Quiet-running bearings for conveyor applications

CB-14 Series conveyor bearings from Kilian Manufacturing are specifically designed to operate quietly and reliably in the most demanding material handling applications. The CB-14 bearing design combines two major features that act together to reduce the metal-to-metal contact that is a common source of noise throughout a conveyor system. A nylon retainer separates and guides […]

Low-noise rolling bearing grease

Klϋber Lubrication, a worldwide manufacturer of specialty lubricants, introduces Klüberquiet BQ 72-72, a low-noise rolling bearing grease for long-term lubrication. The low-noise characteristic of this grease makes it suitable for applications that include rolling bearings in electric motors, fans, air conditioners, generators and belt tighteners in cars, electric household appliances and office equipment. Klüberquiet 72-72 […]

SKF helps keep brewery flowing

Using a sectional lubrication system to ensure performance, SKF helps Erdinger Weißbräu to keep its 1.81 million hectolitres of beer flowing. SKF has provided a modern lubrication system to the largest family-owned wheat beer brewery in Germany, to help them improve the flexibility of internal processes and meet growing demand. The 131-year-old Erdinger Weißbräu brewery […]

SKF at Kormarine 2017

Under the banner ‘Simplify with SKF Marine’, bearing and seal manufacturer SKF will present its range of marine products at Kormarine 2017 – the international marine, shipbuilding, offshore and oil & gas exhibition (Busan, Korea – October 24-27). The overarching message of the company’s stand is that – SKF Marine is a global marine expert […]

Igubal pillow block bearings on pest control drone

The FitoStinger drone was developed for pest control by the TSA Center in Spain. The drone is equipped with an extendable arm, which is used to accurately spray pesticides. To treat only affected areas accurately, the drone must be both durable and lightweight. The linear guide from igus that is used in the drone consists […]

Rotary bearings: Answers to common questions

Bearings are internal machine components that are crucial to motion applications. They reduce friction between moving parts by giving a surface something on which to roll rather than slide. Rotary bearings consist of smooth rollers or metal balls and inner and outer surfaces (races) against which the rollers or balls travel. These rollers or balls […]

A guide to ball bearing materials

By Preston Souza Product Specialist, xiros Bearings Ball bearings can be used in a range of applications, from medical and packaging technology to electronics and office technology. Since these components are available in different types of materials, each with their own set of features and benefits, weighing the pros and cons of a specific kind […]

Thordon and IMarEST support water lubricated propulsion systems

Shipping industry leaders attending London International Shipping Week (LISW) next week will be able to hear the case for water lubricated propeller shafts during an evening technical lecture organized by the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST). Taking place on September 13th at the IMarEST’s London HQ, Thordon Bearings’ regional manager George Morrison, […]

C-Flex double end pivot bearing

The C-Flex bearing or pivot is a cylindrical, limited rotational bearing, with a high relative radial and axial stiffness which is available in low, medium, or high torsional spring rates. It is typically available for maximum deflection angles of +/-30, but various configurations are supplied upon request. Torsional stiffness ranges from .0003 Lb-In/degree to 7.8023 […]

Basics of plain bearings

Plain bearings are cylindrical sleeves that bear light to moderate radial loads. They slide radially or axially over shafts to allow rotary motion or linear motion (or sometimes both) of these loads. Plain bearings of all types are compact and lightweight with high strength-to-weight ratio. Plain bearings have none of the moving parts that rolling-element […]

Scanning performance of air bearings

Stefan Vorndran • PI (Physik Instrumente) L.P. Air bearings are common in scanning applications. Scanning involves moving either a work-piece or an optic at a constant velocity, while a reading or writing operation takes place. Such operations include printing and image-setting (writing) and imaging (reading). While the physical act of writing an image or capturing an […]

Klüber Lubrication offers high-temperature lubricating greases for rolling bearings

Klϋber Lubrication, a worldwide manufacturer of specialty lubricants, introduces STABUTHERM greases for rolling bearings in the automotive, beverage, glass and ceramics industries. STABUTHERM GH 461 and STABUTHERM GH 462 feature highly effective anti-wear properties and are resistant to oxidation, providing reliable protection against corrosion. Application of STABUTHERM greases can reduce lubricant and waste water disposal […]

