SKF and Great Plains collaborate to reduce tilling machinery downtime and improve farm yields
SKF partnered with Great Plains Mfg., a global manufacturer of agricultural implements for tillage, seeding, and planting, to create a new 7-lip seal package to prolong the life of agricultural tillage equipment. Great Plains Ag, a division of Great Plains Mfg. develops tillage equipment for seedbed preparation, but in the Black Earth Region of Russia, key bearings critical to the operation of tilling equipment were wearing out halfway through the region’s farming season. During analysis by SKF and Great Plains engineering teams, significant dirt pack intrusion was found to be a common issue impacting the function of the bearings and leading to machine downtime.
Great Plains and SKF engineers worked to update the machinery’s design to include a more robust bearing seal that would help better prevent dirt pack-related failures. SKF and its brand PEER, developed a 7-lip seal by redesigning the seal package to help eliminate dirt pack between the bearing, housing and spool, which outperformed the existing seal design. By minimizing the pressure from the dirt pack against the seals, the equipment can operate more effectively for a longer life cycle. In addition to retrofitting prior tilling machinery models with the newly redesigned 7-lip TILLXTREME® seal, Great Plains also included the TILLXTREME® seal on its new Great Plains hybrid tillage solution, the Terra-Max, when it launched in September of 2020.
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