SKF has partnered with Heat and Control, Inc. to develop innovative transport technology

New FastBack® 4.0 debuts at Pack Expo 2022

LANSDALE, PA, October 25, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — SKF has entered into a unique collaborative partnership with Heat and Control, Inc., a leading global manufacturer of equipment solutions, to assist in the design of a new horizontal motion technology, FastBack 4.0. The transformative technology will be launched at Pack Expo International 2022 in Chicago at the end of October.

The partnership developed when Heat and Control asked SKF to contribute to the design of the company’s latest revolution in horizontal motion equipment. In response, SKF assembled a team including application engineering, research and development and product development, plus support from factories around the world. As a leading bearing manufacturer that also manufactures seals, SKF has a unique perspective on the interaction of elements in rotating equipment. Based on SKF’s many years of experience in a wide range of industries, the team was able to refine and improve the customer’s design for FastBack 4.0, bringing huge benefits to horizontal motion conveying in food processing markets.

“We are fully committed to the relationships and collaborations we have built with our clients; leading to an understanding of their technical and commercial needs.” I said Marshall Ahrens, SKF application engineer. “Heat and Control challenged us to co-develop the FastBack system, targeting improvements in every category for their horizontal motion transport systems. The result of our joint efforts between the SKF and Heat and Control teams is Fastback 4.0: a new, innovative design that pushes the limits of horizontal motion performance further into the future.”

SKF engineers relied on extensive industry knowledge, experience and simulation tools to translate Heat and Control requirements into an application-specific design for rapid development. The team analyzed the concept to determine the estimated life of the bearings and lubrication used on the FastBack 4.0.

The design process for FastBack 4.0 focused on the following areas

– Improved sanitation porting
– Trouble-free operation without maintenance and without lubrication
– Can be washed under high pressure
– Reduced downtime for maintenance and cleaning
– Improved performance and longer service life

“This new generation is a transformative technology and our design process focused on simplifying and improving transportation. We wanted FastBack4.0 to set a new standard to make it easy to use, operate and own,” said Blake Svajkowski, Heat and Control, Inc. General Manager, Product Handling Systems. “In addition to our design collaboration, SKF is also able to meet growth targets thanks to its extensive global footprint.”

Download images of FastBack 4.0 here.

Media contact:
Terry O’Neill
Director of Portfolio and Industrial Marketing
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SKF’s mission is to be the undisputed leader in the bearing business. We do this by offering solutions that reduce friction and CO2 emissions while increasing machine uptime and productivity. Our products and services around the rotating shaft include bearings, seals, lubrication management, artificial intelligence and wireless condition monitoring. SKF is represented in more than 130 countries and has around 17,000 distribution locations worldwide. Annual sales in 2021 were SEK 81,732 million and the number of employees is 42,602.

® SKF is a registered trademark of the SKF Group.

About heat and control

Founded in 1950, Heat and Control® is a privately held engineering and manufacturing company with a global team that has built an extensive knowledge bank and developed a wealth of experience and expertise. Access to production and technical support from a network of engineers, food technicians, field service technicians, qualified salespeople and support teams gives food manufacturers the confidence to meet production goals.

® Heat and Control and FastBack are registered trademarks of Heat and Control Inc.


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