PTDA welcomes eight new members

The Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA) recently welcomed seven new member companies. Distributor Members Bearings Limited (Hauppauge, N.Y.) is a distributor of bearings, belt & chain drives, conveyors & material handling components, shaft couplings & u-joints, linear motion components, and PT accessories. “For us, PTDA represents legitimacy in the industry. Our company has been in […]

Disneyland’s Nemo submarine figurines use Vesconite Hilube

The crabs on the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage in the Tomorrowland area of Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, were recently sent for a rebuild cycle, in which they were inspected to ensure that they are physically and operationally in good shape – and this included an assessment of the bushings on their moving appendages. Crabs […]

Heavy duty, dirt and dust resistant bearings

Self-lubricating iglide bearings and bushings are suited for dirty and dusty environments and can be direct substitutes for metal bearings. The following video shows some of the many dirty environments where igus iglide bearings and bushing are put to the test. igus www.igus.com        

Radial shaft seal ring for main bearings in wind turbines

The global expansion of wind power facilities is proceeding unabated. Based on figures from Global Wind Energy Council, nearly 487 GW of output from wind energy were in place at the end of 2016. At the start of the decade, the installed output wasn’t even half that amount. It is not just the number of […]

Bearings for electrically charged, severe environments

Electrical current can be incredibly damaging to metal components. For bearings, it can cause a range of problems including fluting in the races, pitting of the ball bearings, and degradation of lubrication. Electric motors of all kinds, electric traction motors in railroad applications, and medical equipment such as MRIs, for instance, all involve high-stress environments […]

Rotary table tackles big wafers

The 335 mm diameter center opening in the ACR-335UT rotary table easily accommodates large 300 mm (12-in.) semiconductor wafers, allowing for extraction of the chip dies from the wafer during semiconductor assembly manufacturing processes or dual side wafer inspection. The ACR-335UT direct drive rotary table from IntelLiDrives adapts linear motor technology, coupled with precision bearings, […]

Emerson Bearing announces CAD library

Emerson Bearing Boston, a bearing company catering to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MRO) markets around the world, is simplifying the bearing search process through their online computer-aided design (CAD) library. Emerson Bearing Boston has expanded the Technical Toolbox section of its website to include a CAD Library. The company now […]

Plain bearings (sleeve bearings) and the shafts they ride

As mentioned earlier — in the FAQ Plain bearings: What are they? — plain bearings are made of many graphite, bronze, and plastics that include PTFE, nylon, and polyacetal. Material improvements have made plastic plain bearings increasingly common, even in demanding motion applications. Shaft material and wear of plain bearings The shafts on which plain bearings […]

More efficient bearing lubrication

The time spent on greasing bushings can be substantial. Although some greasing globally is automated, much re-lubrication is performed by hand using a grease gun. This means that the time spent greasing one grease point totals between three and five minutes for the staff member involved, be they a lube technician, a maintenance engineer or […]

Timken RacePac front and rear wheel end assemblies

The Timken Company has announced the launch of its new Lightweight Timken RacePac Front and Rear Wheel End Assemblies. Each Timken re-engineered RacePac wheel end assembly weighs approximately two pounds lighter than existing RacePac hubs, which will enhance speed and strengthen performance on all types of tracks, while increasing race teams’ efficiency in the shop. […]

The value of integrating partners early in the design process

Edited by Mike Santora In the traditional product design model, bearing selection isn’t usually a large factor. Not much differentiates one bearing from another, the thinking goes, so why spend time considering the type of bearing to be used when they’re all basically the same? Jonathan Checketts and Kim Evans are on a mission to […]

Igus robolink designer for custom robots

Igus’ new robolink designer is a quick and easy configuration tool made for designing and specifying in low-cost robotic joints and complete arm assemblies. With the robolink designer users can now create a custom robot for their needs, simulate the movement of the robot, save  parts list for future reference and request a quote for the […]

FAA compliance for GGB Bearing Technology

GGB Bearing Technology recently added EP 43 self-lubricating engineered plastic bearings to its growing list of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-approved products. GGB’s EP 43 passed FAA compliance requirements in a variety of flammability and toxicity tests for interior aircraft certification, making it suitable for interior aircraft applications such as seats, hinges, latches and passenger bins. […]