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Bearing International warns against the unforeseen costs of using counterfeit bearings

Downtime, consequential damage, reduced lifespan, poor performance and safety are just some of the dangers of using counterfeit bearings, which are increasingly prevalent across South African industry, warns Andrew Altree, Product Manager at leading supplier Bearings International (BI). Customers sometimes think they can nab genuine parts in...

Broaden your horizons with BearingNet!

Lots of companies have their regular customer base – the local farmer, the local factory or the local classic car restoration company. You always carry stock of the products they regularly need to ensure you never disappoint them. You’re delighted with their returning trade and always go...

Everything you need to know about shaft collars

Shaft collars are one of the simplest mechanical components. However, they are also one of the most essential, found in almost every type of machinery, across every industry. Despite their simple design, shaft collars can sometimes appear complex, with many people not fully realising the critical role...

What is radial play?

The humble bearing has many geometric factors such as radial play, axial play and the contact angle which are interlinked and must be carefully considered to ensure the optimal performance of the component. Here Chris Johnson, managing director at specialist bearings supplier, SMB Bearings explains what design engineers need to...

Hayley 24/7 King’s Lynn Now Able To Offer Repairs To ATEX-Rated Equipment

As of January 1st 2021, the Hayley 24/7 Engineering Services workshop on the Hardwick Industrial Estate in King’s Lynn, can offer repair services for apparatus used in explosive atmospheres, to the Hayley Group branch network. The capability, unique across the Group, comes after Operations Manager, Carl Barnes and Supervisor,...

What are the advantages of thin-section bearings?

Thin-section bearings can provide design engineers with significant advantages when space is tight, tolerances are extreme and weight-saving is also a defining attribute. Here, Carter Manufacturing’s Hussain Lalani explains what thin-section bearings are and what they can do. Thin-section bearings offer design engineers a unique combination of...

How to Maintain Your Trailer Wheel Bearings for Long Life

For proper truck maintenance, there is a checklist of equipment-maintenance items to review before hitting the road. In most cases, the standard list includes oil levels and tire pressure, while trailer wheel maintenance is often forgotten. Checking the bearings inside the wheel mount to see if they...

Get to know your Angular Contact Ball Bearings

In angular contact ball bearings, the forces are transmitted from one raceway to the other at a specific contact angle (oblique to the radial plane). The bearings are therefore suitable for radial and axial loads acting simultaneously. As the nominal contact angle increases, so does the axial...

One simple secret for boosting your uptime

Productivity is key, no matter which industry you’re operating in. It’s no secret that the more efficient and productive you are, the higher your profits. But there’s one main enemy of productivity that everyone is looking to avoid: downtime. Let’s face it – no business has got...

Why is bearing endurance testing beneficial for bearing distributors?

Motivations behind bearing endurance testing With bearing endurance testing, you have to distinguish three motivations: technical validation, comparative testing and incoming inspection. Testing motivation has enormous impact on testing parameters, especially suspension criterion and number of test runs. For quality control and technical validation, a certain number...