Built as a rolling mechanical assembly, bearings facilitate different types of load, thrust, and radial movement between moving parts along a track. Constructed in multiple forms to support various applications, bearings are used to constrain relative motion along a track while ensuring a desired motion is achieved. This dramatically reduces friction between all moving parts, providing high rotational speeds for rotating or oscillating machinery. Operating off of their own unique set of principles, common bearing types include: plain bearings, rolling element bearings (i.e., ball bearings, roller bearings), jewel bearings, fluid bearings, magnetic bearings, flexure bearings, and more.


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Friction refers to the resistance that a surface faces when moving across another, often being a condition that can wear components down and prevent them from optimally performing. For the wheels of an automobile, aircraft, or other ground vehicles, smooth rotation with minimal friction is crucial for forward movement and standard operations. Wheel bearings are a primary component of countless wheel assemblies, coming in the form of Ball bearings and roller bearings that facilitate rotation. As a crucial part present in various vehicles, regular maintenance and inspection is required to prevent equipment damage and failures.


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Bearings are machine components that are present in countless assemblies, capable of mitigating the friction generated between moving parts while also constraining motion. As bearings often take on a variety of radial and axial loads when implemented within numerous construction types, there are many forms of bearings that have been developed over the years to accommodate different applications. Plain and sleeve bearings are two types that are often found in many assemblies, the latter being a specific form of plain bearing. As common machine elements to countless assemblies, having a general understanding of both types can be beneficial when searching for a bearing solution for a particular need.


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Ball bearings and roller bearings look and function similarly to one another. Despite this, there are many differences in the way each type of bearing is used. In this blog, we will discuss the differences between ball and roller bearings.


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Bearings are components that are often found in many assemblies and apparatuses that feature moving parts. As components that can both reduce the friction between moving surfaces and facilitate the motion of various parts, bearings are crucial for the operations of countless assemblies and can extend their service lives by mitigating wear. While there are many types of bearings commonly used for various applications, the two primary categories used to classify bearings are whether they utilize round balls or cylindrical sleeves for their construction. As both designs will provide different benefits that may cater to specific applications, understanding their differences is highly beneficial.


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Fafnir bearings are a type of bearing first manufactured by The Fafnir Bearing Company in 1911. Since then, the Fafnir brand has been bought and sold by a number of other companies and is now part of The Torrington Company, which is owned by The Timken Company. Despite this, Fafnir bearings are still sold under the Fafnir brand name to a broad range of OEMs and distributors throughout the world. They are used in a wide range of industries, such as aircraft, automotive, agriculture, machine tooling, textiles, food & beverage, paper & steel mills, and more. This blog will cover Fafnir bearings in detail, as well as their types and applications.


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A Bearing is a machine element used to guide motion and minimize friction between moving parts. They typically provide either free linear movement for a moving part or free rotation around a stationary axis. Bearings are classified in three ways: the directions of the forces applied to the bearing, the type of friction it experiences, or the type of rolling contact. This blog will explain the main classifications of bearings and what makes each of them unique.


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The Timken Company is a global industrial leader with a growing portfolio of high-quality engineered bearings and power transmission product brands. With over a century of knowledge and innovation behind them, Timken remains committed to improving the reliability and efficiency of global industries that help move technology forward. Timken does this in a variety of ways. They help with NASA in their mission to Mars, collaborate with renewable-energy companies to power the world’s largest wind turbines, and partner with engineers to include global transportation, including drilling the longest rail tunnel in the world. With over 25 brands under the Timken name, the company continues to grow and meet the dynamic needs of the global market.


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In the aviation and mechanical market, there are many types of electric motor ball bearings as well as roller bearings. Most electric engines in mechanical offices comprise a moving component course, either metal balls or roller heading. In this article, we will look at these various sorts of orientation and fixing strategies that can help in the aeronautical and IT hardware space.


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Bearings are in use throughout aircraft, automobiles, and marine craft. As such, they are subject to extreme conditions that, over time, can wear them down and eventually lead to failure. Factors such as fatigue, contamination, brinelling, misalignment, lubrication failure, and more can all be causes of bearing of failure. This blog will explore the two main causes of bearing failure - fatigue and contamination - how to identify them, and what causes them.


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