SKF is a world leader in rolling bearings and related technologies. As a prominent industrial player, the work towards more sustainable production and processing operations is constant and ambitious to limit our negative environmental impact. SKF’s sustainability goals include using 80% of the waste from production. Now, SKF is looking for solutions that improve and effective the briquette, cleaning, and collection of swarf waste from the grinding operations. This would make the production process more sustainable and help turn traditional cost positions into revenue streams.

Opportunity overview

SKF’s metal grinding operations generate swarf – a type of debris in the form of a finely powdered metal residue. Waste of this kind and sustainable management are common challenges for industrial companies that engage in metal grinding processes. Swarf is intensified as hazardous waste, leading to increased costs in the deal, adding to the complexity of the waste handling processes. However, the swarf contains around 80% metal content; hence, it is a significant opportunity to create value for the recipient of the swarf if separated from contaminations. We are looking for innovative solutions to improve grinding waste management to align with the stated sustainability goals and limit the associated costs.

Your opportunity with SKF

SKF is the world’s largest bearing manufacturer, with 17,000 distributors in 130 countries. As a leader in our field, we can offer you a significant reference for your solution and a chance to make a real impact at a large scale. We are constantly looking for innovative solutions that can help us make our production processes even more effective in terms of the environmental footprint and the associated cost structure. The applications could be used on-site at SKF or through a third-party network. We want to work together and share our industry knowledge to provide valuable learnings, enabling your company to further opportunities within the industry.

Examples we're looking for

Swarf recycling

The disposal costs for the waste can be accounted for in the millions of euros. Hence, a change in perspective from buying service for disposal to selling the swarf could provide business value while limiting the carbon footprint.

Refined swarf

Filtered swarf includes a significant share of excess oil and other liquids from the grinding process, which limits waste management. We are looking for novel ways to separate the oil from the swarf, to make the waste non-hazardous, and to determine the risks and, subsequently, the cost of disposal.

SKF is a world-leading provider of innovative solutions that help industries become more competitive and sustainable. By making products lighter, more efficient, longer lasting, and repairable, they help their customers improve rotating equipment performance and reduce environmental impact. SKF's offering around the rotating shaft includes bearings, seals, lubrication management, condition monitoring, and services. Founded in 1907, SKF is represented in approximately 129 countries and has around 17,000 distributor locations worldwide.

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