Commercial vehicles today have to be designed for 24 hours a day, seven days a week, high mileage and a long service life, but cost pressure on vehicle owners is also increasing all the time.
Fleet operators and transport companies are also having to focus more and more on their operating costs (total cost of ownership). When it comes to the question of whether fleet operators can offer attractive services and thus operate a successful business, the “per unit” costs (per kilometre, hour, or ton) and correspondingly low charge rates are a decisive factor.
Particular importance is placed on extending service intervals, repair work that corresponds to the current age of the vehicle, and direct, global availability of repair and service networks.
These are exactly the conditions that the commercial vehicle experts at Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket aim to fulfill with their products, repair solutions, and services. After all, first-class product quality and repair solutions designed to suit garages’ requirements translate into extended service intervals and shorter downtimes.
The FAG (RIU) has a unique design that has been patented in many countries. The FAG RIU is a sealed wheel bearing unit for commercial vehicles that is pre-assembled and lubricated for life at the factory and that allows mileages of up to one million kilometers to be achieved.
Pre-assembled and lubricated with high-performance grease, the FAG RIU is supplied with a special tool that reduces both mounting errors and saves repair costs. In other words, it’s a garage-oriented repair solution in OE quality.
What is more, garages can now repair a wide range of different wheel hub types with a single RIU, which simplifies parts handling and reduces both inventory volumes and ordering outlay – a further advantage when it comes to total cost of ownership.
The FAG Repair Unit consists of two tapered roller bearings, which are connected after installation by means of a snap ring. The snap ring ensures that the bearings are not damaged and are held in position during installation on the axle shaft.
In addition, the repair insert unit is supplied with a special tool for easy and convenient installation as a further technical development of the insert unit, ensuring reduced installation costs for the workshop. The use of incorrect or contaminated grease can also be ruled out.
Three FAG repair insert units enable around 43 hubs for over 2,100 different vehicle types to be repaired resulting in a significant reduction in inventory and in the ordering process.
FAG manufacturers original equipment quality tapered roller bearings, insert units and hub units plus the ingenious repair insert unit (RIU), and is a major original equipment supplier to leading commercial vehicle manufacturers such as Volvo, DAF, MAN and Mercedes Benz plus the major farm machinery manufacturers.
A century of experience
For more than 125 years FAG has been the brand of choice for the world’s leading vehicle manufacturers, and today the company provides unique garage oriented repair solutions in OE quality to the aftermarket.
Today FAG is the market leader in manufacturing high quality wheel bearings for trucks and trailers with the highest global OE production volume, the longest cooperation with truck and trailer manufacturers in joint R&D projects and the most extensive range and coverage.
Schaeffler Automotive Aftermarket offers parts and components for:
Drivetrain – clutches and components, LuK RepSet SmarTAC, LuK HD 30 Plus, power steering pumps, engine – belt drive components, transmission bearings, chassis – wheel bearings, repair insert unit (RIU), truck hub unit (THU), and differential bearings
Plus Repxpert – an online portal for service garages and professional technical support at www.repxpert.com