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09/11/17

RKB releases Product Brochures in Polish

The "RKB Product Brochures" in Polish language is now available for the Poland market! You can download it from here!

20/10/17

RKB at Iran Metafo Fair 2017 Tehran (Iran)

The RKB Group attends the 14th edition of Iran Metafo, which will take place from 4 to 7 December in Tehran (Iran). Focused on Iron and Steel Technology this event provide companies with a great opportunity to showcase their brands and advantages in a spacious market and develop their network of Business partners in new regions.

You are very welcome to join us in Hall7, stand C04!

19/09/17

RKB releases brochures in Serbian

The brochures "This is RKB" and “RKB Product Table” in Serbian language are now available on our website!

Download from here "This is RKB" in Serbian and from here "RKB Product Table" in Serbian.

18/07/17

RKB at Elmia Subcontractor Exhibitors 2017

RKB group will attend the 2017 edition of the Elmia Subcontractor, which will take place from November 14 to 17 in Jönköping, Sweden. Elmia Subcontractor is Northern Europe's leading trade show for subcontractors in the manufacturing industry and their customers.

You are very welcome to visit us at Stand No. D04:07. Click here to get your Elmia Subcontractor free entry ticket!

Website event: www.elmia.se/en/

11/07/17

New bearing series for auxiliary equipment of steel mill

To offer a comprehensive solution to rolling mill manufacturers and users, the RKB Group offers also a complete range of bearings for the auxiliary equipment necessary in a mill, like saws, scrap choppers, drives and so on. As an example, besides the main bearings for the stands and the equipment directly connected to the stands, RKB recently released a new series of single row tapered roller bearings and deep groove ball bearings expressly engineered for the guiding rolls of the wire and rod mills. The new cage design and the stricter protocol for roller sorting ensure an unparalleled level of reliability, even at extremely high speeds.

21/04/17

RKB MS Plant introduces new-concept compact lines

In cooperation with one of the world leader manufacturers of machines tools for the production of small-sized ball bearings, the Engineering Department of RKB MS Plant has freshly implemented the new concept of “compact production line”. The three new compact lines of RKB MS Plant have the same output rate as the previous traditional lines but take up 30% less space, thus enabling the optimization of the factory layout.

20/04/17

New interview of Step Group

The management of Step Group, RKB’s official partner for Poland, released an interview to the local magazine Główny Mechanik, where they explain the main values underpinning the cooperation with the Swiss Group, active in the manufacturing of bearings for over 80 years. Click here to read the article!

24/03/17

RKB at Hannover Messe

Hannover Messe 2017 opens on April 24th. RKB welcomes you to join us at Hall 22, Stand D18. Click here to get your HANNOVER MESSE free entry ticket!

06/02/17

RKB releases This is RKB brochure in Persian

The brochure "This is RKB" in Persian language is now available for the Iranian market! You can download it from here!

01/02/17

Prof. Tudose at BAPT Conference in Skopje

Prof. Lucian Tudose and his colleague Cristina Tudose, both in force at RKB Advanced Calculations and Optimization Department, presented the paper paper "Optimal 2ZB Approximation of Optimal Profile of Rolling Bearings Cylindrical Rollers" at the 5th International Conference on Power Transmission organized by the Balkan Association of Power Transmission (BAPT) from last October 5 to 10 in Skopje (Macedonia). In this paper an innovative method to find the best approximation of the optimal profile of the rollers of a cylindrical roller bearing is presented.

17/01/17

RKB at Gulf Industry Fair 2017

In collaboration with its local partner, Gulf Markets International, RKB will attend the 2017 edition of the Gulf Industry Fair, which will take place from February 7 to 9 in Sanabis, Bahrain. Gulf Industry Fair is the most important and comprehensive industry-related exhibition in the Middle East and covers the key industries including aluminum, heavy engineering equipment, steel, energy, and manufacturing.

You are very welcome to visit us at Stand No. B3.

12/01/17

RKB East Europe ranks first in Brasov

During the 23rd edition of the Brasov Business Awards organized by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Brasov (Romania), RKB East Europe Srl reached first place in the "MS Companies" category. This event is a tradition for the local business environment and a driver for the economic development of the country.

16/12/16

RKB supports education in developing countries

The RKB Group renews the support to Save the Children, the largest independent children's rights organization that improves the lives of children amongst other by providing education to the most deprived and marginalized children. Also the collaboration with ATKYE (Associazione Ticino Kenia Youth Education), a local charitable association active in Kenya, goes on successfully. RKB strongly believes in the importance of education and scholarship as the most effective means to help children worldwide have a better future.

06/12/16

RKB releases updated multilingual documents

Good news! RKB updates "This is RKB" and "Product Brochures" with new information on the Group. These new documents can be found in the Publications section of this Web Site.

Available languages: English, Spanish, Italian and French. Soon German and Lithuanian!

02/11/16

RKB releases new slim version of bearings catalogue

The RKB Group has released the new version of its catalogue which is made up of over 350 pages of data tables for the main bearing types. The new catalogue was designed for ease of use and includes the most extended assortment of RKB products ever. Further announcements will be made as updates and revisions (including the full version) become available.

Click here for download!

30/09/16

RKB acquires new grinding machine for large bearings

RKB T3 Plant production force has been recently enhanced by the acquisition of a new precision grinding machine for large size bearing rings (up to 1250 mm). Thanks to its Siemens numerical control and its two high-speed spindles, the new grinding machine provides a much higher machining precision compared to manually controlled or mechanically automated grinders.

03/10/16

RKB at Ankiros 2016 in Istanbul (Turkey)

Together with its local branch, RKB Turkey, the RKB Group attended the 13th edition of the Ankiros International Iron-Steel and Foundry Technology, Machinery and Products trade fair, which was held from September 29 to October 1 in Istanbul (Turkey). Ankiros was the ideal choice to showcase the comprehensive range of RKB standard and customized rolling bearings for the metal industry. RKB would like to thank everyone that visited its booth during the exhibition: we had the chance to make important new contacts and discuss with our existing customers their plans for the coming year.

28/09/16

RKB at Tecnargilla in Rimini (Italy)

The RKB Group, together with its partner Simertec, attended Tecnargilla, the world’s most important exhibition of technological innovation and aesthetics for the ceramic and brick industries, which took place from September 26 to 30 in Rimini, Italy.

27/09/16

RKB Swiss Labs against fake bearings

Counterfeiting rolling bearings is an illegal and unethical practice that could endanger operations and human lives! In addition, when you pay for premium high-performance bearings, but you get only poor faulty products, you get cheated! Even skilled and experienced technicians may find it difficult to tell the difference between genuine and fake bearings without the appropriate tools. That's why RKB decided to open its highly specialized laboratories to its customers and users of rolling bearings worldwide to help them make the right choice and get what they paid for. Besides, RKB Swiss Labs offer consultancy and technical support in formal complaints or legal disputes.

Click here for further details!

22/08/16

RKB at Electra Mining in Johannesburg (South Africa)

In collaboration with its local partner, Drivetec Maintenance & Engineering Supply, RKB will attend the 2016 edition of Electra Mining, which will take place from September 12 to 16 in Johannesburg (South Africa). The exhibition is the biggest mining, industrial, electrical and power trade show in Southern Africa.

You are very welcome to join us in hall 5, stand F26!

04/08/16

RKB celebrates 80th anniversary

In September 2016 the RKB Group celebrates its 80th anniversary of activity in the bearing industry. Born in 1936 as a suburb machine shop, nowadays the RKB Group is a multinational manufacturing organization that exports its premium quality rolling bearings all over the world.
RKB would like to thank all its stakeholders for the outstanding support and commitment throughout these decades!

03/06/16

RKB at Global Petroleum Show in Calgary (Canada)

In collaboration with its local partner, Resource Bearing Ltd., RKB will attend the 2016 edition of the Global Petroleum Show, which will take place from June 7 to 9 in Calgary, Canada. The show is one of the world’s largest energy events and features a number of networking events, presentation theatres and world-class exhibits.

You are very welcome to join us in booth 3915 (outdoor, Frack Site)!

19/05/16

New paper on optimal design by prof. Tudose

Prof. Tudose, the head of RKB Advanced Calculations and Optimization Department, and colleagues have freshly published the paper "Optimal Design Under Uncertainty of Bearing Arrangements" on Mechanism and Machine Theory by Elsevier. The study presents a methodology for an optimal design under uncertainty of a real bearing arrangement. The aim is to find the optimal bench bearing arrangement preload/clearance that maximizes the life of the bearing arrangement considering several uncertain geometric and operating parameters.

Optimal Design Under Uncertainty of Bearing Arrangements

16/03/16

RKB at BAUMA 2016 in Munich

The RKB Group attended the 31st edition of BAUMA, the International Trade Fair for Construction Machinery, Building Material Machines, Mining Machines, Construction Vehicles and Construction Equipment that took place in Munich (Germany) from April 11 to 17. As one of the leading manufacturers of top quality rolling bearings for the heavy industry, RKB co-exhibited with Perlini Equipment in Hall B4, Stand 238.

08/03/16

RKB at BearingNet 2016 in Hamburg

The RKB Group joined BearingNet 2016, the networking event which brings together hundreds of manufacturers and distributors from all over the world. BearingNet 2016 was held in Hamburg (Germany) from March 3 to 5. Thanks for joining us!

04/03/16

RKB re-awarded with D&B Rating Certificate

The D&B Rating Certificate is the quality certification mark for commerce and stands for both reliability and stability. Only two percent of Swiss companies meet the conditions for the D&B Rating Certificate. Among other things, companies issued with this certificate must have been rated in the lowest risk category by D&B for at least 12 months. This commendation authenticates the RKB Group as a trustworthy and attractive business partner, exhibiting a very stable business situation.



RKB D&B Switzerland‘s Top Rating Companies

10/02/16

RKB acquires new lathes for high precision rollers

The roller workshop of RKB T3 Plant has been recently enhanced by the acquisition of two new lathes to manufacture high precision rollers up to 60 mm diameter. Thanks to their latest generation CNC, they provide a much higher machining precision compared to manually controlled or mechanically automated lathes. In addition, such machine tools can turn all types of rollers (cylindrical, tapered and spherical) in an extremely efficient way.



13/01/16

New needle roller bearings for continuous casting applications

The RKB Group has recently added to its product portfolio a brand new series of needle roller bearings specifically designed and manufactured for continuous casting applications. In the last years, the process of continuous casting has been optimized through careful integration of electro-mechanical sensors and computer-control to provide a product with excellent shape and quality. Given the importance of such phase in the metallurgy industry, RKB has studied its new line of needle roller bearings to feature all the technical details required to offer the highest level of reliability, from S3 temperature stabilization treatment for high operating temperature to special microgeometry for smooth operation.

10/12/15

RKB supports education in developing countries

This year, besides renewing the support to the Child Guardian program of Save the Children, the leading independent organization that improves the lives of children through better education, the RKB Group starts a new collaboration with ATKYE (Associazione Ticino Kenia Youth Education), a local charitable association active in Kenya. RKB strongly believes in the importance of education and scholarship as the most effective means to help children worldwide have a better future.

26/11/15

RKB releases updated multilingual documents

The collection of RKB multilingual documents has been enhanced by the release of new pieces of literature, in paper and digital form. The new layout of Product brochures is now available in German, French and Italian. But that's not all! "This is RKB" and "Product Table" have also been translated into German, Russian, Romanian and Bulgarian to better accomplish the world-class attitude of the Group!

All this material can be found in the Publications section of this Web Site.

16/11/15

RKB opens new branch office in Bucharest

RKB announces the opening of RKB Shared Services Centre Srl, its new branch office in Bucharest, Romania. The official opening, which took place on November 1, is part of the company"s global strategy to improve service level and support growth worldwide. The creation of this new office confirms RKB"s absolute commitment to respond more and more efficiently to the current business expansion and improve overall productivity.

10/11/15

New opening of RKB branch office in Turkey

Following the extraordinary sales success of the hi-tech rolling bearings manufactured by RKB in the local market, the Turkish branch of the Swiss Group moved to a larger office to better represent the brand. Besides, the local sales and technical team was reinforced in order to provide a more efficient service to the domestic customers. After all, Turkish economy is the fastest growing economy in Europe, and one of the fastest growing economies in the world.

26/10/15

RKB at Arabal 2015 in Saudi Arabia

Together with its local partner, Gulf Markets International, the RKB Group will be present at the 2015 edition of the Arab International Aluminium Conference and Exhibition (Arabal), which will be held from November 15 to 17 in Dammam (Saudi Arabia). Arabal is the premium trade event for the Middle East‘s aluminium industry and the only conference in the world attended by every single primary aluminium manufacturer in the region. It is the event of choice for anyone interested in the Middle East aluminium industry.

You are very welcome to join us in stand D05!

09/10/15

RKB and ArcelorMittal renew bearing supply contract

For the fourth time in a row, the RKB Bearing Industries Group has renewed with ArcelorMittal the contract for the supply of standard and technological rolling bearings over the next year. RKB is one of the few official premium global partners of ArcelorMittal for the provision of top quality rolling bearings. RKB‘s long experience and first-hand knowledge in designing, engineering and manufacturing rolling bearings for the metals industry are the main reasons for the renewal of the partnership between the two groups.

01/10/15

RKB and ATI Brasil at Intermach 2015 in Joinville

The RKB Group of Switzerland together with ATI Brasil, the commercial partner for the Brazilian market, were present with their own booth at the last edition of the INTERMACH 2015, the International Trade Show & Conference for Technology, Machinery, Equipments, Automation and Services for the Metal-Mechanical Industry in Joinville, Brazil. More than 10 countries are represented biennially, providing a global foresight in the knowledge of technology and engineering, to promote a sustainable industry.

