The Basic Functions and Maintenance of Bearings

by Andrew A.
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A bearing refers to a mechanical part of an industrial object. This may be a standard definition of the term, but do you really know what the device does? This tool is, in fact, fundamental to the machine sector such that it is often referred to as bread and butter. Bearings are used in different machine types. But since they work well in the shadows, professionals interested in delving into the industry probably hear of the term but have no clue of what exactly it means. For that reason, this write-up will explain the basics of bearings with a focus on turntable bearing. It also highlights their functions.

The Pain Point

No matter how hard you try to prevent it from happening, things break. There is often a chance that a product will fail. The same applies to turntable bearings.

However, that does not imply that you cannot prevent the issues from arising because then, it would result in major downtime.

This blog post is a detailed guide to some of the foremost factors that may contribute to bearing failure and how possible it would be to prevent the issues from arising.

When you learn more about the potential problems, you will be able to prevent them as well. This means that you can get the most out of your bearings. This should simplify your applications.

Up to 90 percent of failures in bearing are caused by lack of lubrication. It includes insufficient lubrication and the application of substandard lubricants or high temperatures that can degrade the lubricant.

What Should You Look for?

 There are a few things you should look for in your device in the case of a bearing failure. One of them is a discolored rolling element like blue or brown and a rolling-element track coupled with overheating and excessive tear and wear in the device’s bearing.

a. Fixing The Problem

You should use the recommended lubricant type and avoid grease loss while following the appropriate lubrication intervals.

b. Contamination

The contamination of a device is caused by different foreign substances that get into the lubricant of the bearing and cleaning solutions. They are such as dirt, dust, and steel chips hailing from contaminated areas and dirty tools.

c. Things to Look For

You should watch out for denting of elements and raceways, which cause vibration. To fix this, clean the work areas and fixtures to reduce the chances of contamination.

d. Improper Mounting

All too often, bearings need to be mounted using a press fit on the ring.

What to look for

What to Look for there are multiple conditions that can contribute to denting and cracked rings. They include mounting bearings on the shafts through applying pressure blows on the outer surface.

Fixing It

Using a manual, follow the appropriate mounting instructions while providing training to ensure that all workers are well versed with the differences between an appropriately and inappropriately installed mounting.

Final Thoughts

By arming yourself with the problems that may cause a bearing failure besides the signs you should watch out for, you have taken a rather huge step toward cutting down machine failures.

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