Bearings are a vital component in all rotating plant and equipment. They can take on a wide array of designs, materials and operating methods to achieve the required load, speed or dimensional requirements. With the demand on bearings so crucial to operating plant and equipment, bearing life is important and a failure can mean many lost hours in production and a large cost to repair. The rating life of a bearing is calculated by the manufacturer in revolutions or operating hours at a given speed before signs of metal fatigue show on the raceways or rolling elements. To achieve the life expectancy of your bearing there are many variables to consider, such as:
- Sealing arrangement
- Lubrication intervals
- Vibration analysis (this could be continuous, at set intervals or a combination of the two)
Installation is an essential part of ensuring your bearing is given the best chance to reach its expected serviceable duration.Whether it is installed using heat or drive up, EMF have experienced personnel to ensure bearings are installed to OEM (original equipment manufacturer) specifications, utilising the correct & most up to date methods in compliance with the OEM.