Back in 2000, scientists discovered zircon in rocks that showed life might have started 500 million years earlier than previously thought. This incredible compound has made a huge impact, as has its oxide, zirconia (ZrO2), used to make full ceramic … [Read more...] about Ceramic bearings for medical environments
A bee can travel over five miles and then remember its way home, despite possessing a brain the size of a pinhead. Scientists have been putting them in virtual reality simulators to help improve unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or drone technology. … [Read more...] about The buzz around drones in the oil industry
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?
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
To counteract confusion over the many steel bearing variations available, specialist bearing supplier, SMB Bearings has published a new materials guide to provide a helpful resource. The guide, Steel bearings: an essential guide to this essential … [Read more...] about SMB Bearings publishes steel bearings guide
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
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?
There are a huge number of variables an engineer needs to weigh up when selecting the right types of bearings for a project. There is no doubt things can get confusing, particularly if your project is non-standard. Here, Chris Johnson managing … [Read more...] about Navigating the bearing selection process
Estimates show that wave power could supply 10% of the global demand for energy by the year 2050. If true, this would be a significant boost to a greener future, but currently, this renewable energy source is still in development. Here, Chris … [Read more...] about Ceramic bearings for ocean power applications
With 13% of bearing failure attributed to lubrication factors, bearing lubrication is a fast-evolving area of research, supported by academics and industry alike. Here, Chris Johnson managing director of EZO bearings supplier SMB Bearings, explains … [Read more...] about Keeping the food production wheels turning