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.
A brief discussion on the common stainless steels used throughout the power transmission industry. Material composition and best uses are also highlighted, as well as why they’re important in a bearing.
A comparison between stainless and thermoplastic mounted bearings, highlighting pros and cons of each, what they have in common, and in what applications each one may excel in.