Archive for February, 2018

Bearings In The News – February 2018

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

This month we are featuring three articles, including one about ceramic vs. hybrid bearings, the bearings used by Falcon Heavy from SpaceX, and ball bearings in data centers.


What To Know About The Whittet-Higgins Company

Friday, February 16th, 2018

When it comes to manufacturers of industrial parts, Whittet-Higgins Company is one of the best in its class. They are located in Central Falls, Rhode Island. This is not a very large city, yet they have managed to become a fierce leader in the global market.

For more than 50 years, customers have done business with this company, which proves that they are trustworthy and there is no chance that they will stop anytime soon.


What Is An Induced Axial Load And How To Calculate it?

Friday, February 9th, 2018

All bearings with non-zero contact angles generate an axial load and apply as a radial load. Such generated load can be called by many names such as calculated thrust load, generated an axial force, and induced axial load (or IAL).

There is a very simple concept involved in IAL in terms of tapered roller bearings or contact ball bearings, the roller or the ball sits at an angle. Each time you place an extra radial load, you are pushing the roller down the hill. It implies that such action is generating a substantial axial component.


Types Of Bearings And How They Work

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

Bearings enable metal machinery parts to move smoothly and quietly, without the friction that can lead to the wearing out of these parts.

Without the use of bearings, we would be required to regularly replace parts when they get worn out. That would increase downtime, costs for parts, and efficiency.

In a nutshell, bearings make for less effort, easier movement, and reduced friction.