SKF announces new range of seals for hydropower plants

Global manufacturer SKF has introduced a new range of custom machined sealing products engineered exclusively for hydropower plants.

The company said it “can supply virtually any kind of seal for any application and in any quantity, dimension, and profile”, with its products manufactured from a proprietary self-lubricated cast polyurethane material blend. The products last up to four times the service life of conventional materials, according to SKF, with other options available for specific applications.

SKF can deliver one-piece designs for seals up to 4,000 mm in diameter, or spliced designs using a welding technique for those greater than 10,000 mm in diameter.

The seals have a wide range of hydroelectric plant application, SKF said, including rotor blades, wicket gates, spherical valves, upper and lower ring gates, butterfly valves, and more.

SKF also manufactures a number of other hydropower-related products, in addition to providing technical support, maintenance and reliability services, engineering consulting and training.

The company is based in Gothenburg, Sweden, with representation in more than 130 countries worldwide.

SKF will be exhibiting its products at HydroVision International 2014 in Booth No. 738.

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