22/09/15

Republished RKB article on gyrofin stabilizer system

Bearing News magazine republished in its fourth issue of the year the technical article "Customized Solution for Gyrofin Stabilizer System" that briefly illustrates the main development phases, from design to manufacture, of a special project carried out by RKB in cooperation with a major European shipbuilding group.

The article can be read directly from here

02/09/15

RKB at Convención Internacional de MinerÍa, Mexico

The 31st edition of the International Mining Congress and Exhibit, which takes place from October 7 to 10, 2015 in Acapulco, Mexico, is organized by the Asociación de Ingenieros de Minas, Metalurgistas y Geólogos de México. This convention has been active since 1955 and has become one of the most important meetings in Latin America. Besides a rich technical program, the fair features an exhibition of mining machinery, equipment and related services. The RKB Group and its local partner DICAVI De México are present at the exhibition with their own booth, showcasing all the rolling bearings specifically engineered and manufactured for the mining industry.

24/07/15

RKB and Techint renew bearing supply contract

The RKB Bearing Industries Group has freshly renewed with Techint the contract for the supply of standard and technological rolling bearings till 2018. RKB is one of the selected premium global partners of Techint for the provision of top quality bearings. RKB‘s long experience and first-hand knowledge in designing, engineering and manufacturing rolling bearings for the metals industry are the main reasons for the renewal of the partnership between the two groups.

01/07/15

Acquired new CNC vertical lathe

RKB T3 Plant has freshly acquired and installed a brand new CNC vertical lathe for medium size bearing rings. The machine tool, which is equipped with FANUC controller and a magnetic plate coming directly from UK, features a maximum turning diameter of 550 mm. The high precision vertical lathe aims at increasing more and more the capacity of RKB T3 Plant to hard turn top quality rings, creating optimal operating efficiency.

27/05/15

RKB introduces new wound bearings for continuous casting plants

After two years of study and on-field trials, the RKB Group finally launches on the market its new line of wound bearings, that combine spring or solid rings with spring or solid rollers (B and BR series). Coming in different configurations according to the customer‘s requirements, the new wound bearings engineered and manufactured by RKB are the products of choice typically for billet, slab, bloom or beam blank casters.

13/05/15

RKB official sponsor of Calcio Montorfano B football team

RKB is the official sponsor of Calcio Montorfano "B", the local team of outdoor football seven-a-side engaged in the regional Championship. The team members, selected from a pool of 20 RKB players mainly from customer service and logistics departments, are hardly trained by salesman Pietro. After an uncertain beginning, Montorfano succeeded in winning the derby against Calcio Montorfano "C". Come on, guys!

16/04/15

RKB at 7th edition of Fornitore Offresi Exhibition (Italy)

Together with G9, one of its local distributors in Italy, the RKB Group was present at Fornitore Offresi, one of the most lively fairs of mechanical supplies in northern Italy. Held in Lariofiere, near the wonderful lake of Como, from February 5 to 7, Fornitore Offresi can count on more than 460 companies looking for new opportunities in the South European mechanical sector.

07/04/15

RKB at CWIEME 2015 in Berlin

The RKB group will be present at the 19th edition of CWIEME fair that will take place from May 5 to 7 in Berlin, Germany. With an annual participation of more than 6500 high-quality trade visitors coming from 78 countries and 750 international exhibitors, CWIEME is the world's leading event for coil winding, electric motor and transformer manufacturing technologies.

You are very welcome to join us in stand 3.1/A49!

20/03/15

RKB re-awarded with D&B Rating Certificate

The D&B Rating Certificate is the quality certification mark for commerce and stands for both reliability and stability. Only two percent of Swiss companies meet the conditions for the D&B Rating Certificate. Among other things, companies issued with this certificate must have been rated in the lowest risk category by D&B for at least 12 months. This commendation authenticates the RKB Group as a trustworthy and attractive business partner, exhibiting a very stable business situation.



RKB D&B Switzerland‘s Top Rating Companies

09/03/15

Prof. Cretu chairman at Balkantrib 2014

Spiridon Cretu, head of the RKB Engineering and Research Department, was the chairman of the "Contact Mechanics" session at Balkantrib 2014, the 8th International Conference on Tribology, which took place in Sinaia (Romania) from last October 30 to November 1. The scope of the conference embraces the state of art and future trends in tribology research and application, emphasizing the necessity of facilitating intellectual collaboration across disciplinary boundaries. In addition, Prof. Cretu presented the paper "The Misalignment and Reference Rating Life of Cylindrical Roller Bearings: an Elastic-Plastic Analysis", he wrote based also on his experience with RKB.

19/01/15

RKB acquires two new Mitutoyo measuring instruments

In order to enhance the capabilities of its metrology room, RKB has recently acquired two additional and special metrological instruments from Mitutoyo: a profile tester and a roughness tester for measuring geometrical and surface parameters of large size bearing components. Mitutoyo is the Japanese world's leading manufacturer of precision measuring equipment and is RKB‘s partner of choice in improving staff skill levels and thus overall product quality.

19/01/15

RKB at EMAF in Leça da Palmeira (Portugal)

The 15th edition of EMAF, International Fair of Machinery, Equipment and Services for Industry, took place last November in the municipality of Matosinhos in the Greater Porto district, coming back as the most important show of the industrial world in Portugal. A number of diverse industrial segments were present in this world-class event, from machine tools to industrial maintenance and robotics, and others. Thanks to the close cooperation between RKB Headquarters and its local partner Dunbelt, the RKB booth turned out to be one of the most popular of the whole exhibition, with a high turnover of visitors.

16/01/15

New article on RKB published in T&T magazine

The new article "Grupul RKB isi continua expansiunea in Europa de Est" has been published in the last issue of "T&T - Tehnica si Tehnologie", one of the most renowned magazines in Romania, and on www.ttonline.ro too. The article highlights the opening of the new Logistics and Distribution Center that the RKB Group freshly opened in the industrial area of Brasov, Romania, as a necessary step in its plans for global expansion.

You can find the article at this link:

Grupul RKB își continuă expansiunea în Europa de Est

07/01/15

More than 1000 likes on our Facebook page! Thanks everybody!

In January the Facebook page of the RKB Bearing Industries Group has crossed the 1000 likes! Woohoo! We would like to thank you for all your support and hope to continue our dedication towards delivering the best products and services to you all. Thanks again for the 1000 likes!.

Thank you all for liking our page.


19/12/14

RKB releases updated multilingual documents

RKB has recently enhanced its collection of multilingual documents. To better satisfy the world-class attitude of the Group, RKB has made available its documents "This is RKB" and "Product Table" also in Bulgarian, Romanian and Russian. All this material can be found in the Publications section of this Web Site.

04/12/14

RKB supports education in developing countries

The cooperation between the RKB Group and the Child Guardian program of Save the Children, the leading independent organization creating lasting change in the lives of children in need around the world, is going full sail ahead in Ethiopia. The Child Guardian program aims at encouraging more children to attend preschool, increase school capacity, and provide more child-centred teacher training. RKB strongly believes in the importance of education and scholarship as the most effective means to help children worldwide have a better future.

03/12/14

RKB announces the opening of its new subsidiary in Romania

The RKB Group expands its direct activities and global network by establishing a new wholly-owned subsidiary in Brasov, Romania, which operates under the name of RKB East Europe Srl. The opening of this new Logistics and Distribution Center is part of RKB‘s strategy to provide East European customers with a single commercial and technical point of access and a full range of RKB bearings in stock, with focus on market specific items.

18/11/14

RKB opens new plant for small size bearings

The RKB Group has finalized the opening of the new MS Plant dedicated to manufacturing miniature and small size ball bearings. The new facility encompasses over 8.000 sqm and features 36 fully automatic production lines, which operate in strictly controlled environmental conditions. Besides, 100% output is controlled by in-line Anderon meters and all manufacturing data is collected by a centralized digital traceability system.

03/11/14

New paper on optimal design of cylindrical roller bearings

The team of Prof. Tudose, the head of RKB Advanced Calculations and Optimization Department, has freshly published the paper "Pareto Approach in Multi-Objective Optimal Design of Single-Row Cylindrical Rolling Bearings" on Mechanisms and Machine Science by Springer. In the paper two objective functions (the basic dynamic radial load rating of the bearing and the minimum thickness of the elastohydrodynamic film between rollers and raceways) are optimized by using multi-objective Evolutionary Algorithms (EAs) in order to obtain the optimal design of a given single-row cylindrical roller bearing.

Pareto Approach in Multi-Objective Optimal Design of Single-Row Cylindrical Rolling Bearings

15/10/14

RKB enhances its collection of multilingual documents

The literature produced by RKB has been recently enhanced by important documents translated into a variety of local languages. To better satisfy the world-class attitude of the Group, RKB has made available its documents "This is RKB" and "Product Table" also in Spanish, Italian and French. All this material can be found in the Publications section of this Web Site.

Download them directly from the links below:

This Is RKB - Product Table
Questa è RKB - Tabella Prodotti
Voici RKB - Table des Produits
Así es RKB - Tabla de Productos

24/09/14

RKB official sponsor at Rallye des Vins-Mâcon

This year RKB was the official sponsor of the Peugeot 206 RC driven by Julien Darbon and Oliver Toneatto at the Rallye des Vins-Mâcon. The 31st edition of the race, one of the most respected car competitions in France, took place on June 14 and 15 and saw the car supported by RKB cross the finish line fourth out of 17 pilots belonging to group FN class 3.

10/09/14

Prof. Cretu Honorary President at World Tribology Congress 2014

As the head of the RKB Engineering and Research Department, Prof. Spiridon Cretu was the Honorary President at the 6th International Conference on Advanced Concepts in Mechanical Engineering (ACME), which took place in Iasi (Romania) on June 12 and 13. The main objective of the meeting was to create the image of future mechanical systems, to initiate research in new areas bordering various research fields and to promote innovation in all its forms. In addition, Prof. Cretu presented the paper "Misalignment Effects in Cylindrical Roller Bearings", which he wrote based also on his long experience with RKB.

04/09/14

RKB and ArcelorMittal renew bearing supply contract

For the third time in a row, the RKB Bearing Industries Group has renewed with ArcelorMittal the contract for the supply of standard and technological rolling bearings over the next year. RKB is one of the four official premium global partners of ArcelorMittal for the provision of top quality bearings. RKB‘s long experience and first-hand knowledge in designing, engineering and manufacturing rolling bearings for the metals industry are the main reasons for the renewal of the partnership between the two groups.

04/08/14

RKB at Expo Usipa 2014 in Ipatinga (Brazil)

The RKB Group of Switzerland, in cooperation with its Brazilian partner, attended the 26th edition of Expo Usipa, which took place in Ipatinga, the municipality located in eastern Minas Gerais state of Brazil. The trade show is well known for providing a distinctive venue for companies wishing to exhibit their technical products for the local mines and minerals industry. The high turnover of visitors revealed once again the strong interest of the Brazilian market in the value-added products of the Swiss Group.

16/06/14

RKB attended KIAE Fair 2014

The RKB Group, together with its local partner RYD Engineering Co. Ltd, attended Kaohsiung Industrial Automation Exhibition trade show last April in Taiwan. KIAE is the first industrial machinery exhibition which is held at Kaohsiung Exhibition Centre and is organized by Economic Daily News. With over 600 exhibitors, the show was mainly visited by manufacturers and end-users of machine tools and industrial machinery. KIAE will help RKB develop Southeast Asian markets and increase product differentiation and marketing internationalization.

19/05/14

New article on Power Transmission World

The well-known magazine Power Transmission World has recently released the article "Roller, Technological and Tailor-made Bearings" on the RKB Group. The article, which consists of an interview to RKB Technical Team Unit Coordinator and Business Development Manager, addresses issues connected to the Group‘s development strategies for the future, the main industrial segments served, and the best manufacturing practices in the production of top quality industrial rolling bearings.

24/03/14

RKB at Gulf Industry Fair 2014

Gulf Industry Fair is the most important and comprehensive industry-related exhibition in the Middle East. The fair, which takes place in the Kingdom of Bahrain, covers the key industries including aluminum, heavy engineering equipment, steel, energy, and manufacturing. Due to the cooperation with its local partner and the direct support of RKB delegates from the European Headquarters, the Group of Switzerland had the chance to arouse interest in both local and foreign visitors for its high-tech rolling bearings.

21/02/14

All you need to know about RKB Group is here!

The RKB Group of Switzerland is proud to present the latest release of "This is RKB" brochure, where you can find almost everything about the Group, updated "Product Table", where the latest executions of the comprehensive portfolio of standard and customized products developed by RKB are summarized, and "Product Brochures", 12 two-page leaflets describing product categories in detail! Check them out and share!

This Is RKB

Product Table

Product Brochures

28/01/14

RKB introduces new one-piece cage design

The new one-piece brass (EMP1) or bronze (EMP1A) cage engineered by RKB offers a number of advantages, including optimized roller contact on the cross piece, enhanced roller retainment, and reduced weight with requisite component resistance and stiffness. Benefits from the one-piece cage are particularly evident in applications involving quick variation of the loads, strong vibrations or high accelerations and centrifugal forces.

14/01/14

New paper on bearing optimal design by prof. Tudose

The new scientific paper "Optimal mass minimization design of a two-stage coaxial helical speed reducer with Genetic Algorithms" by Prof. Lucian Tudose, head of RKB Advanced Calculations and Optimization Department, was published in Elsevier‘s journal Advances in Engineering Software. The paper presents the specific case of the complete automated optimal design with genetic algorithms of a two-stage helical coaxial speed reducer. The objective function was described by a set of 17 mixed design variables and also was subjected to 76 highly non-linear constraints, related also to bearings.

