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Food Processing and Packaging

Schaeffler bearing solutions can be used in all types of packaging machines, filling lines, automatic baking ovens, and other food and packaging industry machines.


Transfer starwheel in a stretch blow moulders
Transfer starwheel in a stretch blow moulders

Safety and reliability under extreme operating conditions

The manufacture and packaging of foodstuffs are subject to very high quality standards and must be carried out with high efficiency, i.e. with extremely short cycle times. Due to the very high transport speeds and acceleration rates involved, high-precision motion sequences are indispensable. What is more, all machine elements have to withstand operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our contribution: Robust rolling bearings with anti-corrosion protection, a wide range of-seals. Our bearing solutions are used in the following applications, for example:

  • Bottle/can sealing machines
  • Punching and folding presses
  • Industrial/continuous furnaces
  • Star wheels for distribution and transport
  • Portioning and mixing machines
  • Palletizers


Catalog bearings and customized bearing solutions

For decades, Schaeffler has been an expert partner for food and packaging machine manufacturers and is one of the world’s leading suppliers of complete bearing supports in this sector. Whether catalog bearings or units that are tailor-made for the application – your benefit is the top priority in the development of every Schaeffler product. This includes reducing the number of interfaces through functional integration, freedom from maintenance, reliable operating life, and perfectly matched components and subsystems, for example. We enhance the performance of your machines and facilities through the use of:

  • Deep groove ball bearings
  • Linear guidance systems
  • Track rollers
  • Industry 4.0 solutions
  • Housing units
  • Direct drives
Deep groove ball bearings for the food industry
Deep groove ball bearings for the food industry


Analysis of rolling bearings with the BEARINX calculation program
Analysis of rolling bearings with the BEARINX calculation program

Calculated safety with BEARINX

Even the best product is no good if used incorrectly. All the more reason to benefit from our engineers’ experience and expertise in bearing design and calculation. For example, rolling bearings can be analyzed in detail by using the BEARINX calculation program – down to each individual rolling contact. The impact of relevant parameters and environmental conditions on the bearing support is determined via incremental optimization stages. In this way, the program makes application-based dimensioning possible. In the simulation, it is possible to quickly and economically determine the best design for the application by changing the position, design, and size.

Schaeffler’s calculation service is rounded off by dynamic simulations and FEM analyses. For example, shaft and housing tolerances and even housing rigidity can be taken into consideration in the simulation. If an existing machine requires optimization, specialized teams will carry out on-site measurements at the machine. Our engineers will then develop potential solutions with you based on the measurement results and further analyses.

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