Springs The simplest method of applying preload is to use a wave spring. The spring acts on the outer ring of one of the two bearings. This outer ring must be able to be axially displaced. In the diagram below, the bearing arrangement comprises a … [Read more...] about What are the best methods for preload in a bearing system?
Edited by Mike Santora A floating bearing arrangement is a bearing arrangement or configuration in which the bearings and the mating component(s) are able to move freely relative to each other in either the radial or axial direction. The intended … [Read more...] about When are floating bearing arrangements necessary?
Over time, even the best bearings will begin to wear down and fail without proper attention. A set bearing maintenance strategy can help you identify issues and avoid unnecessary downtime. Of course, the strategy that’s best for you can vary … [Read more...] about What is the best maintenance strategy for bearings?
The are many reasons for bearing failure, but storage issues can create problems before your parts are ever installed in your application. It’s important to make sure you store these parts properly to ensure optimal performance. The key to proper … [Read more...] about How should bearings be stored when not in use?
There are several industries where corrosion resistance is important, but not all bearings are suited for use in environments with moisture, acids, gases, and other potentially damaging substances. Corrosion can lead to several problems that range … [Read more...] about What bearings are best for corrosion resistance?
While bearings are most commonly made of metal, there are other materials that offer some distinct advantages depending on the needs of an application. Plastic bearings are versatile components that can come in several different forms, including deep … [Read more...] about Why use plastic bearings?
In this video, we speak with John Bacher, bearings manager for Primetals Technologies, at the company’s facility in Warren, OH. Bacher covers the basics about tapered roller bearings, from two-row tapered roller bearings (shown in the video) to four … [Read more...] about How do tapered roller bearings work?
In this video, we speak with John Bacher, Bearings Manager for Primetals Technologies, at the company’s facility in Warren, OH. Bacher covers the basics on spherical roller bearings and goes into detail on some of the features unique to this … [Read more...] about Spherical roller bearing basics: What do I need to know?
As you may have guessed, thin section bearings are exactly like what their name suggests: thin. These parts feature a compact design that results in a thinner, more lightweight product than other types of bearings. As a result, thin section bearings … [Read more...] about What are thin section bearings?
A cam follower is a component that is intrinsically tied to a cam. Cams exist in many applications–dishwashers, sprinklers, etc.–but the most well-known example is that of a camshaft in a car. The goal of a cam is to convert rotary motion to linear … [Read more...] about What are cam followers?