Optimal Mass Minimization Design of a Two-Stage Coaxial Helical Speed Reducer with Genetic Algorithms

13/12/13

RKB releases article on bearing lubrication

RKB published in its Technical Review the article "Proper Lubricant Selection for Rolling Bearing Applications". Adequate selection of lubricant is a decisive task in achieving the maximum possible bearing life for a certain application. In this paper, Prof. Lucian Tudose and Prof. Cristina Tudose, members of the Advanced Calculations and Optimization Department of the Swiss Group, after introducing bearing lubrication from a theoretical point of view, present RKB software tool dedicated to the proper selection of lubricants.

Proper Lubricant Selection for Rolling Bearing Applications

09/12/13

RKB supports education in developing countries

The cooperation between the RKB Group and the Child Guardian program of Save the Children, the leading independent organization creating lasting change in the lives of children in need around the world, is going full sail ahead in Ethiopia. The Child Guardian program aims at encouraging more children to attend preschool, increase school capacity, and provide more child-centred teacher training. RKB strongly believes in the importance of education and scholarship as the most effective means to help children worldwide have a better future.

02/12/13

RKB hosts 4Seasons Standing Lunch Event in Balerna

On November 12 RKB Executive Headquarters turned into the venue for the fourth Standing Lunch Event organized by the Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Handicraft and Services of Ticino Canton. During this event, the attendees had the chance to be in contact with some of the most lively businesses of Southern Switzerland and exchange views about global economic outlook.

25/11/13

RKB at Gulf Industry Fair 2013

Gulf Industry Fair is the most important and comprehensive industry-related exhibition in the Middle East. The fair, which was held in the Kingdom of Bahrain, covers the key industrial segments including aluminum, heavy engineering equipment, steel, energy, and manufacturing. Due to the cooperation with its local partner and the direct support from Switzerland, the RKB Group had the chance to arouse interest in both local and foreign visitors for its high-tech rolling bearings.

21/11/13

RKB at Metal-Expo 2013 in Moscow

RKB joined the 19th edition of Metal-Expo, the International Industrial Exhibition which was held from November 12 to 15 in Moscow. The trade show, which brought together the leading players of the metals industry, saw the participation of the RKB Group of Switzerland in cooperation with its local partner. The event was an excellent showcase for the high-tech rolling bearings manufactured by RKB. The high turnover of visitors revealed once again the strong interest of the Russian market in the value-added products of the Swiss Group.

25/10/13

RKB announces new cage design for mud pump bearings

After a long and successful case history, the RKB Group has recently launched a new pressed steel cage type, centered on the long rollers and specifically studied for the crosshead bearings of mud pumps, which also feature isothermal bainite treatment (HB) to withstand high levels of shocks. Based on its long-standing experience in the drilling rig sector, RKB offers a full line of eccentric, driveshaft and crankshaft bearings designed to fit the most sophisticated pump designs currently in service.

08/10/13

RKB at MSV trade fair in Brno (Czech Republic)

The RKB Group, together with its local partner VK Loziska, is at the 2013 edition of MSV, the international engineering fair taking place in Brno (Czech Republic) from October 7 to 11. The exhibition represents the leading industrial trade fair in central Europe with annual participation reaching more than 75000 visitors from 59 countries worldwide.
You are very welcome to join RKB in Hall G1, Stand 087!

04/10/13

Prof. Cretu chairman at World Tribology Congress 2013

Spiridon Cretu, head of the RKB Engineering and Research Department, held the "Rolling Bearings 1" session at the World Tribology Congress, which took place in Turin (Italy) from September 8 to 13. The main objective of the meeting was to provide a unique opportunity of discussion concerning recent progresses in different aspects of tribology and strengthen the link between academy and industry. In addition, Prof. Cretu, during "Rolling Bearing 2" session, presented the paper "An Elastic-Plastic Approach on Misalignment Effects in Cylindrical Roller Bearings", he wrote based also on his long experience with RKB.

17/09/13

RKB at Intermach exhibition

The RKB Group, together with its local partner A.T.I. Brasil, joined the ninth edition of Intermach, International Fair and Congress of Technology, Machinery, Equipment, Automation and Services for Metal-mechanics, the largest fair in metalworking in southern Brazil. The exhibition, which took place in Joinville from September 9 to 13, was an incredibly effective tool to promote RKB production program and to expand business activities in the Brazilian market.

13/09/13

New integrated protocol for large size TQO bearings

After two years of intensive research, the R&D Department of the RKB Group has finalized a new integrated protocol for optimized heat treatment and machining of large size, heavy series four-row taper roller bearings. The program, which includes the latest findings in oil quenching and steel machining, aims at increasing and making more uniform the layer of case hardened steel of TQO bearings in order to extend their service life in presence of heavy loads and shocks.

04/09/13

RKB renews Donbass Arena sponsorship

The RKB Group renews the sponsorship of the Donbass Arena football stadium in Donetsk (Ukraine), in the Ukrainian Championship and Cup. The facility, which was opened in August 2009, is located in the center of the city and hosts FC Shakhtar Donetsk matches. It also represents one of the most popular aggregation points in the whole of the city.

29/08/13

RKB at BAUMA Africa 2013 in Johannesburg

The RKB Group will attend, together with its local partner Drivetec Maintenance and Engineering, the first edition of BAUMA Africa 2013, the International Trade Fair for Construction Machinery, Building Material Machines, Mining Machines and Construction Vehicles. The premiere of the exhibition, which takes place in Johannesburg from September 18 to 21, represents an excellent showcase for the high-tech rolling bearings manufactured by RKB for the mines and mineral industry. You are welcome to join RKB in Hall 5, Stand 400!

27/08/13

New article on RKB activity in Spain

The article "RKB: Desde Suiza con Precisiòn" was published in the special issue "¿Quièn es quièn en la economìa vasca?" released by Empresa XXI, one of the most renowned economic magazines in Spain. The article introduces the RKB Group, its organizational system, and the main industrial segments it serves as a premium manufacturer of rolling bearings in the heavy industry. You can find the article under the Publications section of this Web Site.

16/07/13

RKB develops special track roller units

RKB developed a new special project involving track roller units (316977 CAC) for sinter pallet car wheels, in cooperation with a leading company in minerals and metals processing technology. This special configuration, which includes also a paired set of taper roller bearings to carry axial loads, is expressly studied to be highly functional and reliable, and ensure long life and stable operation, while minimizing maintenance costs. In addition, the stabilizing heat treatment, the fluoroelastomer seals, and the special EP grease permit satisfactory operation at high temperatures and in contaminated environments.

10/07/13

RKB accomplishes new training seminar in Mexico

The RKB CRM director for Latin America, supported by a senior member of the Technical Team Unit of the Swiss Group, has recently held a 4-hour training course at the most important integrated steel company in the whole of Mexico. The objective of the seminar was to update the technical personnel of the facility about the latest bearing designs and advancements in manufacturing technology and the best practices to be followed in the metals industry.

09/07/13

RKB at Ugol-Rossii & Mining 2013 in Novokuznetsk

The RKB Group attended, together with its Russian partner Euroflex, the 20th edition of Ugol-Rossii & Mining, the most important trade fair for mining technology, exploration, underground mining and open-cast mining, mineral processing and coal preparation in Russia. The event, which took place from June 4 to 7 in Novokuznetsk, was an excellent showcase for the high-tech rolling bearings manufactured by RKB for the mines and mineral industry. The high turnover of visitors revealed once again the strong interest of the Russian market in the value-added products of the RKB Group of Switzerland.

08/07/13

New article published in Swiss magazine

The new article "RKB: Affidabilità Prima di Tutto" has been published in the last issue of Opinione Liberale, one of the most renewed magazines in Switzerland. The article consists of an interview with RKB Commercial Director, that introduces the Group, its organizational system, the best practices it follows to manufacture top quality industrial rolling bearings and the expectations for the future. You can find the article under the "Publications" section of this Web Site.

02/07/13

New article on RKB operations in Russia

New article on the RKB Group and its activities in the Russian Confederation, also thanks to its regional partner Euroflex. The article, published on www.metportal.ru, describes the best manufacturing practices adopted by RKB and its comprehensive range of industrial rolling bearings for the most demanding industries in the whole of Russia. You can find the articles under the Publications section of this Web Site.

Качество Проверенное Временем

04/06/13

RKB joins World of Industry (WIN) Metal Working 2013

World of Industry (WIN) is one of the most important exhibitions in the metal working industry in whole of Eurasian region. Under the supervision of our CRM Director for the Asia and Middle East area, RKB Turkey will attend with its own stand the event, which will take place in Istanbul (Turkey) from June 6 to 9.
You are welcome to join RKB in Hall 3, Stand C160!

31/05/13

RKB at Tabriz International Exhibition

Together with its local partner, the RKB Group attended the 18th International Building Materials and Construction Machinery and Equipment Trade Fair of Iran, which was held in Tabriz from May 8 to 11. The fair represents one of the most important events for the construction industry, where the operating conditions can be extremely severe. Reliability, high technology and productivity are the main characteristics of the rolling bearings manufactured by RKB for this sector.

29/05/13

RKB at CWIEME 2013 in Berlin

The 17th edition of CWIEME Berlin gathers the largest number of coil winding industry manufacturers and suppliers from over 40 countries. The show, which takes place in Berlin (Germany) from June 4 to 6, attracts more than 700 exhibitors from across the globe and over 5000 visitors giving it an international reach that no other show can match. As one of the global leading manufacturers of top quality rolling bearings, RKB exhibits at Stand 4.2/4531.

28/05/13

New article on RKB bearings for gearboxes of concrete mixers

The technical article "Cuscinetti Volventi Ottimizzati per la Trasmissione nelle Betoniere" is the result of the cooperation between the Advanced Calculation and Optimization Department and the Research and Engineering Department of the RKB Group and illustrates the steps taken by RKB to develop a customized rolling bearing in co-engineering with a leading European manufacturer of gearboxes for concrete mixers. The article was published in two parts by Organi di Trasmissione, one of the most renowned Italian technical magazines. You can find the articles under the Publications section of this Web Site.

14/05/13

RKB at AISTech 2013 in Pittsburgh (PA)

RKB joined the 2013 edition of AISTech, the Iron and Steel Technology Conference and Exposition that was held in Pittsburgh, PA (USA) from May 6 to 9. This fair is one of the best opportunities to meet face-to-face with the professionals associated with the production and processing of iron and steel. As one of the leading manufacturers of premium quality rolling bearings for the metals industry, the RKB Group co-exhibited with Ritbearing at Booth 2144.

13/05/13

RKB at Project Qatar 2013 in Doha

The RKB Group attended the 10th edition of Project Qatar, the International Construction, Building, Environmental Technology and Materials Exhibition that took place in Doha (Qatar) from May 6 to 9. The event attracts key buyers and industry leaders looking for the most up-to-date technology and state-of-the art equipment available on the market. As one of the leading manufacturers of top quality rolling bearings for the construction industry, RKB co-exhibited with Orbit Trading & Contracting in Hall 4, Stand U84.

29/04/13

New lines of small size bearings for high speed operation

In cooperation with a leading OEM of electric motors for vacuum cleaners, the RKB Group has developed and manufactured two new series of small size bearings endowed with a special cage made from reinforced nylon. Thanks to the RKB Super Speed Cage (SSC), the 60/3.175 ZZMC3V3A5L21 and 60/3.175 ZZMC3V3A5L66N bearings are able to ensure smooth and noiseless operation at extremely high speeds, dramatically improving the performance offered by standard steel cages.

15/04/13

RKB technical article republished

Since large size bearings play an essential role in proper operation of complex machinery, their design and production call for wise quality-oriented decisions by the manufacturer, under pain of unexpected faults or, still worse, machine downtimes. In this regard, the well-known technical magazine www.ttonline.ro republished the article "RKB: big dimensions require expertise" to depict the best practices followed by the RKB Group in manufacturing top quality large size rolling bearings. You can find the article under the "Publications" section of this Web Site.

RKB: big dimensions require expertise

23/04/13

RKB at BAUMA 2013 in Munich

The RKB Group attended the 30th edition of BAUMA, the International Trade Fair for Construction Machinery, Building Material Machines, Mining Machines, Construction Vehicles and Construction Equipment that was held in Munich (Germany) from April 15 to 21. As one of the leading manufacturers of top quality rolling bearings for the heavy industry, RKB co-exhibited with Perlini Equipment in Hall B4, Stand 109/210.

09/04/13

RKB attends Made in Steel 2013 in Milan

Last week the RKB Group joined with its one booth the fifth edition of the Made in Steel Exhibition in Milan (Italy). Channeling the whole iron and steel industry and gathering producers, distributors, users and the whole world that lives "of" and "for" steel are the main goals of this well-known international trade fair. Thanks to its long-standing experience in manufacturing top-quality rolling bearings for the steel industry, once again, the RKB stand turned out to be one of the most popular focus of interest of the whole exhibition, with a high turnover of visitors.

22/03/13

RKB announces reinforcement of overall laboratories capacity

The RKB Group has finalized the update of the metallographic and metallurgical laboratories in its Executive Headquarters and Technological Center in Balerna (Switzerland). The reinforcement of the laboratories has involved the whole quality system, including infrastructure, equipment and human resources. By implementing an integrated approach, RKB aims to enhance laboratory operations and meet the goal of evaluating and controlling steel cleanliness more and more efficiently, in order to provide customers with top-quality rolling bearings.

