Longer performance. Higher loads. Zero defects. As a bearing maker, you’ve no doubt seen how design requirements are getting tougher. The good news is that there is a wide range of Ovako bearing quality BQ-Steel so reliable and fatigue-resistant it’s causing the industry to rethink what is possible.
Bearings are subject to the toughest of working conditions. The steels used today to master such requirements – with a focus on many conflicting properties and total production economy – are the result of many decades of development. In many ways, the vastly improved performance of today’s bearings is due to these advances in steel technology.
A wide range of steel grades
As a steel partner to the world’s leading bearing producers, we are often deeply involved in new market developments. For more than 100 years, we’ve been working to meet the industry’s ever-increasing performance demands. Today we can offer a very wide range of Bearing Quality steel, based on either the higher performing ingot cast qualities or, for slightly lower requirements, continuous cast qualities.
It is the clean and consistent properties of our steel grades that customers tell us they value most. We achieve this by securing high-quality raw materials and ensuring purity and consistency across the entire production chain – from melt to rolling and finished component. As part of the process, we verify that the quality of the BQ-Steel will result in superior fatigue properties. Rotating bending fatique testing is an important and frequently used technique.
Bearing quality not only for bearing
Today, our range of tube, bar and ring is ideal for all the main
components of a rolling bearing – and we meet all international quality standards. As a result of tight collaboration with our key customers, we’ve also been able to establish long-term business agreements and customize our logistical and EDI solutions. A main challenge now is finding new ways to apply the benefits of Bearing Quality steel in applications other than bearings.