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January 16, 2018

Cooper Roller Bearings becomes SKF Cooper

SKF's acquisition of Cooper Roller Bearings in 2013 will now see the company marketed as SKF Cooper.

SKF’s acquisition of Cooper Roller Bearings in 2013 will now see the company marketed as SKF Cooper.

SKF Cooper products will continue to complement the SKF portfolio of solutions for the marine, mining, quarrying, construction and energy sectors. In addition to the brand name change, the channels to market for SKF Cooper products, including responses to customer enquiries, product supply and after-sales support, will be handled on a global basis through local SKF sales outlets.

SKF Cooper split roller bearings can be fitted, removed and inspected without having to dismantle surrounding equipment, providing savings in terms of reduced maintenance and downtime. The products include both split cylindrical roller bearings and split double row tapered roller bearings, the latter with the ability to take axial loads in either direction.

Both are housed and sealed in special swivel cartridges, which are suitable for mounting in pedestal or flanged outer housings.

The cartridges have a spherical outer surface which fits into a conforming surface in the mounting unit rather like a ball and socket joint; any shaft misalignment tends to move the cartridge, seal and bearing together, maintaining the seal on an axis parallel to the shaft.

This configuration allows extremely close tolerances to be maintained between the housing and the shaft.

Both companies mark 1907 as a particularly momentous year in their respective histories. The year 2007 was when Cooper’s founder, Thomas Cooper, patented the world’s first split rolling element bearing and also when Sven Wingquist invented the first self-aligning bearings and founded the Svenska Kullagerfabriken company, the current SKF. 

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