Product consistency is critical for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). Their name and profitability tie directly to the performance and reliability of their products. This includes the components they’ve chosen to build with. Can maintenance-free bearings improve the status quo? When a component like a bearing fails prematurely, remedying the issue often involves filing a warranty…
Grease lines and remote lubrication systems are a good solution compared to the manual greasing process. There are details that aren’t immediately clear about long-term usability, though. Do these systems go far enough in trying to limit lubrication issues? Is there a better option?
Greased bearings have a problematic relationship with washdowns. But for applications that need them, washdowns are non-negotiable. Solid lubrication has features that directly combat washdown issues, resulting in higher levels of cleanliness and uptime.
An explanation on why lubricating with grease has potential to cause problems and how solid lubrication can mitigate those same issues.
Permanent lubrication has large benefits for bearing life and it is not limited to lubrication. We look at each benefit and explain how they impact bearing life for the better.
In order to determine a specific bearing life, the equation and table provided will provide further information like required bearing capacity as well as allowable radial load. This article is an important resource during bearing selection.
It cannot be overstated how important proper lubrication is for power transmission components. Mounted bearings can be especially challenging in this regard. You’ll find our suggestions within.