"The capabilities and value-added services of bearing
distributors varies according to their philosophies, customer base and facilities," said Jack O'Donnell, president of IBSCO (Intercontinental Bearing
Supply Company), Houston, TX.
Hydrodynamic or hydrostatic air bearings
have the serious drawback of needing spring fingers.
' repairable asset services are designed to reduce customers' operating costs and are backed by ISO 9002 supply-management systems, with performance guarantees.
SKF products include ball and roller bearings
, mounted units, maintenance tools, seals, lubricants, condition monitoring instrumentation, bearing
selection software and a host of bearing-related engineering services.
Operating Environment--The operating environment for a bearing
extends beyond environmental considerations, such as temperature, humidity, salinity etc.
Under no circumstances should any bearing
be heated with a torch, since doing so cuts the bearing
's effective life by more than 50%.
Installation and operation largely determine the service life of a mast guide bearing
. Lift truck mechanics should follow the truck manufacturer's installation instructions carefully, taking special care not to damage bearing