Polymer bearing material producer Vesconite Bearings intends to take advantage of South Africa’s high levels of solar radiation to power some of its most power-hungry processes. The company has already installed the first phase of its solar … [Read more...] about Bearing materials made with solar energy
In September 2020, Airbus revealed three concepts for the world’s first zero-emission commercial aircraft which could enter service by 2035. Here, Chris Johnson, managing director of SMB Bearings explains how this grand reveal could spark new life in … [Read more...] about How can bearings contribute to a greener aerospace sector?
The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) has replaced the rubber cutterhead bearings on the 102m (335ft) dredger Mahmoud Younis with a water-lubricated Composite bearing from Thordon Bearings. The retrofit, which took place at the Port Said Shipyard’s … [Read more...] about Water-lubricated composite bearing replaces rubber cutterhead bearings
3D printing technologies have evolved significantly over recent years, with much of the research effort placed in the materials science field. This has enabled the development of a whole range of high-performance polymers with mechanical … [Read more...] about Exploring advanced manufacturing processes and bearing design
Power generation sites provide one of the most important commodities, but this service can only be delivered if all of the equipment is operating reliably. Steam turbines need to be inspected and overhauled on a regular basis as recommended by the … [Read more...] about Rapid turnaround on remote geothermal steam turbine inspection
Beyond the large units driving generators, small steam turbines are commonly used in parallel with electric motors to power important assets such as pumps. Keeping these smaller turbines properly maintained is essential for continued performance and … [Read more...] about Extending small steam turbine performance and reliability to minimize costs
White metal or Babbitt bearings are used in a wide variety of rotating machinery and, just like conventional roller or ball bearings, they need to be replaced when they reach the end of their service life. Replacements can be manufactured by … [Read more...] about Sulzer increases capacity and efficiency for Babbitt bearing manufacturing
What do clocks, skateboards, and industrial machinery have in common? They all rely on bearings to maintain their smooth rotational movements. However, to achieve reliability, they must be maintained and handled correctly. This will ensure a long … [Read more...] about Ten tips for proper bearing maintenance
NORD DRIVESYSTEMS powers equipment that is used to process food and refine simple ingredients. NORD DRIVESYSTEMS provides highly configurable, flexible, and reliable solutions for food processing applications, including expansive product ranges … [Read more...] about NORD for specialized food processing solutions
There is some confusion surrounding the relationship between the precision of a bearing, its manufacturing tolerances, and the level of internal clearance or 'play' between the raceways and balls. Here, Chris Johnson, managing director of small and … [Read more...] about Are radial play and tolerance one and the same?