SKF is adding extended warranty packages to its trailer OE wheel end system products. The SKF Trouble-Free Operation (TFO) program, for both the Trailer OEM and retrofit markets, allows customers to choose extended warranty options for up to seven years, based on the components in the package.
According to SKF, testing of compatibility of its components showed that the TFO platform works well with the Meritor Tire Inflation System (MTIS) by P.S.I.
“The industry has been demanding wheel end products that work together and complement each other, especially when it comes to warranties,” said Scott Simmonds, vice president of heavy duty sales at SKF. “Fleets want to know that they can use the best products without having to worry about conflicting warranties later on.”
The SKF TFO extended warranty wheel end system package does not require customers to purchase pre-assembled kits. Instead, customers can continue to purchase and install product as they do today, SKF said. Fleets can reduce sourcing by using the SKF TFO wheel end system on all trailer applications. Additionally, the SKF TFO extended warranty wheel end system package typically includes an SKF Scotseal Plus XL wheel seal, SKF premium tapered bearing, and SKF TF hubcap. The wheel end system components can be used with proven industry spindle nut designs and lubricants.
The new wheel-end solutions will be available in January 2015 for trailer OEMs and fleets.