Emerson Bearing Blog

How to Prevent Electrical Bearing Damage

Posted on August 13, 2019

Exposing a bearing to an electric current can cause electrical bearing damage. The damage manifests as pits and grooves on the bearings' surface create an uneven surface texture causing additional noise, vibration, and (eventually) complete failure. These outcomes can be costly, often leading to unnecessary downtime and expensive repairs or upgrades.

Although not all bearings are damaged by an electrical current and not all circuits cause bearing damage, there are two situations in which the problem typically occurs: when equipment is grounded incorrectly or when bearings are used in AC/DC motors with variable frequency drives (VFDs).

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Shaft Grounding Devices: An Economical Solution

Posted on July 15, 2019

Motor shaft voltages have the potential to damage the components around them. If a shaft’s voltage exceeds the insulation capabilities of nearby cables or parts, it can cause both long-term and acute damage to motor bearings.

Some high voltages can even lead to arcing between the shaft and the bearing. When this occurs, the arcing rapidly elevates the temperature of the bearing. Metal can vaporize and become permanently damaged and pitted from this process. 

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Principles of Lubrication

Posted on June 25, 2019

To perform at optimal levels, bearings require sufficient lubrication. When properly applied, lubricants can reduce friction, which reduces the amount of wear and tear experienced by the bearing part. Additionally, some types of lubricants can provide recirculation which serves as a cooling method, while other types can help to disperse heat buildup to improve system performance.

All of these characteristics help prevent damage to the bearing, as well as prolong its overall service life.

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How Friction, Temperature, and Lubrication are Related

Posted on April 5, 2019

When selecting bearings for your next project, there are three key factors to consider, which are also a function of the load being carried and the limiting or speed required. The friction, temperature, and lubrication involved in a system and its environment directly impact bearings, so it’s critical to select a bearing that has the proper tolerances for your application.

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When to Use Specialty Steels

Posted on December 3, 2018

Specialty steels – also referred to as alloy steel – contain additional alloyed materials that deliver special properties to the final product. Specialty steels are engineered to provide superior performance under specific conditions. For bearings such as roller bearings and ball bearings, specialty steels would be selected versus other bearing materials to deliver properties that can best withstand the operating conditions the bearings will be exposed to.

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Overview of Bearing and Seal Types

Posted on November 20, 2018

For any application that requires a device with rotating or rolling components, the choice of both bearing and seal is essential.

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The Demand for Ball and Roller Bearings

Posted on March 1, 2018

Allowing for great versatility and flexibility, bearings are used in every industry that involves motion.

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Bearing Basics: Extra Precision Bearings

Posted on February 14, 2018

In some industrial jobs, standard bearings simply can’t provide the precision needed for the application. This is where extra precision bearings come into play. These bearings allow for extra fine tolerance and precision, and are ideal for applications with stringent requirements for speed (RPM) and guidance accuracy. There are two primary types of extra precision bearings: deep groove bearings and angular contact bearings.

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Topics: bearings, ABEC Classes, ABEC Parameters, extra precision bearings

Food-Grade Stainless Steel Bearings with Solid Lube

Posted on November 17, 2017

In sensitive food-grade applications and corrosive environments, selecting the proper bearings is critical for ensuring optimal system longevity and reliability. In these harsh settings, bearings must provide high performance and durability without the need for frequent maintenance or replacement.

Over the years, bearing manufacturers have developed a range of solutions designed to stand up to the general wear and tear inherent in applications involving constant exposure to corrosive elements or ongoing, high-pressure washdowns.

For instance, stainless steel bearings, solid lube, and seals and slingers can be used to create unique components that deliver high performance and a long life span while resisting bearing contamination.

Here at Emerson Bearing, we’re proud to offer NTN Sentinel Series stainless steel bearings, which are specifically designed for use in these food-grade settings.

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Topics: bearings, split roller bearings, split bearings

How to Use Split Roller Bearings to Increase Facility Efficiency and Reduce Downtime

Posted on October 10, 2017

No matter what the specific application or industry focus, efficiency is key for ensuring optimized operations in industrial facilities. But high efficiency means more than just cutting-edge equipment and comprehensive quality assurance; it also means making use of high-quality, reliable components in all machinery and equipment. Doing whatever it takes to keep the machines running.

Split roller bearings, in particular, offer great versatility and wide-reaching benefits. Allowing for reduced maintenance and fewer replacements than traditional solid roller bearings, split bearings are used in a range of applications to reduce downtime, save on costs, and increase overall safety. Quick and easy to install and replace, these versatile components are essential for any facility requiring consistent operational efficiency. They are available as direct drop in replacements dimensionally to standard SAF Spherical Roller and Cylindrical Roller units with both metric and inch shaft dimensions.

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Topics: bearings, split roller bearings, split bearings

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