18/03/13

RKB manufactures one the largest ever sealed SRB

The RKB Group has successfully designed, optimized and manufactured one of the largest ever spherical roller bearings with integrated lateral seals. The bearing (440 mm bore diameter) has been expressly realized for operation in extremely contaminated environments (mineral processing). The special seals studied by the Research and Engineering Department of the RKB Group have a crucial impact on bearing performance, by preventing foreign matter from entering and efficiently retaining lubricant.

12/03/13

RKB T3 Plant acquires new large size CMM

The metrological laboratory of the RKB T3 Plant has been recently enhanced by the acquisition of a new large size coordinate measuring machine (CMM) in addition to the existing ones. The high precision Zeiss-branded machine is able to measure big size workpieces using point-by-point and continuous scanning methods and is particularly tolerant to temperature variations and environment humidity.

07/03/13

RKB receives D&B Rating Certificate

The D&B Rating Certificate is the quality certification mark for commerce and stands for both reliability and stability. Only two percent of Swiss companies meet the conditions for the D&B Rating Certificate. Among other things, to be issued with this certificate a company must have been rated in the lowest risk category by D&B for at least 12 months. This commendation authenticates the RKB Group as a trustworthy and attractive business partner, exhibiting a very stable business situation.



RKB D&B Switzerland‘s Top Rating Companies

18/02/13

RKB at event on social networks and international trade

The Director of International Sales of the RKB Group has been invited as a key-note speaker to the event "Social Networks in International Trade" organized by the Chamber of Commerce of Ticino Canton (Switzerland). In particular, the case of success of RKB in the use of the social networks to share technical knowledge, develop trade opportunities worldwide and keep customers and partners always up-to-date was accurately reported to the audience.

13/02/13

RKB develops AOB bearings for small size wind turbines

The RKB Group has developed new application optimized bearings expressly designed for the main rotor shaft of small size wind turbines (60 kW horizontal axis direct drive). This special set of matched angular contact ball bearings has been developed according to the set-right protocol to facilitate the mounting and adjusting operations. Many features in terms of material, design, manufacturing technology and surface treatment have been adopted to increase the overall bearing performance, even in moderately windy sites. Besides, three more positions have been designed, engineered and produced to offer the customer a turnkey solution.

06/02/13

RKB takes new important step in South African market

Thanks to the efforts of its South African partner, Drivetec Maintenance & Engineering, the RKB Group has made a significant step in the African market, by being awarded with a 3-year contract with two important plants of ArcelorMittal for the supply of standard and technological bearings. Constant commitment to quality and service has led to this remarkable achievement and contributed to making RKB one of the most appreciated bearing sources also in the South African market.

30/01/13

New paper on the role of roughness by prof. Cretu

The presentation of a new scientific article on the importance of roughness has been held in July by prof. Spiridon Cretu, head of the RKB Engineering and Research Department, at the 11th biennial conference on Engineering Systems Design and Analysis (ESDA) of ASME 2012 in Nantes (France). The paper, entitled "Pressures Distributions and Depth Stresses Developed in Concentrated Contacts Between Elements with Non-Gaussian Rough Surfaces" deals with the crucial topic of optimized roughness to extend bearing rating life. The document can be downloaded from the "Publications" section of this Web Site.

Pressures Distributions and Depth Stresses Developed in Concentrated Contacts Between Elements with Non-Gaussian Rough Surfaces

21/01/13

RKB supports education in Haiti

The cooperation between the RKB Group and the Child Guardian program of Save the Children, the leading independent organization creating lasting change in the lives of children in need around the world, is going full sail ahead. The Child Guardian program aims at encouraging more children to attend preschool, increase school capacity, and provide more child-centred teacher training. RKB strongly believes in the importance of education and scholarship as the most effective means to help children worldwide have a better future.

08/01/13

350 new part numbers developed in 2012

In 2012 the RKB Group has developed over 350 new part numbers and more than 300 enhanced versions of existing designs and executions. These figures emphasize the commitment of the Research and Engineering Department as well as of the Advanced Calculations and Optimization Department to guarantee the best possible performances of all RKB rolling bearings, according to the latest findings in the field.

17/12/12

New article on bearing optimization via evolutionary algorithms

The RKB Group has been using evolutionary algorithms for long, well aware that optimized products can make a difference in performance compared to the other producers. The article "Optimal Design of Rolling-Contact Bearings Via Evolutionary Algorithms" is a brief review of the main aspects of the optimal design and a report on the achievements of the RKB Advanced Calculations and Optimization Department in the field. The article was also published in Organi di Trasmissione Italian magazine. The documents are available for download under the Publications section of this Web Site.

English: Optimal Design of Rolling-Contact Bearings Via Evolutionary Algorithms

Italian: La Progettazione Ottimale dei Cuscinetti Mediante Algoritmi Evolutivi

07/12/12

RKB enhances its range of WOR bearings

The heavy construction industry uses a big variety of highly specialized vehicles, such as concrete mixer trucks, that operate in the most rugged and adverse conditions, yet still require low-friction operation. For this very reason, the RKB spherical roller bearings WOR series, with wider outer ring, are expressly developed and engineered to accommodate large angular deflection between mixing drum and driving gear in case of misalignment. In addition, the RKB Group has recently enhanced its range of WOR bearings for both MRO applications and OEM programs by means of a new customized item (110x180x75/84 mm).

23/11/12

New article on special bearings for cement industry

The technical article "Optimized Engineering Solution for Concrete Mixer Gearbox" is the result of the cooperation between the Advanced Calculation and Optimization Department and the Research and Engineering Department of the RKB Group and illustrates the steps taken by RKB to develop a customized rolling bearing in co-engineering with a leading European manufacturer of gearboxes for concrete mixers. The article was also published in Quarry&Construction Italian magazine. You can find the articles under the Publications section of this Web Site.

English: Optimized Engineering Solution for Concrete Mixer Gearbox
Italian: Imperativo: Massima Affidabilità

15/11/12

RKB joins Mecminas 2012 in Belo Horizonte

The RKB Group of Switzerland, in cooperation with its Brazilian partner, attended the 10th edition of Mecminas, one of the largest fairs of Latin America pertaining to the metals and mechanical industries. The expo, which is a huge platform where professionals can come to know about all the new mechanics of these sectors and thus keep themselves updated, turned out to be an excellent showcase for the high-tech rolling bearings manufactured by RKB. The high turnover of visitors revealed once again the strong interest of South America markets in the value-added products of the Swiss Group.

09/11/12

RKB produces the largest ever SRB with pressed steel cage

The RKB Group has successfully designed and manufactured the largest ever spherical roller bearing with pressed steel cage (CC) and ribless inner ring in the world. The 240/560 ECCW33XS1VL bearing, with bore diameter of 560 mm, has been expressly realized for operation in heavy duty conditions, where the relevant axial loads acting on the inner ring flanges may lead to fractures and premature failures. A stricter sorting of the rollers, manufactured according to the RKB Tough Roller Technology, in combination with a new design concept and RKB premium steel with special bainite heat treatment, permit to obtain much higher toughness, resistance and reliability, and longer average service life.

29/10/12

RKB develops new design bearing plugs

The RKB Group has developed a new line of filling plugs (suffix W77) to improve the protection efficiency of the standard spherical roller bearings operating in applications of the cement Industry. Plugged bearings dramatically decrease the detrimental effects of the suspended dust particles typical of the workplaces where such machines are usually run, in which tight fit in housing and adjacent labyrinth seals are not enough to prevent foreign matter from entering. The main material used for W77 plugs is a special bronze alloy expressly studied and conceived for this protecting purpose.

25/10/12

New brochure on RKB bearings for railway applications

The RKB Group expressly designs and manufactures the rolling bearings dedicated to the railway industry to ensure smooth transportation operations all over the world. The engineering know-how and production skills gained over time as well as the international approval from many key customers of the sector have made of RKB an eligible source of top quality products and services for the specific needs of the railway players. The brochure can be downloaded from the "Publications" section of this Web Site.



11/10/12

RKB attends KISNON 2012 in Seoul

Korea International Steel & Nonferrous Metal Industry Expo (KISNON) is one of the leading trade shows in South Korea and, this year, took place from 19 to 22 September. Due to the participation of world-leading steelmakers such as Posco, Hyundai Steel and Dongkuk Steel, KISNON Expo has become a keynote event for the steel and nonferrous industries in Asia. Thanks to the close cooperation between the RKB partner in South Korea and RKB representatives from the Headquarters, the booth of the Swiss Group exceeded the expectations of the numerous visitors.

05/10/12

RKB extends QC operations in Swiss Headquarters

The operations of the Quality Control Department at the RKB Executive Headquarters and Technological Center in Balerna (Switzerland) have been recently extended and further improved with the acquisition of additional equipment for the advanced control of rolling bearings. All these instruments are operated by the skilled engineers of the RKB QC team, that constantly works according to the Total Quality Policy of the Swiss Group. More information on this topic is available in the document "Multi-Level Quality Control System for Rolling Bearings" that you can find in the "Publications" section of this Web Site.

28/09/12

RKB participation at MMMM at full throttle

MMMM (Minerals, Metals, Metallurgy and Materials) is the most significant trade show in the Indian minerals, metals and materials market and serves as an ideal B2B platform for companies to forge meaningful business partnerships. Under the coordination of RKB India, the Indian branch of the Swiss Group, the RKB stand was one of the most appreciated of the whole exhibition, with an outstanding turnover of illustrious visitors, among whom the premium steelmakers Jindal, Essar and Tata.



18/09/12

New article on roller profile evolution by prof. Cretu

Prof. Spiridon Cretu, head of the Engineering and Research Department of RKB, has presented his scientific paper "An Elastic-Plastic Analysis of Profile Evolution in Cylindrical Roller Bearings" at the 11th biennial conference on Engineering Systems Design and Analysis (ESDA) of ASME 2012 in Nantes (France). By proposing a comparison between crowned (ZB) and logarithm profiles, the article addresses the major issue of roller profile as a key element to attain a longer rating life for both cylindrical and tapered roller bearings. The document can be found under the "Publications" section of this Web Site.

An Elastic-Plastic Analysis of Profile Evolution in Cylindrical Roller Bearings

12/09/12

RKB extends its range of split spherical roller bearings

The RKB heavy duty split spherical roller bearings (SSRB) are designed to meet the special challenges of the aggregate industry. These bearings employ a convenient arrangement for easy on-site assembly into applications that often have only seasonal maintenance. Not only is access limited to related shafts/housings, but shutting down to change bearings is usually not an option, making bearing life a prime consideration. The SSRB 321606AA is one of the compact series produced by RKB with main boundary dimensions of 140x230x53/102 mm.

03/09/12

RKB Europe reconfirms ISO certifications

Once again, the Executive Headquarters and Technological center of the RKB Group has been rewarded by URS (UK) with the following ISO certifications related to its management system:

- ISO/TS 16949: Quality Management System - Heavy automotive
- ISO 9001: Quality Management System
- ISO 14001: Environmental Management System
- OHSAS 18001: Health and Safety Management System
- ISO 10002: Complaint Handling System
- ISO 27001: Security Management System

These certifications, which are integral part of the Total Quality Approach of the Group, are available for download under the "Certifications" section of this Web Site.

30/07/12

RKB manufactures 23184 KECCW33XS1

The RKB Group keeps on developing its skills in producing big size spherical roller bearings with pressed steel cage. The capability to manufacture rolling bearings of such dimensions (420 mm bore diameter) with pressed steel cage derives from the long-standing experience of RKB and its leading-edge manufacturing technology. These two factors put the Swiss Group in the same bracket as the few market leaders that can currently meet similar technical requirements.

25/07/12

RKB co-engineers new sealed TQO for high-speed operation

The development process of this new sealed four-row taper roller bearing, carried out in cooperation with a leading steelmaking company, has led to the creation of a new TQOS design that makes this type of product particularly appropriate for the latest generation cold rolling mills working at high speeds (up to 1000 rpm).

16/07/12

Ticino Management releases new article on RKB

"RKB: I Sarti del Cuscinetto" is the article that Ticino Management, the most appreciated business and economic magazine of the Ticino Canton, has freshly dedicated to the RKB Group. The article presents the Swiss group, its organizational system, and the best practices it follows to manufacture top quality industrial rolling bearings. You can find and read it under the "Publications" section of this Web Site.

RKB: I Sarti del Cuscinetto

13/07/12

RKB attends M-Tech 2012 in Japan

M-Tech is Japan's largest exhibition in the field of bearings and other mechanical parts that attracts a significant number of professionals from design, development, manufacturing, production engineering, procurement and quality control departments, who are looking for solutions for their businesses. Thanks to the coordination of the Swiss Headquarters and the collaboration of its local partner, the RKB stand was one of the most appreciated of the trade show and proved to be an excellent showcase for the high tech rolling bearings manufactured by the RKB Group of Switzerland.

09/07/12

New article on fake bearings published in Organi di Trasmissione

Counterfeit bearings have become a big issue worldwide. In its last issue, the technical magazine Organi di Trasmissione has tried to shed some light on this phenomenon thanks to the cooperation of the Director of International Sales of the RKB Group. To avoid fake bearings it‘s crucial to buy RKB products only from authorized sources that can exhibit the official Certificate of Appointment released by the RKB Group of Switzerland. This document was thought as a valid support to help customers buy only genuine RKB products. The article can be found in the "Publications" section of this Web Site.

Contraffazione: un Fenomeno Illegale dalle Dimensioni Globali

RKB Publications

RKB Recommendation #13

06/07/12

Prof. Spiridon Cretu chairman of 5th ACME International Conference

As the head of the Research and Engineering Department of the RKB Group, prof. Spiridon Cretu has opened the 5th International Conference on Advanced Concepts in Mechanical Engineering that took place last June in Iasi. In this occasion, Prof. Cretu had also the chance to present his last scientific study "An Elastic-Plastic Analysis and Rating Lives Evaluation on Profile Evolution in Roller Bearings" on the key role of state-of-the-art roller profiles in bearing performance.

