SKF seals deal with Dana for heavy duty hubcaps

PLYMOUTH, Mich. — SKF, a producer of sealing systems and anti-friction bearings, has been awarded a contract to provide a hubcap solution to further enhance the Dana Spicer Low Maintenance System (LMSTM) wheel-end for heavy-duty axle wheel-end applications.

The hubcap system was developed in conjunction with Dana Corporation’s Commercial Vehicle Systems group and will be available for use on Dana Spicer steer axles and trailer axles for several major North American truck and trailer manufacturers.

“This new Dana Spicer LMS hubcap delivers superior contaminant prevention and robust venting which allows the wheel end to breathe properly with extra protection against water ingestion,” said Charles E. Reagan, national accounts manager, SKF. “The enhanced contaminant exclusion system prevents water ingestion from high pressure washer spray systems that can compromise the durability of the wheel end bearing lubrication system.”

The new lightweight Dana Spicer LMS Hubcap combines a multiple labyrinth design and high-strength polymer material to provide improved venting performance and strength thus preventing wheel-end contamination. Unlike other industry hubcaps, this weight-optimized, hybrid-design efficiently vents the wheel-end without utilizing a continuously open port or filter membrane that could become clogged, thus requiring additional maintenance. This unique hubcap design also includes a magnetized side-fill plug that captures metallic particles to provide additional protection to the wheel-end bearings and seals, as well as reduce product life-cycle costs.

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