In an industrial setting, we all know how crucial it is to find the right components of the puzzle to reduce costs and increase output.

And it’s no different when it comes to sourcing bearings; making considerations for industrial use, choosing the right bearing components and materials have to be a frictionless process.

Without due attention to ball bearing and roller bearing fit, there’s a chance of seeing reduced efficiency, needless downtime, increased maintenance attention, friction wear on adjacent components and even equipment seizures.

To avoid seeing rolling contact fatigue (RCF) and damage from incorrect bearing components and materials, the following considerations should be met:

1. Load

A bearing must be able to handle the anticipated pressure and weight of the radial load, axial load and combined load in order to function efficiently and to the intended lifespan.

2. Speed

Machines operating at high speeds must have speed-dedicated bearings able to withstand the extra force added to the bearing in motion. For example, the ability to withstand minor misalignment while in rotation.

3. Temperature

A ball bearing needs to be able to have the right space to allow for thermal expansion and resulting friction heat. Non-conformal contact between the ball bearing and the attachment can increase the friction and thermal conductivity between components.

4. Sealing

The sealing of the bearing is crucial to maintaining lubrication levels and decreasing debris infiltration within the bearing components and materials. In a high debris producing plant, a shield sealing is recommended.

5. Maintenance

The right ball bearing or roller bearing will have the maintenance requirements that match or exceed the maintenance program in operation. By balancing the cost of the bearing with the life performance, it can be critical in avoiding expensive downtime.

As one of the leading bearing supplier in India, our team of experienced engineers are here to assist you with recommendations for the best type of bearings used on your equipment or your specific applications. To find out more about exactly which of the bearing materials are best for your machinery, get in touch with us.