What You Can Expect from Schaeffler’s X-life Bearings

By IBT Inc

March 15, 2019

Bearings

X-life is the seal of quality for high-performance products from the INA and FAG product brands that are manufactured by Schaeffler, one of the world’s leading integrated industrial and automotive suppliers. 

schaeffler x-lifeRolling bearings are vitally important to the reliable and cost-effective operation of machinery and equipment in a wide range of industrial applications. Combined with advances in steel metallurgy and machining techniques, continuous design enhancements offer the potential to produce bearings with increased load-carrying capacity, longer operating life and improved overall performance.

Consequently, Schaeffler created X-life™– a designation for premium products that offer engineers advanced design perspectives – to identify bearings that feature exceptional performance and significantly higher dynamic load ratings than the industry standard.

The X-life seal of quality, unique to each respective bearing series, comes with the assurance that customers are getting Schaeffler’s best: The best in dynamic load ratings. The best in rating life. And the best in total cost of ownership.

Increased Dynamic Load Ratingsx-life

X-life bearings are characterized by significantly higher dynamic load ratings. This means you can downsize to a smaller bearing to save space and reduce weight in your application, while maintaining the same load-carrying capacity and operating life as before.

Alternatively, you can apply higher loads but keep the same bearing size and rating life. The result: improved reliability and reduced energy consumption.

Longer Rating Life

X-life bearings feature higher ball quality, improved raceway surfaces and more precise dimensional and running tolerances. As a result, the bearings’ internal friction is significantly reduced. The benefit: considerably longer rating life than standard bearings can provide under identical operating conditions.

In addition to being subjected to high loads, bearings are constantly in motion and have to be replaced regularly in many applications. This makes the exceptional rating life of X-life bearings an immensely important benefit.

Improved Total Cost of Ownership

By reducing downtime through extended service intervals, X-life bearings help increase the productivity and availability of machines and vehicles. This improves the “total cost of ownership” and provides increased protection against machine failure.

X-life – Proven to Be Better

x-life bearings

Moving parts in industrial plants and machines often have to fulfill extreme demands with regard to load-carrying capacity and durability. Rolling and plain bearings play a pivotal role here, since bearing damage – in most cases – can cause the total failure of technical systems. This is why Schaeffler developed a range of premium rolling bearings with the X-life seal of quality: to help ensure a high degree of cost-effectiveness and a productive use of resources.

Partner with IBT and Stay Up and Running Longer

Since the founding of our company in 1949, Mechanical Power Transmission has been a cornerstone of the IBT Industrial Solutions business. If you’re looking for the product knowledge and expertise you need to keep your applications up and running, contact Tim Zerger, IBT Bearing and PT Business Group Director, or give us a call at 913-677-3151 to learn more.