Increased MacPherson longevity from SKF

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Bearing specialist SKF has announced the introduction of a new MacPherson suspension bearing unit that can increase the longevity of the suspension system.

The SKF unit features a metallic seat over a lower polymer housing which aids resistance against deformation by 50%. An all-new seal design is also implemented, that combines increased protection against external pollution with low friction torque. As a result, the system has 50% less water content over a standard seal.

“To meet the increased performance demands, in terms of higher reliability and increased operating life, SKF redesigned its MacPherson suspension bearing unit, using design for Six Sigma, to withstand higher levels of severe driving conditions,” says Andrea Griseri, business & product development manager for steering and suspension, SKF Automotive Division.

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Graham Heeps is a regular contributor, and knows the dynamics industry well, having previously edited the title. Graham also writes regularly on automotive and motorsport subjects for other magazines from Vehicle Dynamics International’s publisher, UKi Media & Events (as well as editing Tire Technology International), and contributes to a range of online and print publications in the UK, USA and Canada.

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