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SKF’s TMBH 5: a hot topic in efficient bearing installation

“In today’s competitive manufacturing landscape, professionals can’t afford to compromise on efficiency or versatility. The SKF TMBH 5 is meeting that challenge head-on,” explains Simon Protheroe, specialist maintenance products for SKF.

“In today’s competitive manufacturing landscape, professionals can’t afford to compromise on efficiency or versatility. The SKF TMBH 5 is meeting that challenge head-on,” explains Simon Protheroe, specialist maintenance products for SKF.

Designed with both precision and adaptability, this device is gaining recognition as an invaluable asset.

The TMBH 5 offers considerable advantages in manufacturing, facilitating the installation of roller bearings up to 5kg and efficient heating of various ring-shaped, metallic components. Its design extends applications across diverse manufacturing processes.

The TMBH 5 harnesses advanced medium-frequency electronics to generate a precise temperature differential, enabling the bearing to expand for a seamless fit. This crucial characteristic ensures that bearings can be fitted effortlessly, without the application of force.

The induction clamp, equipped with internal coils, initiates currents within the component, transforming them directly into heat.

Mr Protheroe highlights the distinctive efficiency of the system. “What sets this device apart is the direct generation of heat within the component itself, ensuring minimal energy waste.”

The TMBH 5’s intuitive LED interface caters to operators with a selection of power settings for various requirements. The interface offers a Temperature Mode for precise control over the heating and a Time Mode to set the duration for which components are heated. Additionally, the unit’s automatic temperature monitoring is designed with component care in mind.

Especially for delicate parts, like bearings with shields or seals with metallic inserts, there’s a power regulation function that allows for a gradual and more controlled heating process.

The induction clamp design also adds to the unit’s versatility. “The thin fingers of the induction clamp eliminate the need for switching yokes for different components, thereby saving time and reducing the accessory count,” said Mr Protheroe. This design contributes to cost savings while broadening the range of components that can be heated.

The TMBH 5 features advanced medium-frequency technology which ensures it operates quietly. The presence of an LED indicator on the control panel allows users to monitor when the heater is active, contributing to a less noisy environment.

Weighing just 3kg, the TMBH 5 is the epitome of portability, crucial for adaptability to various work environments.

“Whether you’re on the factory floor, at a workbench, or out in the field, this device is designed to go wherever you need it,” discusses Mr Protheroe. Its compact size also makes it simple to store in limited spaces, such as the boot of a car.

The TMBH 5 Bearing Heater is complemented by a suite of additional tools to ensure safety and efficiency in bearing heating operations. Included with the unit are a 600mm magnetic K-type temperature probe, a heater clamp, a bearing stand, and protective gloves designed to resist heat.

“To provide a complete heating solution, these essential accessories are packaged with the heater, neatly organised in an easily accessible side compartment,” Mr Protheroe summarises.

For more information on the TMBH 5 and other SKF maintenance solutions, visit SKF’s website.

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