Galucho, the largest agricultural machinery manufacturer in Portugal and Spain, is now fitting Agri Disc Hub units from NSK to the company´s disc harrows. The move comes after two years of working together and testing the product on 700 hectares of land near Seville, a successful process that means NSK is now fully approved to assemble its Agri Disc Hub units on the disc harrows manufactured by Galucho machinery.Image1.jpeg – NSK is now approved to assemble its Agri Disc Hub units on the disc harrows deployed by Galucho machinery.
The latest disc harrow technology requires reliable bearing solutions to enhance quality, lower costs and protect the environment. As a consequence of the tough conditions faced by machinery used on farms, where working on all kinds of hard, dry and abrasive terrain leads to constant exposure to dirt, damp, vibration and impact, the potential for disc harrow bearings to deliver a long working life are limited. However, NSK’s Agri Disc Hub is designed purposely for agricultural applications.
The Agri Disc Hub is an extremely robust unit for disc harrows that meets agriculture´s requirements for greater productivity, reduced costs and environmental protection. The units comprise double-row angular contact ball bearings that are capable of supporting very high axial and radial loads. Any sudden impact caused by stones in the earth, for example, create high axial loads as a result of the angle at which the tilling equipment is positioned in relation to the direction of movement. Furthermore, abrasive material like dust, and corrosion caused by water and fertiliser, are known to cause problems for many conventional bearing solutions.
In contrast, Agri Disc Hubs extend the equipment’s working life without requiring maintenance (thus saving time), even during the severe mechanical stresses caused by agricultural use. This is thanks to a number of notable features, such as a highly efficient, optimised sealing system that stops abrasive dust and humidity from getting inside the bearings, even if the machinery comes into contact with manure or high-pressure water jets (during cleaning). It is also not possible for grease to drip on to the ground, as Agri Disc Hub bearings do not require additional lubrication, thus protecting the environment.
NSK´s range of Agri Disc Hubs can be easily installed directly on to any disc harrow with a flange.
Established 100 years ago, NSK (Nippon Seiko Kabushiki Kaisha) is a Japanese-listed company that has evolved from a regional ball bearing supplier to a roller bearing specialist and automotive supplier with a global market presence. Today, NSK employs more than 31,500 employees in 30 countries. As per March 2016 NSK achieved a turnover of 975 billion Yen. This result has been driven by ever-increasing investment in research & development, enabling the company to continuously improve the quality of its products and services. This investment supports NSK´s objective of »No. 1 in Total Quality». In addition to a complete rolling bearing portfolio, NSK develops and manufactures precision components and mechatronic products, as well as systems and components for the automotive industry, including wheel bearing units and electric power-steering systems.
In 1963, NSK´s first European subsidiary, Düsseldorf, Germany, was opened and in 1976, the first European production facility in Peterlee, England. Today, NSK Europe supports pan-European sales with production locations in England, Poland and Germany, logistics centres in the Netherlands, Germany and England and technology centres in Germany, England and Poland. In 1990, NSK purchased the UPI Group including the renowned European bearing manufacturer RHP, with its factory in Newark (UK). Additionally, NSK has developed a comprehensive network of authorised sales distributors. NSK Europe is divided into application-based business divisions: Industry rolling bearing technologies & linear and precision technology (EIBU) as well as bearing modules and steering systems for the automotive industry (EABU & ESBU). In this organisation, NSK Europe’s 3,500 employees achieved a turnover of over 1,000 million Euros as per March 2016.
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