Bearings

Why Bearings Fail to Reach Expected Lifespans

Why Bearings Fail to Reach Expected Lifespans

At an industrial level, bearings are, without a doubt, the most widely used assets in all sectors and allow a lot of critical and non-critical equipment to remain in service. Depending on the source consulted, the first wooden bearings that were discovered date back...

How Contamination Impacts Rolling Element Bearing Life

How Contamination Impacts Rolling Element Bearing Life

In Parts 1 and 2 of this series, we discussed the evolution of rolling element-bearing life calculations from the original work of Lundberg and Palmgren in the 1940s and 50s to the most recent ISO 281 standard, published in 2007. In particular, we talked about the...

How to Properly Lubricate a Rolling Element Bearing

How to Properly Lubricate a Rolling Element Bearing

In Part 1 of this series we talked about the evolution of rolling element bearing life calculations from the original work of Lundberg and Palmgren in the 1940s and 50's to the most recent ISO 281 standard, published in 2007. Central to the ISO 281:2007 standard is...

How Long Should a Bearing Last?

How Long Should a Bearing Last?

The Evolution of Bearing Life Calculations and the ISO 281 Standard From slow-turning pillow block bearings to high-speed fan and electric motor bearings, rolling element bearings are the most common lubricated component in any industrial plant. The earliest known...