02/07/12

RKB attends Machinery for Metallurgy in Ukraine

Under the supervision of the Director of International Sales and the reference application engineer, and the coordination of its regional branch, the RKB Group has attended with its own booth "Machinery for Metallurgy 2012", the leading trade fair in the field of metallurgy in Ukraine. With over 200 exhibitors and an area of 5000 sqm, the exhibition has proved to be an excellent showcase for the RKB rolling bearings dedicated to this specific industrial segment.

21/06/12

New article about RKB published in Quarry&Construction

The new article entitled "RKB: dalla Svizzera con Precisione" has been published in the April issue of Quarry&Construction, the leading Italian magazine for the mining industry. The article presents the RKB Group, its product segments and the corporate multilevel quality control system it uses to manufacture premium quality industrial rolling bearings. You can find the article under the "Publications" section of this Web Site.

RKB: dalla Svizzera con Precisione

15/06/12

RKB engineers special bearing type for marble machines

The Technical Department of RKB has recently developed and engineered a new design for bearings to be used in marble wire cutting machines. Among other technical features, these application optimized bearings, series 618, have an innovative injection moulded glass fiber reinforced polyamide 6,6 cage to permit a more efficient lubrication flow, which means a longer service life.

11/06/12

RKB continues supporting education in developing countries

The cooperation between the RKB Group and the Child Guardian program of Save the Children, the leading independent organization creating lasting change in the lives of children in need around the world, is going full sail ahead. The Child Guardian program aims at encouraging more children to attend preschool, increase school capacity, and provide more child-centred teacher training. RKB strongly believes in the importance of education and scholarship as the most effective means to help children worldwide have a better future.

04/06/12

RKB attends Mecànica 2012 in São Paulo

In cooperation with its Brazilian partner, the RKB Group has joined the latest edition of Mecânica Trade Fair, the most traditional industrial event in Latin America. Also in this occasion, the trade fair, which took place in Sâo Paulo, has proved to be an excellent opportunity to launch the latest products and technologies of RKB on the South American markets. The high turnover of both domestic and foreign visitors revealed once again the strong interest of such markets in the value-added rolling bearings manufactured by RKB.

31/05/12

RKB enhances its collection of multilingual documents

The collection of technical and commercial publications produced by RKB has been recently enhanced by the addition of important documents translated into a variety of national languages. To better satisfy the world-class attitude of the Group, RKB has finally made available a part of its documentation also in Japanese, Bulgarian and Macedonian. All this material can be found in the "Publications" section of this Web Site.

RKB Publications

22/05/12

New article on RKB published in AITI Flash

The new article "RKB: Tecnologia Svizzera per l‘Industria Pesante" has been published in the last issue of AITI Flash, the magazine of the Ticino Industries Association, an independent organization headquartered in Lugano and established in 1962 to promote and support industries in the Ticino Canton. The article introduces the RKB Group, its organizational system, and the best practices it follows to manufacture top quality industrial rolling bearings. You can find the article under the "Publications" section of this Web Site.

RKB Publications

14/05/12

RKB strengthens operations in Indian market

The operations of RKB in India have been remarkably strengthened in the last months, also thanks to the opening of the new "shop" of the Swiss Group Indian branch in Nagdevi Cross Lane 40, Mumbai. Moreover, the stock of RKB India has been greatly enlarged and enhanced with technological bearings to better serve the local fast growing and demanding heavy duty industries (in particular metals, mines and minerals, marine and offshore, and power transmission).

07/05/12

RKB T3 Plant signs big contract for steel procurement

RKB has recently closed an important deal with one of its authorized steelmakers for the procurement of more than 500 tons of extremely clean steel (RKB RAV Protocol) for the manufacture of its rolling bearings. In the last decade the Swiss Group has made great strides in the field of bearing materials and heat treatments, which ultimately define the product quality. The long-standing cooperation with the top-class steel manufacturers around the world has given RKB Bearing Industries a unique understanding of material development for rolling bearings.

30/04/12

New RKB technical conference in Northern Italy

On Friday 11 May 2012, from 5.30 pm on, RKB Europe, in cooperation with BRS Automazioni Srl, one of its authorized distributors for Northern Italy, has organized a new technical conference to introduce its own products to the players of the local market. The meeting will address also the subject of rolling bearings for wind turbines by an illustrious professor of the University of Padua. To join for free the meeting and after-meeting activities please contact: info@brsautomazioni.it

23/04/12

RKB co-engineers new TQO with oil-mist lubrication for high-speed requirements

The development process of this new four-row taper roller bearing, conducted in cooperation with a leading manufacturing company of the steel industry, has led to the creation of a new TQO design, featuring special technical characteristics that make this product particularly suitable for operation at high speeds (up to 1200 rpm), like in the latest generation cold rolling mills.

20/04/12

RKB accomplishes new training seminar in South-East Asia

The RKB CRM director for Asia and Middle East, supported by a member of the Technical Team Unit of the Swiss Group, has recently held a 3-hour training seminar at one of the major steelmakers in South-East Asia. The objective of the seminar has been to present the latest achievements of RKB in terms of design, engineering and manufacture of rolling bearings for the steel industry.



16/04/12

New technical article on the importance of bearing steel cleanliness

In the issue of April 2012, Organi di Trasmissione, one of the most important Italian specialist magazines, has published the article entitled "Cuscinetti ad alte prestazioni: è tutta questione di acciaio!" written by one of the skilled metallurgists of the RKB Group. The paper aims at providing a preliminary introduction to the role of quality steels for the manufacture of high-performance rolling bearings. The article can be downloaded from the "Publications" section of this Web Site.

RKB Publications

11/04/12

New RKB article on bearings for wind turbines

The sector magazine "Componenti Industriali" has just published the new article "Geometrie interne, materiali e trattamenti superficiali in primo piano nei cuscinetti per l‘eolico" written by the RKB Technical Department on the importance of inner geometry optimization, materials and surface treatments for the correct performance of wind turbine bearings. The author also addresses the crucial role of software systems for 2D/3D modeling and advanced simulations. The article can be downloaded from the "Publications" section of this Web Site.

RKB Publications

04/04/12

New special project with RKB split spherical roller bearings

RKB has lately finalized a special project in the metal industry by engineering and manufacturing a customized series of large size split spherical roller bearings for the drive shaft balancing device of a rolling mill. This type of product is mainly used where bearing replacement would need additional and costly work, involving the removal of other mechanical components. This way, customers may reduce machine downtime and overall costs. Further details on the "SSRB" project can be found in the "Special Projects" section of this Web Site.



RKB Special Projects

03/04/12

New special project for horizontal mill press rolls

The RKB Group has freshly accomplished an important project in co-engineering with the technical department of one of the leading producers of horizontal mills for the cement industry. In particular, the rolling bearings manufactured by RKB were engineered and optimized to withstand short skewing loads between rolls of high-locking presses for grinding cement clinker. Further details on the "H.M. 1" project can be found in the "Special Projects" section of this Web Site.



RKB Special Projects

19/03/12

RKB reinforces pro-active maintenance activities

The RKB Bering Industries Group has freshly reinforced its after sales activities in terms of machine condition monitoring. Understanding the data originating from the diagnostic pulse by means of the most advanced technologies mastered by skilled personnel represents the most effective way to provide early warning of bearing deterioration and root out damage possibilities. The valued-added and ISO standard compliant service of vibration monitoring offered by RKB is today‘s best solution to diagnose general machine condition, thus increasing overall productivity and decreasing operating costs.

08/03/12

RKB defines special protocol for high speed TQO/TQOS bearings

Thanks to the adoption of the latest manufacturing technology, that enables to reach tighter allowances, the RKB Group has developed a new production protocol for TQO/TQOS bearings specifically designed for high speed applications, particularly cold rolling mills for the steel and aluminum industries. The RKB special protocol for high speed four-row taper roller bearings (unsealed and sealed) permits to extend the service life of TQO/TQOS operating in such critical conditions.

06/03/12

New special project for vertical mill MPS Series

In the cement industry, vertical mills MPS Series are used to grind bulk materials that remarkably differ in terms of grindability and abrasiveness. In virtue of its long-standing experience in the sector, the RKB Group has recently provided one of the world-premium manufacturers of vertical crushers with a series of large size technological bearings expressly designed for high and very high throughput rates. Further details on the "V.M. 2" project can be found in the "Special Projects" section of this Web Site.



RKB Special Projects

27/02/12

RKB releases new brochure on Phosphate Treatment

RKB has issued its new technical brochure on Phosphate Treatment (PT), which is a thermo-chemical coating treatment in which the bearing components made of steel are immersed in a dilute solution of phosphoric acid and manganese phosphate. The intrinsic lubricating properties of the manganese phosphate coating and its capacity to absorb a remarkable amount of lubricant favor an easier running-in by creating a non-metallic barrier between the bearing components. This way, it provides a superior resistance to friction, corrosion and wear. The brochure can be downloaded from the "Publications" section of this Web Site.

RKB Publications

15/02/12

RKB joins Gulf Industry Fair 2012

Gulf Industry Fair 2012 is the fourth edition of the most important and comprehensive industry-related exhibition in the Middle East. The fair, that took place in the Kingdom of Bahrain, covers the key industrial segments including aluminum, heavy engineering equipment, steel, energy, and manufacturing. Thanks to its local partner and the direct support of the RKB Executive Headquarters of Balerna (Switzerland), the RKB Group had the chance to arouse interest in both local and foreign visitors for its high-tech rolling bearings.

06/02/12

RKB attends World of Industry 2012

World of Industry (WIN) is one of the most important exhibitions in the manufacturing industry in whole of Eurasian region. Under the coordination of our CRM Director for the Asia and Middle East area, RKB Turkey, the Turkish branch of the RKB Bearing Industries Group, attended with its own booth the last edition of this mega-event. Like in all previous editions, the first part of WIN 2012 revealed once again the strong interest of both domestic and foreign visitors in the value-added rolling bearings manufactured by RKB.

31/01/12

RKB releases updated guide for mounting and maintenance of multi-row roller bearings

The Technical Department of the RKB Group has newly updated its technical guide dealing with the procedures for mounting and maintaining multi-row tapered and cylindrical roller bearing assemblies, which are mostly used on roll necks of rolling mill stands. The document is available for download under the "Publications" section of this Web Site.

RKB Publications

26/01/12

RKB develops new special project with WOR bearings

The RKB Group has successfully developed and manufactured a new design spherical roller bearing with wider outer ring (WOR) for the gearbox of a concrete mixer. Among other things, this special bearing type has been optimized through Finite Element Analysis to sustain additional loads and friction at low operating speeds (max 20 rpm), increase permissible misalignment up to "6" and extend rating life. Further details on this project can be found in the "Special Projects" section of this Web Site.



RKB Special Projects

12/01/12

Acquired new high-precision CNC vertical lathes for big size bearings

RKB T3 Plant signs a new contract with a world leading CNC manufacturer for the purchase of high-precision CNC vertical lathes (1000 Series) particularly suitable for the production of big size radial and thrust spherical roller bearings. Thanks to the latest technology of these premium quality machine tools, RKB can implement a revolutionary manufacturing concept to obtain remarkable benefits in terms of micro-geometry and process efficiency.

16/12/11

RKB launches 3.175 mm bore diameter deep groove ball bearings

The RKB Group has freshly enriched its product range of small size and miniature ball bearings (T1 Segment) by the introduction of its 60/3.175 ZZ ball bearings endowed with a 1/8‘‘ (3.175 mm) inner diameter. The dimensions of this bearing were specifically devised to be suitable for small electric motors of home appliances.

13/12/11

RKB supports childhood education in developing countries

Thanks to the contribution of its employees and customers, also this year the RKB Group supports the Child Guardian program of Save the Children, the leading independent organization creating lasting change in the lives of children in need around the world. The Child Guardian program aims at encouraging more children to attend preschool, increase school capacity, and provide more child-centred teacher training. RKB strongly believes in the importance of education and scholarship as the most effective means to help children worldwide have a better future.

Child Guardian - Save the Children

12/12/11

Republished technical article on RKB wind turbine rolling bearings

Power Transmission World magazine (November issue) republished the technical article entitled "Developments in Wind Turbine Rolling Bearings" that briefly illustrates the latest advancements in the sector of rolling bearings for wind turbines and the solutions developed by RKB in the renewable energy sector. The knowledge gained over the years as well as the leading-edge manufacturing technology used in its manufacturing facilities make of RKB the ideal partner to satisfy the most demanding requirements in the wind industry. The article can be downloaded from the "Publications" section of this Web Site.

RKB Publications

09/12/11

RKB publishes new documents for Russian speaking customers

In order to serve better its Russian speaking customers, the RKB Bearing Industries Group has freshly released the new versions of its "Brief Company Profile", "Why RKB - We make things easier!", "Victory Line: the Step Forward", "Products Table", "Company Snapshot" and its leaflets collection translated into Russian language. All these documents are now available for download under the "Publications" section of this Web Site.

RKB Publications

06/12/11

RKB releases new technical posters for mounting/dismounting of TQO/TQOS and multiroll bearings

In light of its long-standing on-field experience and technical know-how, the RKB Bearing Industries Group has recently renewed the technical posters illustrating the best practices for mounting and dismounting four-row tapered roller bearings and multiroll bearings of rolling mill machinery. The posters thoroughly show the steps necessary to mount/dismount the bearings and offer a series of technical recommendations and hints. The documents can be directly downloaded from the "Publications" section of this Web Site.

