Across the global automotive sector, NSK is well known for providing bearing solutions that achieve reduced weight and size and low torque for automobiles, via its four core technologies: tribology, materials, analysis and mechatronics. These solutions meet all the needs of the automotive sector in reducing power consumption and emissions, and in enabling more efficient integration of the engine and electrical system, or engine and electric motors in the case of hybrid vehicles.
The thrust of these developments, based upon core technologies, has not been limited solely to vehicles. NSK has used technology transfer to effectively bring the same low torque, low power benefits to general purpose bearings used in all areas of industrial production, MRO, construction, quarrying, mining and domestic appliances. In addition, NSK is also working on calculations to quantify savings in energy and cost when low torque bearings are applied over standard. This will be used to quantify cost and energy contributions for a whole site or even series of sites. This is particularly important when customers are being audited for carbon footprint and for evidence of green credentials.