The demand for a quiet electric motor – meaning, one that runs with very little noise and vibration – was the primary application that drove engineers to develop and market low-noise ball bearings. Accordingly, the manufacturing equipment industry … [Read more...] about What Are EMQ-Rated Bearings?
By AST Bearings The demand for a quiet electric motor – meaning, one that runs with very little noise and vibration – was the primary application that drove engineers to develop and market low-noise ball bearings. Accordingly, the manufacturing … [Read more...] about What Are EMQ-Rated Bearings?
Most applications involving radial bearings use one or more types of ball or roller bearings, which are available in various precision levels known as tolerance classes. To rate these tolerances uniformly, we use the ABEC and RBEC rating scales as … [Read more...] about What are the precision levels available for ball and roller bearings?
The bearing industry uses different materials for the production of the various bearing components. Bearing materials are processed to achieve desirable properties to maximize bearing performance and life. Here, we examine the materials most commonly … [Read more...] about How to choose the right bearing material for the job
Examples of Applications Typical environments include factory and industrial sites, dirt and contaminants, humidity, and wash down areas. Typical properties of a grease that is suitable for the majority of motor applications: NLGI Grade … [Read more...] about Working environment factors for bearing selection
For rolling element ball bearings, determining the right lubricant is essential to maximize the life of the bearings and machinery and in turn, save money, time, and manpower. Unfortunately, many engineers fail to consider the multiple factors … [Read more...] about Rolling element ball bearings: finding the right lubricant
Choices can be confusing. Do you need chrome steel? Stainless steel? Low carbon steel? Or something else? Ball bearings are manufactured from a variety of materials, each designed to maximize performance and life. Below is a roundup of the various … [Read more...] about AST’s roundup on the best bearing materials for the job
With its offering of thin section ball bearings, AST helped two manufacturers of wall monitor arms used in healthcare applications achieve more reliable positioning and more durable mechanisms. Healthcare facilities turn to pivoting and … [Read more...] about AST thin section ball bearings: Medical application
By Christine Berlly Selecting the proper shaft and housing fit is critical in optimizing a radial ball bearing’s performance and life. A bearing can only perform to its full capacity when it is correctly fitted on the shaft and in the housing. … [Read more...] about AST on types of fits and loads for radial ball bearings
Ball and roller bearings are available with different types of shields and seals. These are commonly referred to as closures. Closures can extend bearing life by preventing contaminants from reaching the critical surfaces inside the bearing, and they … [Read more...] about Bearing closures, seals and shields