Cost, service, delivery time, product variety and custom fabrication.
These are just some of the many variables OEMs must consider when searching for a bearing supplier. In order to get the most from your bearing investment, you need to have the right material, with the right fit, at the right price, and with right-on-time delivery.
While there are many bearing manufacturers to choose from, keep in mind that not all suppliers are authorized to sell certain materials (in fact, TriStar is the exclusive North American supplier of genuine Rulon® bearings). Some suppliers actually sell materials of questionable quality, yet they are marketed as the real material (explore this issue in our Rulon Paper: How to Recognize Genuine and Avoid Counterfeit).
With this in mind, the question then becomes, what are some key questions to ask a bearing supplier?