Specialist distributor helps launch greener, cleaner bearings for food and drinks manufacturers

Leading industrial parts distributor Antifriction has signed a deal with Swedish multi-national SKF to stock its new blue range of Food Line ball bearing units.
The ground-breaking bearings aim to improve health and safety for food and drinks manufacturers by lowering the risk of bacteria in hard to clean areas using innovative sealing systems, high performing bearing grease and completely sealed units.
The components are 100% recyclable and the bearings improve energy efficiency by reducing the need for hot water to remove environmental waste.

The new Food Line bearings do not require relubrication or the need to clean excess bearing grease, which can lead to production downtime. With less cleaning required, it is expected bearing lifespans will be lengthened.
Antifriction became an authorised distributor for SKF in 2004 and currently offers the Swedish giants complete portfolio of bearings, seals, lubrication systems, maintenance products and training courses. Antifriction will stock the new ball bearings from February.
Antifriction will distribute the Food Line range through its 10 depots across the UK. It has been under-going a long-term programme to upgrade facilities, which includes expanded warehouses in Bolton and Birmingham in 2018. New sites near Heathrow Airport and Ellesmere Port, close to Liverpool, have been added to give greater national coverage and reduce delivery times.

Victoria van Camp, CTO and president, innovation and business development at SKF comments: ‘The problem is traditional relubrication, wash-downs, and dry cleaning of bearings can create hidden areas where contaminants thrive, such as airborne droplets, wastewater or contaminated grease.
‘Eliminating these food-safety threats requires a different approach to hygienic design, and that’s what the Food Line ball bearings are designed to deliver.’

Andrew Fleming, managing director of Antifriction, comments: ‘SKF has built a reputation for quality products over a hundred years. It continues to innovate and these latest products will undoubtedly improve the effectiveness of food and drinks manufacturers which value the highest standards of health, safety and energy efficiency.’

Antifriction was established in 1976 from a single unit. Today, it employs more than 90 staff across ten sites in the UK and Northern Ireland.
In 2011 Italian distributors Gruppo Bianchi, which operates in throughout Western Europe, acquired Antifriction. Gruppo Bianchi has supported Antifriction in a programme of empowering its national network by investing in its people, facilities and improving efficiencies.

SKF is a leading global supplier of bearings, seals, mechatronics, lubrication systems, and services which include technical support, maintenance and reliability services, engineering consulting and training. SKF is represented in more than 130 countries and has around 17,000 distributor locations worldwide. Annual sales in 2017 were SEK 77 938 million and the number of employees was 45 678.

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