A Guide to Selecting the Correct Bearing · Size Restrictions · Precision Requirements · Bearing Load · Operating Speeds · Durability · Maintenance.
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A Guide to Selecting the Correct Oilless Bearing

With dozens of types of oilless bearings and hundreds of thousands to choose from, selecting the correct bearing for your application can be a daunting task.

Generally speaking, the following factors should be considered in the following order: size restrictions, precision requirements, bearing load, operating speeds, durability, and maintenance issues.

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Size Restrictions

The space allowed for oilless bearing is usually rather limited. In many instances, shaft diameter or bearing bore diameter is established based on design requirements. Therefore, a bearing’s type and dimensions must fit established specs.

For instance, the bearing used for a dentist’s drill must obviously be a lot smaller than the bearing used in an oil rig.


Precision Requirements

The second big consideration when selecting a oilless bearing is precision. Some applications, like bearings for a CNC machine, will require a high degree of precision. In other applications, like in the wheels of a shopping cart, precision won’t be a major concern.

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Bearing Load

The amount of load that oilless bearings must sustain will have a big impact on what type of bearing should be used for a particular application. Moreover, the various loads managed by a bearing can significantly affect on-going performance and for that reason must be carefully assessed during the selection process.

Some bearings must handle radial loads, which act perpendicularly to the axis of rotation. Some bearings must handle an axial load, which acts parallel to the axis of rotation. If the load on a bearing is offset from these axes, it creates a moment load.

The qualities, degree, and direction of acting loads can be highly varied. Generally speaking, the fundamental load ratings indicated in bearing dimension tables show load capacity. Yet, in deciding the correct bearing type, thought should also be given to load type.


Operating Speeds

Every particular bearing has specified speed limits, all established from empirical testing conducted across a wide array of conventional applications. The allowable speed can differ based upon bearing size, type, degree of the load, lubrication, and temperature.

A key factor in a bearing’s high-speed performance is the kind and amount of lubrication that has been applied. Oilless bearing are best for high-speed uses.

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There are a number of factors to consider with respect to durability, including rigidity and temperature tolerance. Under loading, deformation along a bearing’s contact surfaces can occur and deformation can be a serious issue in some applications. From the sub-zero temperatures that an Alaskan oil rig must handle to 100-degree deserts of Saudi Arabia, the range of operating temperatures that a bearing will tolerate should also be a major selection concern.

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Some oilless bearing applications call for regular disassembly and reassembly to allow for inspections and maintenance. In these applications, bearings with separable rings are the most suitable.

The importance of thorough lubrication cannot be understated when it comes to prolonging and supporting the performance of any bearing type. Too much lubrication, too little lubrication, contamination, and combined lubricants can all have an effect on bearing performance. It’s also crucial to think about “grease service life,” the quantity of time a bearing can properly perform between lubrications.

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How to Choose the Right Bearing for Your Machine Application

Equipment that requires frictionless power transmission needs a specially chosen bearing that is able to handle its operations environment. The bearing selection process takes careful consideration at many angles all the way from the load type in the mechanical operation to the maintenance required to ensure its efficient running. As a bearing supplier in China, Viiplus has everything you need to know about choosing the right bearing for your machine application, whether you need a frictionless transmission for Michinery, food processing and other critical applications.

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