The split-to-the-shaft feature enables the bearing to be fitted without requiring access to the shaft ends, reducing your downtime significantly. The Support caps and housing halves are easily removed for quick visual inspection of bearing components during maintenance. Below is an simplistic comparison of the downtime cost of a Split Bearing vs. a Solid Bearing (cost of ownership):
The above figures used are conservative in that the time taken to replace a Solid Bearing is often longer than in the example, we have also not factored in the variable labour and rigging costs that would add to the overall downtime cost. Closer analysis would result in even greater savings.