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Press-in Front Wheel Bearings From SKF
Monday, August 19, 2019

We’ve covered how to know when your wheel bearings need replacing and how important it is to be aware of the signs of possible bearing failure. If you’re in a situation where your bearings need replacing and you plan on replacing them yourself, it's vital that you have the right tools for the job, as well as replacement parts from a trusted supplier.  ..

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Are You Familiar With Insert Bearings?
Friday, August 16, 2019

Insert bearings are simply standard radial bearings that have been adapted to fit into a housing, which is why they are often referred to as adapted radial bearings. While they are commonly sold with a housing, they can also be purchased without one. Along with wide inner ring bearings, insert bearings are used in many different industries, from agriculture and food processing, to printing.  ..

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Flange Bearings – What You Need To Know
Monday, August 05, 2019

Flange bearings, also known as flange mounted bearings or flange units, are used to mount ball bearings to a perpendicular surface. The term ‘flange’ refers to a projecting flat rim, collar, or rib on an object, serving for strengthening or attachment or for maintaining position on a rail.  ..

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Three Common Causes Of Thrust Bearing Failure
Monday, July 22, 2019

It’s not actually common for crankshaft thrust bearings to fail but when they do, the result can be catastrophic for the engine. Aside from the significant costs for repair, a thrust bearing failure can pose a serious safety threat to operators in the general area. So, what is the purpose of a crankshaft thrust bearing and why do they sometimes fail? Here we answer your questions and advise on how to prevent an engine disaster.  ..

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Why V-Belts Are A Triumph Of Industrial Design
Monday, July 15, 2019

In the industrial world, drive belts are some of the most common systems used to link at least two rotating shafts together, transmitting power from a drive to a driven shaft. Of the many different kinds of drive belts available, V-belts (also known as wedge belts) are the preferred choice for power transmission, providing the best combination of traction, speed, load bearing, and service life. So, what sets the V-belt apart from the rest? ..

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A Basic Guide to Lock Nuts and Washers
Monday, July 08, 2019

If you’ve ever had to do some basic home DIY or spent some time working on wheels or engines, you’ll be familiar with nuts and washers and how they are used to fasten bolts. You’ll also know that if these bolts are attached to anything that vibrates, the nuts and washers are eventually going to loosen. That’s where lock nuts and lock washers come in. These mighty little components have been designed to grip the heads of the bolts they’re threaded to, preventing them from vibrating loose.  ..

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Don’t Neglect Your Trailer Wheel Bearings
Monday, June 24, 2019

There’s a lot to think about when you first purchase a trailer. Between choosing the right size, weight, price and storage capacity, it’s hardly surprising that most of us would never even consider the wheel bearings. These small components, however, are a vital part of the trailer’s overall function and they need to be maintained. Without proper wheel bearing maintenance, the safety and integrity of the trailer, as well as everyone else travelling alongside you, will be compromised. ..

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A Guide To Correctly Mount Your Bearings
Monday, June 17, 2019

Bearings are built to last and as such, they should outlast the life of the machine in which they function. So why does this rarely happen? Bearings are such an essential part of so many pieces of equipment and yet they are often the main source of the issue when a problem occurs. There are many reasons that bearings fail but one of the most common comes down to how the bearing is initially installed. Following this guide will ensure that your bearings are always mounted correctly, guaranteeing a longer lifespan for your bearings and your machinery. ..

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Extend The Life Of Your Electric Motor Bearings
Monday, June 10, 2019

Electric motors are simple, reliable and often overlooked, despite being some of the most important pieces of equipment in manufacturing processes. Unfortunately, without consistent maintenance, electric motors will often fail prematurely, and nearly 80% of electric motor failure is the result of bearing failure. So, how do you make sure your electric motor bearings last? Follow these tips and you’ll not only extend the life of your bearings, you’ll save your electric motors too! ..

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Adjusting Roller Chain Lengths With Offset Links
Monday, May 27, 2019

When discussing offset links for roller chains, it’s important to understand the basics of a roller chain. A roller chain is made up of roller links and pin links. Roller links make up the interior assembly of the chain and consist of two bushings that are press-fit into roller link plates. These may or may not include free-rotating rollers. Rollerless chains, for example, do not include rollers. The same roller links can be used for both multiple- and single-strand chains. ..

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