SKF SYSTEM 24 generates revenue and improves lubrication for printing press manufacturer

Industrial Lubrication and Tribology

ISSN: 0036-8792

Article publication date: 1 June 2004

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(2004), "SKF SYSTEM 24 generates revenue and improves lubrication for printing press manufacturer", Industrial Lubrication and Tribology, Vol. 56 No. 3. https://doi.org/10.1108/ilt.2004.01856cab.002

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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SKF SYSTEM 24 generates revenue and improves lubrication for printing press manufacturer

SKF SYSTEM 24 generates revenue and improves lubrication for printing press manufacturer

Keywords: Printing, Lubrication, Cylinders

Printing Press Services International (PPSI) has chosen SKF's SYSTEM 24 as an accurate and automatic lubrication solution for its print presses' print cylinders (Plate 2).

Plate 2 Printing Press Services International has turned to SKF's SYSTEM 24 for accurate and automatic lubrication for its print presses' print cylinders

PPSI manufactures and refurbishes print presses for the global market. The Preston, UK, company's strategy is to sell products based on innovation to give it a competitive edge. As part of this strategy, PPSI required an accurate and automatic lubrication solution for its print presses' print cylinders to add as a selling feature. Manually lubricating an entire printing press can be a 2 or 3-day operation, so an automatic lubricating system has the attraction of reducing man hours. Such a system also reduces variability and errors in the amount of lubricant used and reduces spillages to almost zero.

PPSI contacted SKF, which presented SYSTEM 24 as the most cost-effective and simple solution. However, standard SYSTEM 24 units were adjudged not to provide the optimum solution. SKF therefore provided a customised version especially for the application.

A more compact 60 ml lubricant cartridge, to fit in the limited space available, replaced SYSTEM 24's standard 125 ml cartridge and HP2 grease was chosen as the lubricant. The cartridges themselves were also badged especially for PPSI. This new customised SYSTEM 24 currently provides a continual supply of fresh lubricant, at a controlled and consistent rate, to the PCUs and is sealed to prevent any contamination.

Fitting the print presses with SYSTEM 24 has not only ensured that the PCU bearings are lubricated in operation but it also supports the company's innovation strategy and generated extra revenue for spares.

The new solution is already being used on printing presses that have been delivered to New York's “Daily News” and units have also been retrofitted on presses at “The Montreal Gazette”. So far, over 1,000 units have been supplied to PPSI.

For further information, contact: Phil Burge, SKF (UK) Limited, Sundon Park Road, Luton, Bedfordshire LU3 3BL, UK. Tel: +44 (0) 1582 490049; Fax: +44 (0) 1582 848091; E-mail: phil.burge@skf.com