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Suitable Bearings For The Food & Beverage Industry
Monday, May 20, 2019

The food and beverage industry is usually home to some of the harshest environments in which bearings need to operate. With machines that have many moving parts, the bearings found in this industry are important, everyday components. They also have to adhere to the strict safety regulations, designed for manufacturing processes that come into contact with edible products.  ..

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Answering Your Most Frequent Bearing Questions
Monday, May 13, 2019

As an industry leader in Africa, we are constantly receiving questions about bearings. And since bearings are the core of our business at Bearing Centre, we are passionate about answering every query as professionally and promptly as possible. To make things a little easier, we’ve compiled a short list of the most popular questions that come through (usually related to the many industry acronyms in use), along with a clear, simple answer.  ..

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Protect Your Bearings From Corrosion
Monday, April 29, 2019

For bearings, corrosion is an often undetected and deadly enemy. While stainless steel and chrome steel bearings are designed to be resistant to corrosion, they are still vulnerable, particularly when stored incorrectly in harsh environments, where humidity and condensation can ultimately lead to rusting. Even the smallest exposure to chemicals, dirt and other contaminants, can increase the risk of corrosion and significantly reduce the life of your bearings. ..

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Bearings At The Heart Of Clutch Control
Monday, April 22, 2019

If you’ve ever driven a manual vehicle, you’ll be familiar with the process required to switch gears and apply power while the car is moving. But have you ever considered how the clutch, gear and power system in your car really works? And did you know, that at the very centre of every clutch operation is a particularly special component called a clutch release or throw out bearing? Let’s have a look at the function of this bearing in more detail. ..

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Take Care of Your Bearing Grease
Monday, April 15, 2019

Lubricant is essential for bearings to operate properly. A decent grease or oil will reduce friction, prevent contamination or corrosion, and extend the service life of your bearings. So, if you’re putting in the effort to care for your bearings, it would be sensible to put as much care into the lifespan of your bearing grease.  ..

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The Explorer Spherical Roller Bearing From SKF
Monday, March 25, 2019

Did you know that SKF was the first to bring the spherical roller bearing to market, back in 1919? The original design by engineer Arvid Palmgren is similar to the spherical roller bearing that is used today but since its invention, SKF has been continuously improving them for modern machines. Their range of sealed spherical roller bearings is now the widest on the market, and it’s the following unique features that give the SKF Explorer spherical roller bearings, such high performance.  ..

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Back To Bearing Basics
Monday, March 18, 2019

Bearings are the core of our business at Bearing Centre, but it’s been a while since we’ve focused purely on what these highly engineered, precision made components are and how they make our lives so much easier.  ..

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Tools To Safely Remove Your Bearings
Monday, March 11, 2019

Special tools are required to remove mechanical and industrial parts such as bearings, particularly when they’re installed within rotating machine shafts or shafts inside a hole (blind bearing). These tools are called bearing pullers, and they’re typically made from tool-grade steel, iron or other alloyed metal, to ensure they’re harder than the parts on which they’re working. There are many variations of bearing pullers, each designed for a specific type of application. ..

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Which Bearing Closures Are Best?
Monday, February 25, 2019

While we’ve covered the basics of ball bearings and roller bearings, what you may not be familiar with are bearing closures. Bearing closures are available in two simple types, namely shields and seals. Both are considered integral parts of deep groove bearings as they retain lubrication, prevent contaminants from penetrating the internal surfaces and can ultimately protect and extend the life of the bearing.  ..

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A Round-Up Of Roller Bearings
Monday, February 18, 2019

One of the earliest known types of rolling-element-bearings, roller bearings have become the most widely used in the world today. While their structure may be similar to ball bearings, the difference is that roller bearings are specifically designed to support heavy radial loads. Roller bearings are popular for their cost-effectiveness, durability, tolerance, temperature range, availability, variety and easy maintenance.  ..

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