CASE STUDY: A Food & Beverage plant in South Africa saves R707 420 and 6900 tons of CO2 in 2022 through the B2K bearing remanufacture program

17 February, 2023

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Customer: A wheat mill in South Africa  

Application: Rolling/flaking mill 

The flaking mill is designed to flatten cereals and hulled grains while manufacturing oatmeal, buckwheat, pearl barley, finely ground barley, corn, wheat, rice, and other flakes. 

The bearing used is a medium-to-large size SKF spherical roller bearing.   

Stats for 2022

The emissions savings in this case equates to a 58 000 km car trip or a flight from Frankfurt to Madrid and back 24 times.  

Rand savings: R 707 420.00 direct savings   

Production and performance maintained: nothing compromised.  

Result: A win-win for the customer’s production and budget as well as the environment.

How did this case study come about? 

During a routine visit to the client’s plant, it was discovered that they had approximately 50 used bearings that had been dismounted due to the number of hours they performed and not due to failure. 

The customer indicated that due to the criticality of the application and the impact a bearing failure would have on their production, they decided not to run the bearings past a certain number of hours to mitigate the risk of failure. 

To reduce costs, a remanufacturing project was suggested and, following an inspection, the units were deemed suitable.

After installation, the initial batch was monitored throughout the production process and no excess wear was noted. 

As of the fifth year of the program, the units have yet to experience a single failure. 

The remanufacturing center provides a comprehensive report about each unit’s suitability and when needed, new units are placed into circulation.

Used bearings before the remanufacturing process begins

The client’s feedback…

“The use of remanufactured bearings in our process is of utmost significance and crucial for ensuring maximum availability and efficiency. Any unexpected or premature failures of the bearings will result in prolonged downtime and prevent us from meeting our production and customer demand goals. 

The remanufactured bearings have exceeded expectations in our high-pressure, high-temperature milling environment, delivering exceptional performance during their service life. This reliability has not only resulted in outstanding results but has also saved us significant maintenance costs in terms of bearing expenses. 

We have complete trust and confidence in the remanufacturing process and are confident that it will continue to deliver results that make financial sense for us.”

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