RKB Publications

22/11/11

RKB invites to read new 12th and 13th recommendation to customers

The collection of recommendations developed by RKB enhances with two new hints. The 12th recommendation suggests to be always sure that the inspections carried out by the bearing manufacturer and the related technical reports are in accordance with EN 10204:2004 standard. The recommendation number 13, instead, recommends to purchase RKB bearings only from authorized sources that can exhibit the official Certificate of Appointment released by the main branch of the RKB Group of Switzerland.

RKB Recommendations

21/11/11

RKB launches deep groove ball bearings with flanged outer rings

The RKB T1 Segment (small size and miniature ball bearings) has recently been enriched by new deep groove ball bearings with flanged outer rings corresponding to ordinary ball bearings with snap rings. The flange extends around the entire circumference of the outer ring to improve its running accuracy. Since it is not necessary to provide a shoulder on the housing bore if this bearings is used, the bore shape can be simply cylindrical which facilitates high precision machining and reduces machining time as well. The premium quality low noise and high speed RKB deep groove ball bearings with flanged outer rings are available in the series 608, 6800 and 6900, both shielded and sealed version.

10/11/11

RKB article on bearing development process from CAD to FEM analysis republished

The careful use of sophisticated 2D/3D CAD tools, in-house developed computing software and FEM analysis enables the RKB Group to continuously improve bearing quality, reliability and delivery time. The first part of the article, published in Organi di Trasmissione magazine, is a simple introduction to the preliminary stages of 2D drafting, 3D modeling and calculation of the main coefficients for two spherical roller bearings to be installed on the rack and pinion jacking system of an oil platform. The second part, instead, covers in detail the steps of FEM analysis for the development and validation of the above application. The two parts of the article, both in English and in Italian, are available for download in the "Publications" section of this Web Site.



RKB Publications

21/10/11

RKB presents its Technical Training Program for 2012

Under the direction of Prof. Spiridon Cretu, Head of the Engineering and Research Department, and Prof. Lucian Tudose, Head of the Advanced Calculations and Optimization Department, the RKB Bearing Industries Group has released the updated version of its Technical Training Program for 2012. The program can be found under the "Publications" section of this Web Site.

RKB Publications

11/10/11

RKB updates list of manufactured four-row taper roller bearings

Four-row tapered roller bearings are commonly used in rolling mills operating under heavy load conditions and in presence of shocks. The knowledge and experience gained over the years allow the RKB Group to manufacture a comprehensive range of premium quality four-row tapered rolling bearings with standard and special design to cover most of the requirements of the modern metals industry. The updated list of the about 200 different four-row taper roller bearings produced by RKB up to this time is available for download in the "Publications" section of this Web Site.



RKB Publications

06/10/11

RKB joins Exposibram 2011

As the leading and largest mining trade show in Brazil, the 2011 edition of Exposibram was held simultaneously with the 14th Brazilian Mining Congress in Belo Horizonte. The RKB Group joined this exhibition in conjunction with its Brazilian partner and under the supervision of RKB Director of Internal Operations and RKB senior Application Engineer. This event has spawned chances to get a first-hand appreciation of the advancements of the South American mining industry and to reinforce even more the presence of RKB in Brazil. Once again, the close cooperation with our partner led to an exceptional turnover of visitors interested in RKB premium class products.

23/09/11

RKB releases new comparative study on bearing brass and steel cages

A new scientific article based on the comparison between steel cages and brass cages was issued by the RKB Research and Engineering Department headed by our Prof. Spiridon Cretu. This study illustrates in a comprehensive manner the main differences between machined brass and pressed steel bearing cages. The objective is to shed light on an important element that, although often disregarded, plays a crucial role in the general performance of the bearing. The document is available in the "Publications" section of this Web Site.

RKB Publications

12/09/11

RKB Partner Training Events go on successfully

RKB is well aware of the importance of continuous training to offer the best quality in terms of products and service. For this reason, RKB constantly organizes and holds multiple-day training events in its Swiss Executive Headquarters and Technological Center for all of its partners around the world. In fact non-stop training is at the base of our partners‘ solid knowledge of RKB rolling bearings, which is ultimately the best tool to guarantee our customers‘ satisfaction.

29/08/11

RKB implements Web Site updates

The main changes concern the publication of the new photo gallery "Training & Seminars", encompassing just a few of the pictures taken during the technical and commercial events held by RKB all over the world, the opportunity to watch all of our educational videos for free, and the chance to pay online with credit card also in USD.

Training & Seminars

RKB Educational Videos

Online Credit Card Payment

26/08/11

RKB and ArcelorMittal sign new long term contract

The RKB Bearing Industries Group has signed with ArcelorMittal an important contract for the supply of standard and technological rolling bearings over the next two years (renewable). RKB is one of the four official global partners of ArcelorMittal for the supply of premium quality rolling bearings. The contract also provides for a dedicated service of consultancy, advisory and application optimization with the aim of improving ArcelorMittal‘s Total Cost of Ownership. RKB‘s long-standing experience and first-hand knowledge in designing, engineering and manufacturing rolling bearings for the metals industry are the main reasons for the renewal of the partnership between the two Groups. As the world's leading steel company with operations in more than 60 countries, in 2010 ArcelorMittal had revenues of $78 billion and crude steel production of 90.6 million tons, representing approximately 8 per cent of world steel output.

26/08/11

RKB joins International Small Motor Exhibition 2011

Last June the RKB Group joined with its one booth the 2011 edition of the International Small Motor Exhibition. This annual event has become a particularly popular platform for the interaction between motor manufacturers and users. The Shenzhen exhibition is the only trade fair specifically devised for the small and micro motor industry. Under the coordination of our General Plants Coordinator, the RKB stand turned out to be the most popular focus of interest of the sector, with an outstanding turnover of visitors.

22/08/11

New leaflets in Portuguese

For all of our Portuguese speaking customers, the leaflets illustrating the special projects and applications realized in the main industry sectors by the RKB Group have now been made available in Portuguese. You can find and download them in the "Publications" section of this Web Site.

23/08/11

New training event of RKB Brazilian partner

Training is of paramount importance for company development and success. Being well aware of the role played by continuous training in leading to quality performance of employees, A.T.I. Brasil, the Brazilian partner of RKB, has recently carried out another thorough technical and commercial training session with its sales force to present the latest products and services offered by RKB.

26/07/11

RKB enriches its collection of multilingual documents

The range of new technical and commercial publications produced by RKB in different languages has recently been enriched by the addition of a few important documents translated into a variety of national languages. To better satisfy the world-class attitude of our Group, RKB has finally made available for consultancy its "Brief Company Profile", "Why RKB - We make things easier!", "Victory Line: the Step Forward", "Products Table" and "Made in RKB" documents in English, Italian, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Turkish and Romanian. All this material can be downloaded in the "Publications" section of this Web Site.

RKB Publications

14/07/11

New technology for RKB split spherical roller bearings

The RKB Bearing Industries Group announces reinforcement of the manufacturing technology for split spherical roller bearings in its T3 Plant. Similarly to split cylindrical roller bearings, the split spherical roller bearings manufactured by RKB are specifically engineered for arrangements particularly difficult to access. Split bearings, which are typically used in cold tube rolling mill crankshafts, bucket wheel excavators etc., permit bearing assembly and disassembly without the need to remove ancillary equipment. This greatly facilitates maintenance operations and reduces machine-downtime when replacing the bearing. RKB split spherical roller bearings are made to order.

11/07/11

RKB India awarded ISO 9001, 14001 and 27001 certificates

United Registrar of Systems Ltd. (URS) is a highly reputed international organization, whose main activity is auditing, assessment and certification services against internationally accepted standards of varied disciplines, such as quality, environment, social, information security, and human health and safety. In recognition of RKB‘s quality, environmental and security management systems, URS has awarded RKB Bearings Pvt. Ltd. of Mumbai (India) the ISO 9001, 14001 and 27001 certificates. The dedication of the Group to maintaining high quality standards in every aspect of the organization has enabled RKB to achieve its global reputation as the Swiss premium class bearing manufacturer. The certifications are available for download under the "Publications" section of this Web Site.

RKB Publications

07/07/11

RKB releases new technical leaflets for different industry sectors

The RKB Bearing Industries Group specializes in working toe-to-toe with customers to find efficient solutions for their applications. The experience gained over the years allows RKB to develop and produce premium quality technological bearings in a variety of industries such as iron and steel, power transmission, mines and mineral, marine and offshore, and other heavy engineering applications. The new technical leaflets show just a few of the special projects involving the technological and application-optimized bearings engineered and manufactured by RKB. You can download the new RKB technical leaflets from the "Publications" section of this Web Site.

RKB Publications

22/06/11

RKB issues new brochure on taper roller bearings assy

Thanks to its extensive expertise in engineering and producing taper roller bearing assemblies, the RKB Bearing Industries Group has realized the new technical brochure "RKB Taper Roller Bearings Assy". Through this document you will have the chance to learn more about the comprehensive range and technical specifications of the premium quality taper roller bearing assemblies manufactured by RKB.

RKB taper roller bearings assy

21/06/11

RKB at FEIMAFE 2011 in Sâo Paulo

ATI Brasil, the commercial partner of RKB for the Brazilian market, joined with its own booth the 13th edition of the FEIMAFE, the leading trade fair in machine tools and integrated manufacturing systems in Sâo Paulo, Brazil. The strong international participation and the high level of qualified visitors make of FEIMAFE the meeting point of national and international exhibitors with buyer delegates. The RKB stand turned out to be one of the most popular focuses of interest of the sector of rolling bearings.

06/06/11

RKB upgrades heat-treatment workshop in T3 Plant

The heat-treatment workshop in RKB T3 Plant is being enlarged and upgraded with the purchase of a new completely automatic line. The roller-hearth RGB-360 series heat treatment production line was specifically designed for salt bath martensite-bainite isothermal quenching of different types of bearings and rolling elements. High purity nitrogen atmosphere is used in this roller-hearth controlled atmosphere bainite martempering heat treatment production line, which is composed of several sets of driving rollers to carry medium and large size bearing components. The double-line arrangement of the installation encompasses multiple computer-based temperature control systems, which eventually permit to obtain extremely stable and reliable rolling bearings.

30/05/11

RKB announces production of new split roller bearings

The split cylindrical roller bearings manufactured by RKB were specifically designed for arrangements particularly difficult to access. Split bearings, which are typically used in cold tube rolling mill crankshafts, bucket wheel excavators etc., permit bearing assembly and disassembly without the need to remove ancillary equipment. This greatly reduces machine-downtime when replacing the bearing.

26/05/11

RKB releases updated guidelines for multi-level quality control of rolling bearings

After the publication of the educational video "RKB multi-level quality control system for rolling bearings", the related written guidelines have been released as a part of the RKB Bearing Knowledge Collections project. The document is now available for download under the "Publications" section of this Web Site.

RKB Publications

13/05/11

RKB publishes new documents for Italian, German, French and Spanish speaking customers

In order to successfully face the new challenges emerging in the global market and to ensure an ever-growing proximity to its customer needs, the RKB Bearing Industries Group has released the Italian, German, French and Spanish versions of its "Brief Company Profile", "Why RKB - We make things easier!" and "Victory Line: the Step Forward". All these documents are now available for download under the "Publications" section of this Web Site.

RKB Publications

29/04/11

RKB releases new brochure on spherical roller bearings

In light of the long standing experience of RKB in designing and manufacturing spherical roller bearings, with, at present, more than 2750 different part numbers engineered, up to 1580 mm outer diameter, the RKB Bearing Industries Group has realized the new technical brochure "RKB spherical roller bearings: executions and applications". In this way, you will learn both to know the technical specifications of the available range of spherical roller bearings manufactured by RKB and to select the proper spherical roller bearing type according to the application needs. The ISO-compliant spherical roller bearings produced by RKB cover most of the requirements in various standard and special industrial applications, in severe and critical conditions.

RKB spherical roller bearings: executions and applications

26/04/11

RKB publishes new educational video on multi-level quality control system for rolling bearings

The Technical Department of RKB has produced a new educational video on our quality control program, which is rooted in RKB top management‘s insistence on quality and encompasses controls on multiple levels, from raw material procurement, through pre-process and in-process operations to post-process check activities. The multi-level quality control system for rolling bearings which is currently being run by RKB is organized and supervised by the RKB Quality Control Bureau, which is an executive structure of the Technical Division dedicated to managing quality under all respects, and has the objective of ensuring that the appropriate quality procedures are in place and constantly followed at all levels of organization.

RKB Educational Videos

14/04/11

RKB invites to read new 11th recommendation to customers

This recommendation suggests always asking order confirmation with written declaration that the origin and in-house operations of purchased bearings are in compliance with previously released certifications (for our Group Made in RKB and RKB Affidavit of origin). This will make sure that the products you are going to receive are genuine and consistent with what you ordered and paid for. The text of the recommendation can be read under the "Products & Services" section of this Web Site.

05/04/11

RKB releases its new General Quality Program

In facing the challenge of assuring the quality at all levels within the production chain, the RKB Bearing Industries Group has revised and implemented a thorough and disciplined approach to product quality. The technology, tools, techniques and policy necessary to achieve efficient and effective quality in raw materials, in-process operations and finished products requires coordination across the manufacturing process of high-technological value-added rolling bearings. By means of 33 detailed flowcharts, the new RKB General Quality Program (GQP0211AE) focuses on the rigorous procedures, programs and protocols followed by our facilities to ensure the highest levels of quality in every single step of the manufacture of all bearing components. The document is available for download under the "Publications" section of this Web Site.

