Emerson Bearing Blog

Supply Chain Challenges in the Bearing Industry

Posted on July 19, 2024

While the bearing manufacturing industry might seem straightforward, there are many complexities to navigate. Bearing production requires access to quality raw materials and reliable supply chain networks. Factors like demand fluctuations, rising production costs, material shortages, and manufacturing errors can all put a significant strain on this industry. Here, we’ll explore these factors in more detail and explain how we’ve worked to close gaps in the bearing supply chain.

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Bearing Internal Clearance

Posted on June 7, 2024

Ball and roller bearing internal clearance is the total distance the inner or outer ring of a bearing can move when the opposite ring is fixed. A certain clearance is needed to allow for adequate movement between rings. Your bearing clearance can improve or hinder overall bearing performance. Over time, it can also affect the lifespan of the bearing.

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Friction vs. Anti-Friction Bearings

Posted on May 3, 2024

Bearings provide smooth rolling motion that can help machines function with less wear or friction. The less friction generated, the less energy is lost through heat. However, different machines require different types of bearings, and choosing the right kind will optimize the equipment’s day-to-day operations, long-term maintenance needs, and reliability. Learn more about the key differences between friction vs. anti-friction bearings to select the right type for your needs.

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Ceramic Bearings vs. Chrome Steel Bearings

Posted on February 26, 2024

Bearings improve efficiency in linear and rotational movements by reducing friction and supporting loads. The materials used to make bearings impact the applications to which they are best suited and how they perform. 

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How to Avoid Roller Bearing Failures

Posted on January 26, 2023

Roller bearings are designed to carry loads while minimizing friction. Connections must allow unrestricted movement, so instead of having point contact like ball bearings, roller bearings have line contact. This allows for greater shock resistance and capacity.

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Precision Bearings for Robotic Applications

Posted on December 15, 2022

Emerson Bearing is a leading supplier of high-quality ball and roller bearings. We have established and maintained our reputation for over five decades, delivering bearings to global and domestic customers. Our team of experts ensures each customer receives the most suitable bearings for their application. One of the major industries we serve is robotic automation. Read on to learn about our precision bearings for robotic applications.  

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Topics: precision bearings, bearings

Having Bearing Challenges? Talk with Emerson: Solve Your Pricing, Delivery & Technical Issues

Posted on November 23, 2022

A detailed understanding of bearings is crucial for selecting and sourcing the correct bearing. It's difficult for a customer with little or no knowledge of bearings to make the right decision. That's why it's best to partner with a company or service with experience in sourcing, pricing, and delivering bearings. 

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Topics: bearings, ball bearings

What Are Rod Ends and How Are They Used?

Posted on September 28, 2022

Rod ends consist of an eye-shaped head with an integral shank that serves as housing for a spherical plain bearing, or bushing. They are utilized in linkage applications where a bearing must support a significant misalignment. Rod ends are typically used in the automotive and aerospace industries, but they are also present in a wide range of industrial machinery.

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How to Optimize V-belt Life

Posted on June 27, 2022

One important component of many industrial and manufacturing systems is the V-belt. The importance of these components is often undervalued, but optimizing V-belts is critical for extending their life, increasing system efficiency, reducing the need for frequent maintenance, and preventing costly breakdowns. 

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How to Tell If Your Roller Bearings Are Worn?

Posted on May 19, 2022

Roller bearings are important components in most machines. If roller bearings are damaged, other machine parts or the products they produce can be compromised. Like ball bearings, roller bearings are designed to carry loads and minimize friction. It’s common for roller bearings to experience some abrasion over time that requires replacements or repairs. Here you’ll learn the most common causes and types of roller bearing damage to help you prolong equipment life.

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Topics: roller bearings, bearing maintenance


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