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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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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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Reduce Contaminants And Improve Bearing Life
Monday, July 03, 2017

Contaminated lubricant is one of the leading causes of bearing damage and often a major factor in the premature end of bearing life. When a bearing operates in an environment that is clean, it should only fail from eventual, natural fatigue but when the system becomes contaminated, it can significantly shorten bearing life. ..

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Condition Monitoring Can Preserve Your Assets
Monday, June 26, 2017

Faults in electrical machines are often the result of bearing degradation. As we know, those small metal balls are a vital component of any machine and need to be properly maintained. Early detection of a fault could be the difference between a machine that runs smoothly for its expected lifespan and a machine that constantly breaks down. ..

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Extend The Life Of Your Pillow Block Bearings
Monday, June 19, 2017

The support bearings of many machines, located at or near the ends of the shafts, are often far less secure than they need to be. To give the machine the added support it needs and to ensure alignment flexibility, pillow blocks (occasionally referred to as ‘plummer’ blocks) are often used, particularly on conveyor guides, mining equipment, and fan gear. While pillow blocks will certainly aid in extending the life of your equipment, they won’t last without proper maintenance and care.  ..

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Needle Roller Bearings
Monday, May 08, 2017

Needle roller bearings are a type of roller bearing that contains small cylindrical rollers. These rollers resemble miniature vials in appearance. Similar to other roller bearings elements, needle roller bearings are made of needle rollers, a cage and an outer raceway. Needle roller bearings are unique to the roller bearing family because they have a larger surface area that touches the bearing’s outer surface. Depending on the direction of the load being supported, these bearings can support either radial or axial loads. They are also able to support extreme oscillation and rigidity requirements.  ..

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Automobile Ball Bearings: Where They Are And What They Do
Monday, April 24, 2017

Every day across both industry and in our private lives, ball bearings keep vehicles functioning correctly ‒ avoiding friction and supporting both radial and axial loads. Automobile ball bearings are found in everything from wheels to turbochargers, and are particularly important in vehicles because they help counteract the effects of inertia.  ..

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How To Change A Trailer Wheel Bearing
Monday, April 10, 2017

Trailer wheel bearings must be changed fairly regularly to keep your trailer running smoothly. As a general rule, if your wheel bearings are noisy, it’s probably time to change them. Take a look at Bearing Centre’s step by step guide on how to change a trailer wheel bearing. ..

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Types of Bearings Used in Motorcycles
Monday, March 13, 2017

Motorcycles are one of the most popular modes of transport today, especially in dusty and traffic-filled streets. With so many moving parts, it should come as no surprise that the average motorcycle has between 20 to 30 bearings of a number of varieties. Your average motorcycle would not enjoy smooth handling or transmission without them. Take a look at Bearing Centre’s breakdown of just some of the bearings used in motorcycles. ..

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What Are The Symptoms Of Worn Wheel Hub Bearings?
Monday, February 27, 2017

Wheel hub bearings are vitally important to the structural integrity and safety of any vehicle. Particularly in the case of your car, where worn wheel bearings can affect the efficiency of your anti-lock braking system (ABS). Take a look at these signs and symptoms of worn wheel hub bearings to ensure that you're always in for a safe ride. ..

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