04/04/11

Masterpieces from RKB Swiss Headquarters to all product lines

Masterpieces are extremely accurate bearing prototypes with dimensional values very close to the nominal ones. RKB masterpieces are directly produced in the Executive Headquarters and Technological Center of Balerna (Switzerland) by means of machines endowed with the latest technology, which allow for tighter dimensional and geometrical parameters. RKB‘s decision of manufacturing and using masterpieces for all of its product lines rises from the need for more and more precise, and therefore reliable, products. The widespread use of masterpieces before mass production permits to reduce manufacturing time and errors, ensuring steady top quality at the same time. For further details on the role of masterpieces in RKB‘s production process, please refer to the RKB General Quality Program.

01/04/11

New article on how to choose the right bearing source

The RKB article "A Detailed Guide to Choose the Right Supplier" was published in the April/May 2011 issue of TrasMec, the technical magazine of ASSIOT (Italian Association of Gears and Transmission Elements Manufacturers). The author of the article establishes the guidelines to tell a reliable supplier of rolling bearings from an inconsistent source. The RKB Group has developed a specific procedure, studied and implemented in close collaboration with the Department of industrial system technology and management of a major university in Northern Italy. The article can be found under the "Publications" section of this Web Site.

31/03/11

New article on stabilizer fin system of a maritime ship

"Gyrofin Stabilizer System" is a special project developed by RKB Bearing Industries in cooperation with a prestigious European shipbuilding group. The main scope of this project was to design some customized roller bearings to be used for a stabilizer fin system of a maritime ship. The ideal solution has been found by the RKB Technical Team Unit in two big size Application Optimized spherical roller Bearings (AOB) with inner bores up to 950 mm, for support of both sides of the fin shaft. The article "RKB Customized Solutions for Gyrofin Stabilizer System", published in Organi di Trasmissione, can be found under the "Publications" section of this Web Site.

25/03/11

RKB at World of Industry 2011

RKB Turkey, the Turkish branch of the RKB Bearing Industries Group, joined with its own booth the last edition of the World of Industry (WIN) 2011, the leading trade show in manufacturing industry in whole of Eurasian region. The strong international participation and the high level of qualified visitors make of WIN the meeting point of national and international exhibitors with buyer delegates. Under the coordination of our CRM Director for the Asia and Middle East area, the RKB stand turned out to be the most popular focus of interest of the sector, with an outstanding turnover of visitors.

22/03/11

New spherical roller bearing design for vibrating machinery

In many heavy engineering applications, such as vibrating screens and hammers, bearings are subjected to high speeds, high vibrations and heavy loads. In these severe conditions, RKB recommends using its new ROVSX spherical roller bearings, that are manufactured with the latest technologies to ensure better resistance to impacts, wear and fatigue. The technical brochure on the new RKB ROVSX spherical roller bearings for vibrating machines can be found under the "Publications" section of this Web Site.

21/03/11

RKB publishes educational video on its multi-row cylindrical roller bearings

The Technical Department of RKB has produced a new educational video on the main technical specifications of the most popular multi-row cylindrical roller bearings manufactured in our facilities. The RKB Bearing Industries Group produces many different types of multi-row cylindrical roller bearings, with many features available, in order to satisfy even the most sophisticated customer needs. In fact, in light of the 500 different part numbers engineered, from below 100 up to 900 mm bore and over 3 tons of unit mass, the RKB Group can rely on a long standing experience in designing and manufacturing this type of bearings.

RKB Educational Videos

09/03/11

RKB releases updated version of Brief Company Profile

The revised version of the RKB Brief Company Profile, with new data and information, has been made available for download under the "Publications" section of this web site. We recommend downloading it to learn more of the competitive advantages offered by our Group.

02/03/11

New article on the importance of bearing steel

The rating lives of bearings, with ideal internal geometries and correct mounting, ultimately depend on the quality of the steels used in the manufacturing process. For this reason, the RKB Group has undertaken extensive researches and has made great strides in the field of bearing materials and heat treatments. The article "It‘s All About the Steel: the Importance of Bearing Steel Cleanliness for Long-Life Applications", published by our Technical Department in the March 2011 issue of the "RKB Technical Review", highlights the importance of the selection of the proper bearing steel for manufacturing high quality rolling bearings, according to the highest international standards. In addition, the complex interrelation between steel cleanliness and adequate heat and thermo-chemical treatments applied to bearing components is pointed out. The equilibrium between these factors has led to an increased fatigue life of the rolling bearings manufactured by RKB. The article can be found under the "Publications" section of this Web Site.

28/02/11

RKB releases updated Bearing Handling Guidelines

Since rolling bearings are high precision machine parts, they must be handled carefully and properly. Their improper use could lead to application malfunction and premature failure. In order to prevent serious damage, it is of paramount importance to be aware, understand and follow all the required procedures and safety instructions regarding bearing handling, including storage, mounting, dismounting, and inspection. For this reason, the revised version of the RKB Bearing Handling Guidelines by our Technical Department has been made available for download under the "Publications" section of this Web Site.

23/02/11

RKB engineers its 500th new multiroll bearing

The RKB Bearing Industries Group specializes in the design and production of many different types of multi-row cylindrical roller bearings, that is rolling bearings composed of at least one inner ring, one or two outer rings, two or more cages and four, six or eight rows of rollers, both metric and inch sizes. Thanks to the numerous executions, features and sizes available (from below 100 up to 900 mm bore and over 3 tons of unit mass), RKB can satisfy even the most demanding requirements in various standard and special industrial applications, in severe and critical conditions. With the development and manufacture of the 500th different part number of this bearing type and the biggest stock availability of multiroll bearings in Europe, RKB reinforces its position as one of the market leaders in the production of top quality highly technological rolling bearings, particularly for the metals industry. For further information on the range and technical specifications of RKB multiroll bearings, please refer to the related educational video to come.

14/02/11

RKB at Shiraz Trade Exhibition 2011

The RKB Group was present with its own booth at Shiraz International Trade Exhibition 2011, one of the most important bridge between the domestic industrial companies and the international organizations active in the petrochemical and metals industries. Under the supervision of RKB‘s CRM Director for the Asia and Middle East area, Roll Art Co., the official distributor of the RKB products in Iran, realized one of the most valued stands of the sector, with an outstanding turnover of visitors.

05/02/11

Two new educational videos on RKB cylindrical roller and GX type bearings

The first educational video shows the characteristics of the RKB special design single-row cylindrical roller bearings, which can fulfill many modern machine requirements, that conventional bearing design cannot properly meet, while the second video explains the original features of the new generation of RKB four-row cylindrical roller bearings GX type, which are particularly designed for rolling mill stands used for construction steel.

RKB Educational Videos

19/01/11

RKB announces new contracts with the Tata Group

RKB awarded two contracts by the Tata Group to supply standard and technological bearings till 2012. With more than 200 references the partnership is becoming stronger and stronger. Tata is one of the world‘s top ten steel producers and, as a combined Group, has an aggregate crude steel capacity of more than 28 million tons and approximately 80.000 employees around the world.

28/12/10

New article on RKB big size bearings published in an important sector magazine

As big size rolling bearings are going to play an essential role in proper operation of complex machinery, their design and production call for wise quality-oriented decisions by the manufacturer, under pain of unexpected faults or, still worse, machine downtimes. On this topic, Organi di Trasmissione magazine published the article "RKB: big dimensions require expertise" to depict the best practices followed by the RKB Group in manufacturing top quality large size rolling bearings. You can find the article under the "Publications" section of this Web Site.

15/12/10

RKB rolling bearings tested and approved by CETIM

One of the biggest manufacturers of industrial and shipyard cranes charged the Centre Technique des Industries Mécaniques (CETIM), one of the top-ranking international centers for the quality assessment of mechanical products, with performing a complete comparison of an RKB TDONA rolling bearing with the same series bearing manufactured by the major player of the sector. The tests have analyzed the two bearings in terms of design, execution, raw material (metallography, chemical composition and mechanical properties) and geometrical parameters. The results show that the RKB rolling bearing strictly applies the most recent ISO standards and is equivalent, under all respects, to that of the major brand considered, including the load rating capacities.

14/12/10

RKB releases new video seminar on non-Hertzian contacts in optimized gearboxes

In this new online scientific seminar, Prof. Spiridon Cretu, Head of the RKB Engineering and Research Department, analyzes the role of Hertzian and non-Hertzian concentrated contacts in designing optimized gearboxes, particularly for the wind industry. The potentialities of the RKB in-house developed software tool NON-HERTZ are also presented. The seminar can be seen under the "Technical training program" section of the "Products & Services" menu of this Web Site.

Wind industry: the role of Hertzian and non-Hertzian contacts in calculating and designing optimized gearboxes

13/12/10

RKB at SMTCE 2010

The RKB Bearing Industries Group took part with its own booth at SMTCE 2010 in Shanghai, one of the world‘s largest trade fairs for motor components and other electrical machines. Under the direct supervision of our general plants coordinator, the RKB stand was one of the most appreciated of the sector, with an extraordinary amount of visitors.

07/12/10

RKB releases new video seminar on multi-objective optimal design of rolling bearings

In this new online scientific seminar, Prof. Lucian Tudose, Head of the RKB Advanced Calculations and Optimization Department, investigates the potentialities of Evolutionary Algorithms to design optimized rolling-contact bearings with high capacity, low weight, low friction losses, and high resistance to wear. The seminar can be seen under the "Technical training program" section of the "Products & Services" menu of this Web Site.

Pareto approach in multi-objective optimal design of rolling bearings

23/11/10

RKB announces enlargement of test rig center in T3 Plant

In order to improve the R&D activity of the Group, the center dedicated to the dynamic analysis of bearings in RKB T3 Plant was enlarged with the installation of new ABLT 5A Bearing Life Testers. These machines can effectively test deep groove ball bearings, short cylindrical roller bearings, spherical roller bearings, spherical thrust roller bearings and taper roller bearings, from 180 mm minimum bore to 440 mm maximum outer diameter.

15/11/10

New RKB premium protocol for case-hardened bearing steel

The RKB .RAV premium material protocol, so far successfully applied to through-hardened bearing steel, has been extended to SAE 9315 case-hardened steel for technological bearings. The RKB Group has received positive results from the validation tests on several applications and good feedbacks from the market. During 2010 more than 30 references have been produced with new RKB SAE 9315.RAV steel, which ensures better performance and higher reliability in the harsh conditions typical of the metals industry.

10/11/10

RKB is member of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA)

In light of its long-standing experience in designing and producing highly reliable rolling bearings for the wind industry professionals (from megawatt-class systems below), the RKB Group has joined the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), the world‘s largest and most powerful wind energy network. It‘s no accident that the RKB logistics warehouses around the world can count on a comprehensive range of prompt ex stock rolling bearings dedicated to all the qualified OEM and MRO customers working in this field. This enables the RKB Group to serve its clients in the most efficient way, also in shortage and emergency situations. Moreover, an entire technical department at the RKB Executive Headquarters and Technological Center in Switzerland is committed to studying, developing and putting into production customized optimal solutions for any kind of wind applications, both onshore and offshore. The knowledge gained over the years along with its pioneering production technology make of RKB the ideal partner to satisfy the most demanding requirements in the wind industry.

09/11/10

Prof. Cretu elected Chairman of the Romanian Tribology Association

During the 11th International Conference on Tribology held at the "Gheorghe Asachi" Technical University of Iasi, our prof. Spiridon Cretu, Head of the Engineering and Research Department of the RKB Bearing Industries Group, was elected Chairman of the Tribology Association of Romania. Prof. Cretu obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from the Technical University of Iasi in 1968 and 1978 respectively. He has been an assistant professor and lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering Faculty at the Technical University of Iasi from 1969 to 1986. He has been a full professor of Tribology and Contact Mechanics in that faculty since then. He has authored and coauthored around 50 papers and books on rolling bearings, machine design and concentrated contacts phenomena and has spoken at numerous international scientific conferences.

28/10/10

RKB publishes educational video on Rating Life Calculations (RRLC) software

In this educational video, our Advanced Software Engineering Unit shows the functioning of one of the proprietary in-house developed software tools used by our Technical Department: the RRLC, or RKB Rating Life Calculations, whose main objective is to provide users in a time efficient and accurate way with consistent background of relevant data for the selection of bearings size in relation to the applied loads, lubricant influence and the requirements regarding service life, reliability and safety index, following the rules defined by ISO 281 in the latest revision. You can find the educational video on the RRLC under the "Technical training program" section of the "Products & Services" menu of this Web Site.

28/10/10

RKB receives attestations of product conformity

The cylindrical and spherical roller bearings and radial ball bearings manufactured by the RKB Group have been assessed against the relevant ISO standards by the University of Brasov (Transylvania) and passed all the tests and analyses performed by Prof. Ioan Stroe, member of the Product Design and Robotics Department. For this reason, RKB rolling bearings were officially awarded the related European Attestations of conformity.

20/10/10

RKB at TATEF 2010

RKB Turkey, the Turkish branch of the RKB Group, was present with its own stand at TATEF 2010, the 13th International Metalworking Technologies Exhibition held in Istanbul. A delegation of the RKB Executive Headquarters, headed by the CRM Director for the Asia and Middle East area, was also present in the stand, which was one of the most appreciated of the sector, with an outstanding turnover of visitors.

29/09/10

RKB joins the 6th edition of KOD

Prof. Lucian Tudose, Head of the RKB Advanced Calculations and Optimization Department, presented his scientific paper "Rolling Bearing Load Rating Capacities and Rating Life" on the importance of ISO compliance in the bearing manufacturing industry at the 6th edition of the international symposium KOD ("Shape, Mechanical and Industrial Design of Products in Mechanical Engineering"). We suggest watching the related scientific seminar available under the "Technical training program" section of the "Products & Services" menu of this Web Site.

