Choosing a High-Speed Grease

Posted on Wed, Aug 12th, 2015 in: Bearing Maintenance

Most industrial facilities have bearings that rotate faster than normal processing equipment. When it comes to lubricating these pieces of equipment, not all lubricants behave the same way. It is decidedly important that these facilities select the appropriate high-speed grease for their needs. Therefore, we posit that there are six primary factors in selecting a high-speed grease:

Base Oil Viscosity – Ensure the viscosity adequately provides the lubricating film but is not too thick to cause excessive heat and drag.

Dropping Point – The dropping point of the grease should exceed the operating temperature by a wide margin to avoid excessive bleed and possible bearing failure.

Thickener Type – Choose a thickener that can provide the proper dropping point, channeling and bleed characteristics. Also, if you use multiple greases, check the thickener types for compatibility in case of accidental mixing.

Channeling Characteristics – The grease should be able to channel so excess heat isn't generated from grease churning.

NLGI Grade – The consistency of the grease will have an impact on the bleed characteristics and channeling properties of the finished 
lubricating grease.

Additive Load – Most applications require additives to help the oil lubricate. For greases, a wide variety of chemical and solid additives can be blended to aid in film strength and reduce friction and wear.

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GGB's HPMB Bearings Approved for Use in Hydropower Turbines

Posted on Sun, Aug 9th, 2015 in: Technology

On August 7th, 2015, the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) approved GGB Bearing
Technology's new HPMB filament wound bearings for use in hydropower turbine wicket gates. This approval is based on simulation testing that was performed by Powertech Labs. Conducted in April 2015 in accordance with USACE specifications, the testing simulated the operating conditions of a wicket gate in a Francis turbine. Test results showed an extremely low stick-slip effect, indicating smooth operation of the regulating mechanism in a turbine, as well as a low wear rate with no visible bearing damage in wet, dry, or edge testing.

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Timken Co. Opens New Facility in Houston, Texas

Posted on Wed, Aug 5th, 2015 in: Industry

Timken Co. has opened a facility in Houston, Texas to make its Philadelphia Gear brand high-speed drives. This Texas location should help Timken procure business with both new and legacy equipment to serve customers in the energy industry, the company said in a recent press release.

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Manufacturing Scales Upwards as the World Pushes Toward Automation

Posted on Mon, Aug 3rd, 2015 in: Industry

It might not be readily evident to the lay person, but the Manufacturing industry's share of global GDP is 16%. A whopping 30%-55% of all service jobs are in the manufacturing sector. Additionally, because of rapid technological innovations worldwide, including the growth of Machine-to-Machine connections (M2M) also known as "The Internet of Things," we are going to see manufacturing output grow even more in the coming years.

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How it’s Made: A Better Mounted Bearing

Posted on Sat, Aug 1st, 2015 in: Industry

Without bearings, there truly is no industry.

It's important to remember that bearings allow for smooth, low-friction movement between two surfaces. So what are the elements that make up a mounted bearing? For starters, there are different types of bearings and these bearings have slightly different elements and mechanisms that create its shape, size, and give it functionality.

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Bearings

Posted on Tue, Jul 28th, 2015 in: Bearing Maintenance

To get the most out of your bearings, it is crucial to make sure that you clean them regularly. This maintenance makes it possible to get the most out of your bearings. Patience and maintenance are virtues that ought to be remembered with regards to bearing longevity.

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SKF receives award from PSA Best Plant 2015 - Automotive

Posted on Sat, Jul 18th, 2015 in: Industry

Swedish conglomerate SKF has received two 'Best Plant' awards for outstanding performance in quality and logistics in manufacturing excellence for its factories in St Cyr, France and Tudela, Spain. The awards were given during the PSA Group's Best Supplier Awards ceremony held on June 16th in Poissy, France.

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The importance lubrication and modes of lubricating bearings: the number one bearing killer

Posted on Wed, Jul 15th, 2015 in: Technology

Bearings that get damaged oftentimes need to be replaced, resulting in downtime which hurts your productivity and ultimately your bottom line. Having to spend time replacing a bearing that failed is much more time-consuming than simply keeping your bearings adequately lubricated on a regular basis. In fact, many leading bearing companies have stated that incorrect lubrication can account for over 30% of bearing failures, ranking it as the #1 potential "killer" to the life cycle of a bearing.

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The Dangers of Counterfeit Bearings a Rising Concern

Posted on Fri, Jul 10th, 2015 in: Industry

Accidentally using counterfeit bearings can not only put businesses at risk, but most importantly it can also put human lives at risk. In the last 25 years, counterfeiting in general has grown by 10,000% worldwide. While there has been much reporting about consumers being taken advantage of by counterfeits in music, film, home electronics, and designer clothing, a far greater risk lies in the industrial counterfeiting of items such as bearings. Unfortunately, it's very difficult for one to tell the difference between a genuine bearing and a fake one. So what can one do to increase the odds that they are buying a genuine bearing?

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We Stock Everything You Need on Hard-To-Find Bearings

Posted on Thu, Mar 19th, 2015 in:

We stock everything you need on hard to find bearings, bearing spares and custome bearing options. Critical spares on the shelf are a piece of mind & Baker Bearing is the vanguard to stocking a variety of options in precision and prices for your call-out.  

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