Food-Safe Bearing Lubrication: How to Eliminate Maintenance & Maximize Performance

Food-safe bearing applications require careful lubrication methods. The maintenance practices affecting these bearings have zero margin for error. Accidental contamination often requires stoppages or results in product losses. Traditional Bearing Lubrication With or without a lubrication system, greased-bearing function is wholly reliant on the user to get the lubrication process right. It’s impossible to know…

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Roller Chain Clinging to Sprockets? Causes and Solutions

When a chain clings or binds to a sprocket, this not only can slow down your operation as you look for a solution but can also damage the chain, sprockets, and other parts of your application. With roller chain clinging to sprockets, it’s time to look for a resolution. There are a handful of reasons…

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Roller Chain Climbing Sprockets? Causes and Solutions

Erratic movement – also known as jumping – is not a desirable trait in a chain drive. With roller chain climbing sprockets, connected components will experience detrimental forces. Sometimes the chain may even climb off the sprocket altogether! Don’t allow a drive to operate if your chain climbs the sprocket! If your chain “jumps” or…

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Solid Lubrication: Choosing the Right One for Your Bearings

Solid Lubrication render

As bearing technology evolves, solid lubrication is increasingly becoming a replacement for traditional greasing methods. The additional layer of protection solid lubrication provides is a huge benefit–one that can provide long-term cost savings and maintain productivity and performance. But not all solid lubricants are created equal. The type of solid lubricant you choose for your…

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Single-point Lubricator: How to Maximize Bearing Reliability

Single-point Lubricator

Bearings require precise lubrication practices to maximize their operational life. Manual greasing is and always has been easy to perform incorrectly. The greasing process contains many variables that, when executed improperly, lead to premature bearing failure.  Many applications and industries operate on the function and reliability of bearings.  Therefore, whichever lubrication system that you implement…

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Excessive Roller Chain Noise: Sources and Solutions

Roller chain is an essential part of your drivetrain. Ideally, the chain will run smoothly, quietly, and efficiently. Excessive roller chain noise is a warning sign of early fatigue or mechanical problems that can lead to problems down the road. Avoiding failure is key. Some noise is normal for a chain drive. During operation, the…

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Roller Chain Stiffening? Here’s What to Do

Your roller chain is an essential part of your power transmission drive, and it’s crucial that it operates smoothly. Over time, with roller chain stiffening, links in the chain and sprockets will experience undue stress. We recommend addressing any problems with chain stiffness quickly to prevent permanent damage. When troubleshooting a chain drive, it’s best…

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Sprocket Tooth Wear: The Causes and Solutions

Like a good many products in the power transmission industry, roller chain sprockets will inevitably wear. Sprocket wear is not necessarily a reason for concern. Excessive or rapid wear in any component, on the other hand, is concerning. The most probable cause of sprocket tooth wear? Elongated – or stretched – chain. This article will…

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