Steel Industry (Source: Dillinger Hüttenwerke

In steel & non-ferrous industries, bearings can be found in a vast range of plant and equipment that is used in both upstream and downstream processes: from the storage yard for raw materials to the steelmaking, rolling and refining processes.   

The operational environment for these bearings is unique to steelmaking, comprising particle contamination, water and heat. In addition, the bearings may have to cope with heavy or shock loads and vibration, operational speeds ranging from extremely slow to extremely high, coupled with rapid acceleration and deceleration. This makes for a demanding operational environment that is not found in other applications.      

We offer a comprehensive range of bearings for the steel industry, from standard bearings to our own independently developed, high-capacity specialised bearings. NSK is also responding to the need for high added-value products and an environmentally friendly approach.
  • Sintering Plants
  • Converters
  • Continuous Casting
  • Rolling Mills
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Sintering Plants

Sintering Plants

Operating conditions: High temperatures, heavy loads, low speeds and contamination

Sintering plants have various requirements and problems which demand specific solutions. For example, bearings for pallet wheels and inboard rollers (plain bearings) often fail prematurely because sinter particles penetrate the bearings. This contamination, coupled with thermal effects, can cause premature lubricant failure. Grease escaping from the bearing can also contaminate the areas surrounding the machine. Frequent re-lubrication results in high operating costs and is harmful to the environment.

Total Quality Solution:
NSK roller bearings boast a service life which is up to three times as long as standard bearings

Instead of a plain bearing, a roller bearing with a special seal is used. The newly developed encapsulated construction effectively prevents scale from penetrating into the bearing. The high quality grease also has outstanding resistance to heat and pressure. Re-lubrication of the bearing units is unnecessary, keeping the area around the machine clean.

Our Innovations:
Sealed-Clean Bearings for Sintering Pallets

Sintering Plant


BOFs and Bessemer Converters

Operating conditions: High temperatures, heavy, extremely low speeds and oscillations

A typical problem for bearings in Bessemer converters: the swivel bearing cannot be replaced without dismantling the central wheel. This makes replacing the bearings time-consuming and drives up maintenance costs. The downtime can cause production stoppages in downstream processes.
Total Quality Solution: 
NSK split bearings prevent stoppages

To solve this problem, engineers from NSK have developed split bearings with an outer ring, an inner ring, a roller and cage set, and a locking ring which incorporates the seal sliding surface. This allows bearings to be changed without removing the central wheel, reducing maintenance costs and shortening downtimes while bearings are replaced.

Our Innovations:
Ultra-Large Split Bearings for BOF

BOFS and Bessemer Converters

Continuous Casting


Continuous Casting Machines

Operating conditions: Heat, heavy loads, steam (water spray), extremely low speeds, scale and skewed positioning

Differential speeds in the roller/raceway contact zone can cause uneven wear in spherical roller bearings and toroidal roller bearingsSpalling and cracks on the raceway of the outer ring are costly as they cause unplanned production stoppages and above-average consumption of bearings.

Total Quality Solution:
NUB bearings enable considerably longer service lives

To tackle this problem, NSK has developed a range of full complement cylindrical roller bearings effective as non-locating position in guide rolls of continuous casting machines. The cylindrical roller contact pattern of the NUB design provides the advantages of pure rolling and prevents wear induced by sliding friction thus ensuring reliability and a longer life.

NSK also offers the SWR spherical roller bearings, created from a special steel composition, patented heat treatment and carefully checked levels of retained austenite, resulting in an extremely wear-resistant solution against the same issue of sliding friction.

Our Innovations:
SWR Spherical Roller Bearings for Use in Continous Casting
Cylindrical Roller Bearings with Aligning Rings for Locating Position
Taper Roller Bearings with Aligning Rings for Locating Position
Long-Life Split Cylindrical Roller Bearing Units

Continuous Casting Machines


Rolling Mills

Rolling Mills

Operating conditions: Wide-ranging speeds, heavy loading from rolling forces, oscillations, shock loading and high temperatures, penetration of scale and water

Grease lubricated rolling mills such as hot strip, skin pass, cold rolling and finishing mills use large quantities of grease. Insufficient lubrication can quickly lead to premature failure. In addition to this, the operating conditions mean that foreign matter and moisture frequently contaminate the bearings.  This results in spalling, seizure, high bearing consumption costs and unplanned stoppages on the production line.

Total Quality Solution:
NSK ultra-pure steel for maximum reliability

NSK offers specific bearings for rolling mills which guarantee higher reliability and longer operational service lives. Sealed bearings minimise the environmental impact and help reduce grease consumption. Ultra-pure steel (STF series) with optimum heat treatment prevents cracks and early raceway damage. In addition, NSK has developed WTF material (WTF series) for bearings which are exposed to water penetration. The four-row extra-capacity sealed-clean taper roller bearings (KVS series) are capacity-optimised, resistant to contamination by foreign matter and boast improved sealing performance. We offer these bearings in a wide range of materials to suit different operating conditions.

Our Innovations:

Super-TF Roll Neck Bearings
WTF Roll-Neck Bearings
Extra-Capacity Sealed-Clean Roll Neck Bearings

Rolling Mills


Cylindrical Roller Bearings - NUB Series

In order to meet the requirements of steel making equipment and continuous-casting machines, NSK has expanded its range of cylindrical roller bearings. NSK has developed the new NUB series which can reduce the total cost of ownership for continuous casting machine guide rolls >>

WTF (Water-Tough) Bearings

The bearings use advanced technologies such as ultrahigh clean-material technology for bearing material and NSK’s proprietary heat-treatment technology.  >>

Ultra-Large split bearings

Ultra-large split bearings for BOF's & Converters making maintenance & bearing changes less time consuming.  >>

Taper Roller Bearing with Aligning Rings

A highly functional, specilised bearings for the locating position of continuous casting machines at iron & steel works.  >>

SWR Series Roller Bearings

This type of spherical roller bearings provide solutions to challenges in continuous casting guide rolls.  >>

Super-TF Roll Neck Bearings

The world’s first high performance and highly durable roll neck bearing.  >>

Full Complement Crane Sheave Bearings

These bearings feature high performance seals, a highly corrosion resistant phosphate coating & overall fewer parts to improve cost performance.  >>

Extra-Capacity Sealed-Clean Four Row Taper Roller Bearings

Offering higher load capacity, these bearings provide greater sealing performance; and adopt Super-TF & WTF™ material.  >>

Cylindrical Roller Bearings with Aligning Rings

A highly functional, specialised bearing for the non-locating position of continuous casting machines at iron & steel works.  >>

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