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ZKL increases production capacities of large-size bearings

Based on the plan of technological innovation and increasing the capacity of the large-size bearings´ production, the ZKL Brno factory extended its machinery fleet with a new grinding machine BERTHIEZ RVU 2200/200. It sets new standards for high precision grinding of the large-size bearing rings. This CNC fully controlled machine facilitates a complete machining processing without interruption as optional dressing units, grinding wheel changers and work piece measurement are available.

This machine will be also connected to the MES system, which was implemented at the ZKL Brno factory at the beginning of 2020 in order to optimize the production process towards the greatest possible utilization of machine capacities.

The main benefit of the BERTHIEZ RVU 2200/200 is the expansion of the technological capacity of grinding of bearing rings up to 2000 mm in diameter. This investment increased the production capacity of large-scale bearings from 1000 to 1500 units per year. The investment was the last planned investment in 2020. In addition to this technology, the factory successfully managed the reconstruction of its hardening plant and acquired two new carousels and grinders in 2020.

ZKL plans continuously increase the production capacity up to 2000 large-size bearings in 2021 and from 2023 further up to 3000 units per year.

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ZKL is the biggest manufacturer of large-scale spherical-roller, special and split bearings in Central Europe.

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