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Q&A:  Is Bearing Maintenance Important?

January 10, 2017

Is Bearing Maintenance Important?

Calling all manufacturers – just how important is bearing maintenance to the operation of your industrial equipment? Good maintenance leads to better efficiency and throughput, while poor maintenance contributes to higher manufacturing costs and unplanned stoppages. Yet not all bearings require the same level of maintenance; some don’t even need any at all. Let’s compare metals and composites:

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How to Avoid a Bearing Failure? Check the Processing Method (VIDEO)

August 16, 2016

How to Avoid a Bearing Failure? Check the Processing Method  

Today we spotlight bearing failure and share another way you can avoid it. It boils down to looking beyond the printed specs of the MSDS, to checking the method by which the raw plastics were processed. Here’s why the processing method can be the difference between a success and a failure in the field: 

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Q&A: Causes of Bearing Failure: Metal Brinelling

January 19, 2016

How does brinelling cause bearing failure in metal?

How does brinelling cause bearing failure in metal?

Some of our best questions come directly into our Ask the Experts portal, and this one is a prime example. Today, we review brinelling, which is a key cause of bearing failure in metals. Along with lubrication, fatigue, and corrosion, brinelling failure causes costly and premature bearing wear.

Here’s how you can avoid it.

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Causes of Bearing Failure: New videos explain why metal bearings fail!

September 29, 2015

Video  - Why Do Metal Bearings Fail? Composite bearing solutions.

Metal bearings – what causes bearing failure, really? The short answer is that there is no short answer; bearings can fail from a multitude of reasons including corrosion, fatigue, lubrication, maintenance and more. Yet whenever there’s a failure, it’s important to uncover the root cause ― but it can be a complex discovery process. 

Until now.

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Q&A: How can I correct a bearing failure of agitator steady bearings?

May 7, 2015


Keep sending us your questions about bearing failure and other bearing challenges! Some of our best products were developed as a result of your toughest applications! 

This week’s question was submitted by a chemical company looking to replace their reactor agitator steady bearing used in industrial mixing and blending. The client had been using a 25% glass-filled Teflon bearing, but had a high bearing failure based on low wear properties. Add to that the fact that glass filled PTFE is not FDA acceptable and the customer had more than a wear issue. They needed a replacement bearing with FDA compliance and good friction rates. After reviewing the application, our team recommended durable, Rulon 1439 FDA-compliant steady bearings.

Rulon was chosen based on the following factors:

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Causes of Bearing Failure – See the Video

February 19, 2015

Causes of Bearing Failure – See the VideoOf all of the questions we receive about bearings, one of the most-commonly asked is regarding the causes of bearing failure. Just why do bearings fail? 

Today, we address this complex topic with a new video.

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Bearing Materials and Tribology Testing

November 4, 2014

Blog_20141104I had an interesting conversation with a manufacturer this week regarding bearing materials and tribology testing. With so many counterfeit bearing materials on the market, it is more important than ever to ensure that you are using genuine materials before you begin manufacturing to avoid application problems down the line.

In our call we spoke of the number of processors claiming to sell quality, original materials, yet in many cases, the materials are actually a blend of poor-quality resins. To complicate the situation even further, the counterfeits often look and feel just like the real deal. How can you avoid falling victim to these lesser materials? Consider the advantages of tribology testing to guarantee true authenticity.

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5 Reasons Why Plastic Bearings Outperform Metal

October 21, 2014

3)	5 Reasons Why Plastic Bearings Outperform Metal

One of the areas of my position that I really enjoy is educating designers on the benefits of plastic bearings. There is still a widespread misconception that metal bearings have better durability and longevity, but the opposite is actually true! Plastic bearings are a tough-yet-lightweight and durable-yet-economical alternative to metal.

So what are some of the top reasons why bearings outperform metal – and should be part of your design specifications? Consider the following:

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Common Causes of Bearing Failure

October 16, 2014

Common Causes of Bearing FailureWhy do bearings fail?

Unfortunately, there is not one simple, one-size fits all answer to this question. When we evaluate bearing materials for any application, we also examine why previous materials may have failed. We look at operating conditions, running temperatures, lubrication issues, fatigue factors and more to determine the root cause. It is the culmination of all of these ― plus many other factors ― that contribute to bearing service life. Here’s a quick review of common causes to help you avoid bearing failure in the future:

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