Levitating bearings make industry more sustainable
About 40 % of the world’s electricity is consumed by rotating machines, but all these machines rely on physical ball bearings and lubrication. This means inefficient energy usage, high levels of wear and tear (lifetime costs), and environmental contaminants as waste products. The INLET project has developed a frictionless bearing system called SpinDrive that uses magnetic levitation to increase performance, lifespan and environmental friendliness of industrial machinery. SpinDrive lowers lifecycle costs of manufacturing machinery by 35 %, halves energy loss (thus reducing carbon emissions), and promises 20 years of maintenance-free operation, saving on average EUR 500 000 over the product lifetime. INLET machines are also completely oil-free, and incorporate cutting edge sensor and controller technology.
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