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SKF to supply bearings for world’s tallest observation wheel

SKF, the knowledge engineering company, is to supply two giant bearings for the Las Vegas High Roller, the world’s tallest observation wheel.

SKF workers assembling the bearing for Las Vegas High Roller
PRLog - Dec. 4, 2012 - LEIGHTON BUZZARD, U.K. -- SKF (http://www.skf.com/portal/skf_gb/home/), the knowledge engineering company, is to supply two giant bearings (http://www.skf.com/portal/skf/home/products?maincatalogue=1&lang=en&newlink=1) for the Las Vegas High Roller, the world’s tallest observation wheel. The two SKF spherical roller bearings for the hub of the 550-foot-tall wheel are the largest ever produced at the SKF manufacturing facility in Gothenburg, Sweden. The contract, which was awarded by American Bridge Company, also includes the supply of related technologies within the SKF platform offer of seals (http://www.skf.com/portal/skf/home/products?maincatalogue=1&lang=en&newlink=4), lubrication (http://www.skf.com/portal/skf_lub/home/home?contentId=865873&lang=en), and consulting services (http://www.skf.com/portal/skf_gb/home/services?contentId=...).

“We are really proud to supply the High Roller because it represents some of the largest bearings we have produced, and shows the broad range of challenges that SKF knowledge engineering can solve,” says Tom Johnstone, SKF President and CEO. “By combining our technical knowledge across our platforms with the extensive experience from many specialised industries we are able to provide a solution for this fantastic project.”

The two custom-designed SKF spherical roller bearings (one within each side) weigh approximately 8,800 kg with a 2,300 mm outer diameter, 1,600 mm inner diameter, and a width of 630 mm. Each of the wheel’s 28 cabins revolves independently and will accommodate up to 40 people. The Las Vegas High Roller is the centrepiece of The LINQ, a planned $550 million, open-air retail, dining, and entertainment district situated between Imperial Palace and Flamingo Las Vegas.

“The Las Vegas High Roller is a complicated engineering feat,” said David Codiga, executive project director of The LINQ. “Only a handful of manufacturers in the world are capable of supplying products of this scale and complexity, and we are pleased to have SKF on our team to create the world's largest and most dynamic observation wheel.”

The Las Vegas High Roller is the latest big-wheel project using SKF expertise within large bearing solutions. The Navy Pier® Ferris wheel in Chicago includes two SKF spherical roller bearings and the Liseberg Wheel in Gothenburg, Sweden spins on SKF Explorer bearings.

For further information, please contact: Phil Burge, Communication Manager, SKF (U.K.) Limited

T: +44 (0)1582 496433 (tel:%2B44%20%280%291582%20496433)   M: +44 (0)7770 647591 (tel:%2B44%20%280%297770%20647591)   phil.burge@skf.com

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This press information was written and distributed by 4CM (http://www.4cm.co.uk/). For further copies, colour separation requests, images or other details on SKF Corporate please contact us on 01296 660080 (tel:01296%20660080) or email:info.skfcorporate@4cm.co.uk

SKF is a leading global supplier of bearings, seals, mechatronics, lubrication systems, and services which include technical support, maintenance and reliability services, engineering consulting and training. SKF is represented in more than 130 countries and has around 15,000 distributor locations worldwide. Annual sales in 2011 were SEK 66,216 million and the number of employees was 46,039. www.skf.com

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