The Cooper Roller Bearings brand owned by SKF Group will soon be marketed under the name “SKF Cooper Split Bearings”.
In 2013, SKF acquired Cooper Roller Bearings Company from Kaydon Group (USA). After a period of merger, SKF decided that all Cooper Roller Bearings product ranges will have a new name "SKF Cooper Split Bearings" from January 15, 2018.
The SKF Cooper range of products will continue to complement the increasingly complete solution offered by SKF in the marine, mining, construction and energy industries. In addition to rebranding, SKF Cooper's product marketing channels, including responding to customer inquiries, product delivery and after-sales support, will be handled globally through local SKF sales network.
SKF Cooper split roller bearings can be installed, disassembled and inspected without dismantling the associated equipment, minimizing maintenance and downtime, including both split cylindrical roller bearings and split double row tapered roller bearings with the ability to carry axial loads in both directions. Both types are housed in special swivel cartridge, suitable for mounting to a pedestal or flanged outer housing.
Swivel cartridge with a spherical surface is more suitable for the installation than a ball or plug joint; although any shaft misalignment tends to move the cartridge, seal and bearing, the seal is always parallel to the shaft. This configuration allows to maintain extremely low tolerances between the housing and shaft, delivering the best recognized sealing performance in the anti-friction bearing industry.
In addition to their common product diversity and an outstanding technical reputation, Cooper and SKF share something else in common: 1907 was a particularly momentous year in their histories. 1907 was the year Cooper's founder, Thomas Cooper patented the world's first split roller element bearing. That same year, Sven Wingquist invented the first self-aligning ball bearing and founded Svenska Kullagerfabriken - today known as SKF.