28/09/10

RKB releases four new online scientific seminars

The comprehensive set of technical and scientific seminars offered by RKB features the most prominent experts in the bearing industry. Under the scientific direction of Prof. Lucian Tudose, Head of the RKB Advanced Calculations and Optimization Department, and Prof. Spiridon Cretu, Head of the RKB Engineering and Research Department, the attendees will increase their knowledge on the most significant bearing-related topics, thus improving their working efficacy. These online seminars, that emphasize RKB‘s commitment to continuous improvement and its advanced technical skills (necessary to offer a valuable co-engineering service), can be seen under the "Technical training program" section of the "Products & Services" menu of this Web Site.

28/09/10

RKB is now available on Facebook and YouTube

RKB announces its own presence on Facebook and YouTube. The pages of these two social networks dedicated to RKB will be constantly updated and enriched with multimedia contents. Join us!

RKB Bearing Industries on YouTube

RKB Bearing Industries on Facebook

14/09/10

RKB invites to read new tenth recommendation to customers

This recommendation suggests checking regularly the lubrication status of both OEM and MRO applications to ensure the appropriate performance of the bearing. The text of the recommendation can be read under the "Products & Services" section of this Web Site.

13/09/10

RKB releases its new Technical Training Program

Under the direction of Prof. Spiridon Cretu, Head of the Engineering and Research Department, and Prof. Lucian Tudose, Head of the Advanced Calculations and Optimization Department, the RKB Bearing Industries Group has released its new Technical Training Program. Further details on the contents can be found in the leaflet available under the "Publications" section of this Web Site.

30/07/10

RKB technical article republished in Search magazine

"The Most Common Causes of Bearing Failure and the Importance of Bearing Lubrication" by RKB‘s R&D department has been republished in the special issue "Gears & Bearings" of Search magazine, the international leading industrial B2B magazine and the flagship brand of Infomedia 18, which is a part of Network 18 Group (CNBC TV18). Search magazine has always provided its readers with up-to-date and informative contents and has always been at the forefront to make the readers abreast with the latest technologies taking place in the manufacturing sector. This request for republishing confirms the excellent job of RKB‘s Research and development department. The article can be found under the "Publications" section of this Web Site.

19/07/10

RKB promotes the use of Bearing Supplier Eligibility Compliance Procedure Form

In order to help customers in the selection process of only the most reliable and qualified bearing sources, RKB supports the use of the Bearing Supplier Eligibility Compliance Procedure Form. This questionnaire can be easily used to investigate the actual nature, positioning and capabilities of any bearing supplier you are dealing with. The form can be downloaded under the "Publications" section of this Web Site.

16/07/10

RKB announces the opening of its new branch in India

The RKB Group expands its direct operational activities and global network by establishing RKB Bearings Private Limited in Mumbai (India). The aim of our common efforts, together with our Indian joint shareholders, is to be closer to existing customers, offering them complete services and to be even more competitive through a complete structure, with sales office, technical department and market specific items in stock.

15/07/10

RKB announces the release of its renewed bearing prefix and suffix system

The new version of the Main Prefix and Suffix System gathers all the essential designations/codes and related descriptions concerning RKB bearings. The document can be found under the "Publications" section of this Web Site.

07/07/10

RKB invites to read new seventh recommendation to customers

This recommendation suggests referring to the Bearing Industry Matrix to better understand the actual positioning of a bearing manufacturer and select the most appropriate bearing source according to your specific needs. The text of the recommendation can be read under the "Products & Services" section of this Web Site.

07/07/10

RKB announces the release of its new General Information Pack

The General Information Pack is a collection of files intended to provide our clients with comprehensive information on the RKB Group and its activities. In the pack, which will be constantly updated, you will find all the essential documents to learn more about RKB‘s history, standing, qualifications and products. The General Information Pack is available for download in the homepage and under the "Publications" section of this Web Site.

02/06/10

RKB photo galleries updated with new subsections and pictures

Many new pictures have been added to RKB photo galleries and reorganized in new groups (Headquarters, Design & Engineering, Production, Multilevel quality controls & Warehouse, Special projects, Sponsorships & Testimonials) under the "Our Company" section of this Web Site.

20/05/10

RKB and Duferco reinforce their collaboration

The RKB Group has been invited to participate in the publication of an article about the story of the Duferco Group on Inside Industry, prestigious international magazine. Our contribution as an approved supplier confirms and reinforces the important commercial relationships between the two Groups. The article can be found under the "Publications" section of this Web Site.

04/05/10

RKB invites to read new sixth recommendation to customers

This recommendation suggests investigating and defining the level of integration (in-house operations) of bearing manufacturers to avoid the risk of selecting spurious sources. The text of the recommendation can be read under the "Products & Services" section of this Web Site.

29/04/10

Two new articles about RKB published in important sector magazines

The articles "RKB: A Passion for Bearings for over 70 Years" and "Developments and Trends in Wind Turbine Rolling Bearings", depicting the high-tech specifications of RKB products as well as the commitment of the entire Group to the development of the renewable energy industry, have been published in the last issue respectively of TrasMec and Organi di Trasmissione. You can read them under the "Publications" section of this Web Site.

23/04/10

The April issue of RKB Technical Review has been released

In this issue the development of an oil platform has been followed to make clear how the transition from handmade 2D paper sketch to CAD design has led to an overall enhancement of the quality, performance, reliability and delivery time of our bearings. The review can be found under the "Publications" section of this Web Site.

22/04/10

New International entitlement certificate and other certificates updates

RKB has released the new International Entitlement Certificate in order to rigorously clarify its own nature of vertically integrated and genuine Swiss manufacturer of rolling bearings. In addition, the International Producer Certificate and the International Vendor Certificate have been updated. The certificates can be found under the "Production" and "Publications" sections of this Web Site.

01/04/10

RKB invites to read new fifth recommendation to customers

This recommendation suggests to strictly follow an efficient homologation roadmap, like the one proposed by RKB, principally for the procurement process of technological bearings. In fact, the extremely complex technology used in this type of products plays a crucial role for the correct functioning of the applications and, for this very reason, must be reliable and transparent to customers. The text of the recommendation can be found under the "Products & Services" section of this Web Site.

26/03/10

Law Firm Martinez & Novebaci has released the statement of origin of RKB

To better support our customers in the Representations and warranties step of the compliance procedure, law firm Martinez & Novebaci has released the legal statement of RKB's Swiss origin. You can find the certificate under the "Publications" section of this Web Site.

22/03/10

RKB announces advancements in manufacturing technology

The updated list of the latest generation technologies used in the manufacturing process of RKB bearings is now available under the "Products & Services" section of this Web Site.

19/03/10

RKB invites to read carefully customer recommendations and Roadmap for eligibility criteria

RKB‘s constantly evolving recommendations aim at providing our customers with the most critical information in the process of bearings technical evaluation, purchase and maintenance. You can find them under the "Products & Services" section of this Web Site. Based on academic background, the Roadmap for eligibility criteria has been studied to support our customers step by step in the process of selecting a bearing source, avoiding unpleasant surprises. You can read the roadmap under the "Purchase" section of this Web Site.

17/03/10

RKB announces the complete renewal of metallographic and chemical laboratory

RKB‘s laboratory for metallographic and chemical analyses in Balerna has been wholly updated. This intervention emphasizes RKB‘s commitment to improve the R&D process, the technical support phase and the quality of its own products in general.

12/03/10

RKB announces new EJ Type spherical roller thrust bearings

RKB‘s production range is now enriched with spherical roller thrust bearings 293 and 294 series with new EJ Type design, with pressed steel cage. Along with already existing optimized configuration EVO Type introduced in 2008, both OEM and MRO customers will have more possibility to choose according to application and arrangement requirements.

11/03/10

RKB announces the new version of the online Reserved Area

A completely brand new Reserved Area is now available on RKB Web Site. Here you can find a lot of useful publications regarding RKB and the bearing industry in general. In this way, you will have the chance to browse a vast number of reserved technical documents. After all, at RKB we strongly believe that knowledge is the global currency: pass it on!

09/02/10

RKB reinforces its collaboration with the Transylvania University of Brasov

A deeper analysis on bearings from a metrological and chemical point of view is bringing knowledge for the development phases of production and for the definition of RKB Bearings Standard Compliance Program.

25/01/10

RKB Technical Team Unit develops new solid cage design for taper roller bearings assy

The solution of a single-piece machined brass cage for TDO configuration gives higher toughness in presence of vibrations and shock loads combined with centrifugal forces. This arrangement is particularly indicated for medium-size bearing assemblies in power transmission applications and wind industry as well.

21/01/10

RKB announces the development of big size spherical roller bearings in Victory Line Protocol

Among other significant optimizations, the load ratings capacities have been increased thanks to the revised design of the inner geometry. In several cases the Static Load Rating in Victory Line Protocol is more than 8% higher than in conventional bearings.

20/01/10

RKB announces the publication of its new Bearings Production Range

The new version of RKB's Bearings Production Range has been released and can be downloaded directly from the "Publications" section of this Web Site.

07/12/09

RKB announces a new contract with the Corus Group

RKB is again awarded by the Corus Group to supply standard and technological bearings on a three-year basis contract from 2010 to 2012.The track-record emphasizes the importance of collaborating with a just-in-time view to meet higher levels of efficiency in the steel industry.

26/11/09

RKB develops in the underground and tunnel boring sector

RKB reinforces its presence in the sector of underground machines and equipment for tunnel boring. The growth index of this market is less hurt by the global economic slowdown.

25/11/09

RKB increases market shares in the navy sector

RKB increases the production plan of AOB big size spherical roller bearings for power transmission (main drive shaft) of navy frigates.

11/11/09

RKB announces the upgrade of its own software for bearings rating life calculations

With RRB_RRLC Ver. 9.1 the process of selecting and evaluating bearings becomes extremely time-efficient and more accurate.

23/10/09

RKB is proud to announce the launch of its Victory Line

By adopting the best manufacturing protocols and materials, RKB Vicotory Line represents the application of the latest technology and research findings to the production of ISO rolling bearings.

23/09/09

RKB announces the online release of its new corporate video

RKB's new corporate video, aiming at introducing the philosophy and features of the Group, can be watched directly online at the homepage and in the "Our Company" section of this Web Site.

17/09/09

RKB announces its new online payment system

In the "Purchase" section of RKB Web Site, the new Credit Card Payment system is available. Thanks to this system, which is totally secure, RKB gives its customers the chance to pay directly online using the following credit cards: Visa and MasterCard.

08/09/09

RKB announces the extension of Kaizen approach to all departments

Thanks to this approach, used by the most performing companies in the world, all RKB‘s corporate functions, from manufacturing to management, are organized to produce tangible improvements and eliminate waste.

03/08/09

A new OES for metal analysis

RKB purchases a new Thermo Fisher Scientific Optical Emission Spectrometer (OES) for metal analysis.

24/07/09

Signed a new contract for scientific research with the Transylvania University

RKB announces the signing of a long-term three-year contract for scientific research on technological bearings with the Transylvania University of Brasov.

15/07/09

A new manufacturing technology for pierced rollers and pin-type cages

RKB announces the development of a new manufacturing technology for pierced rollers and pin-type cages, including ultrasonic in-line micro cracks detecting. The new equipments, procedures and techniques allow higher reliability and longer operative life of big size bearings, where the highest possible load rating capacity is required.

10/07/09

Improved technical solution to the bearing carrier of wind turbine multiplicators

RKB Engineering and TTU departments fully engaged in the development of an improved technical solution to the bearing carrier of traditional design wind turbine multiplicators.

25/06/09

RKB adopts a Hitachi overhead projector prototype

RKB adopts a Hitachi overhead projector prototype to improve the technical sessions in Balerna Headquarters.

19/05/09

Ball bearings with outside diameter 1925 mm

RKB defines a contract for flanged back-to-back arrangement angular contact ball bearings with outside diameter of 1925 mm.

18/05/09

New customized advanced software for technical calculations

New customized advanced software for technical calculations is released to RKB Technical Team Unit. With the support of RRB MTDS (Main Technical Data Sheet) tool, RKB will be able to improve the process of advisory during pre-sales operations.

15/05/09

RKB announces the NHS Project development

RKB announces the development of the NHS Project, based on big size cylindrical roller bearings series, N type with annular groove and lubrication holes. The main technical characteristic is the suitability to extremely high speeds. Typical application is stranding machines.

14/04/09

RKB is enlarging its market share in the steel industry for construction of several emerging markets

RKB is enlarging its market share in the construction steel industry of several emerging markets such as Turkey, India, Syria, Iran and Pakistan.

10/02/09

Spherical roller bearings for Siemens Metal Technologies

RKB Bearing Industries has been awarded a contract for supplying spherical roller bearings to Siemens Metal Technologies.

05/02/09

"EVO type" for spherical thrust roller bearings

RKB Bearing Industries announces the development of "EVO type" for spherical thrust roller bearings to offer more possibilities of interchangeability with other bearing manufacturers.

03/02/09

Double stage planetary gears in wind turbine gearboxes

RKB Bearing Industries has developed cylindrical roller bearings paired sets for single or double stage planetary gears in wind turbine gearboxes. The system is flexible enough to fulfil growing demand of MRO.

16/01/09

RKB announces new full complement cylindrical roller bearings NJG 23 series with lamellar cage

RKB Bearing Industries starts to produce full complement cylindrical roller bearings NJG 23 series with lamellar cage (the identification code is NJGL). The new version succeeds in combining the advantages of higher load ratings with the better tribology of caged bearings.

08/01/09

RKB Bearing Industries and ETMBS partnership

RKB Bearing Industries and ETMBS partnership continues with the support of several initiatives for the protection of green areas in Southern Switzerland.