reliability in service.

SKF’s main focus is on offshore supply vessels, workboats, tankers, and passenger and cruise ships. SKF provides products and services for every stage in the life cycle of the machinery from design, manufacture and installation to operation and maintenance. Offers include integrated product and service solutions for propulsion systems, including key components in large two-stroke engines, thrusters, electric pods and gearboxes, as well as couplings and shaft line transmission products. It also offers a wide range of specialized condition-based maintenance services for different types of vessels. One such example is the emission monitoring system, Turbulo BlueMon. It records all relevant emissions on board ships and couples these values with the vessels position data, based on GPS signals. This way of keeping track of emissions, makes the compliance with regulations easier and makes possible seamless auditing and verification of emissions from ships. Other services provided are alignment services, 3D measurements, on-site machining and machinery mounting solutions.

Food and Beverage

Market overview

The food and beverage industry is one of the largest manufacturing sectors in any country and also a significant employer. An average 25% of income is spent on food and non-alcoholic beverages. This industry is less cyclical than others. Industry regulations to ensure food safety are everincreasing. One of the main challenges is to ensure the availability, reliability and overall efficiency of assets, often with limited resources. More and more, companies are being pressurized to set environmental targets around reducing energy, water, greenhouse gas emissions and waste of all kinds.

SKF’s offer and role in the market

SKF has many ways to support food and beverage manufacturers to meet their food safety, business and sustainability targets. This includes everything from a range of relubrication-free bearing technologies, to automatic lubrication systems, food grade lubricants, high efficiency sealing solutions and electromechanical cylinders that can save up to 90% of energy when replacing pneumatic systems. SKF also offers asset management services which help reduce unplanned downtime and improve overall equipment efficiency (OEE), which contributes to CO2 reductions and impacts other sustainability drivers such as reduced waste.

SKF develops new technologies and services which deliver enhanced environmental benefits and also offer real business values, in areas such as total cost of ownership, increased line efficiency, reduced risk of food contamination and improved people safety. Implementing technologies that have proven to be successful in the end-user market is of great value for OEMs. SKF works closely on both new designs and improving existing ones, in line with hygienic design, food safety, waste and cost optimization throughout the asset lifecycle.

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