5 Tips for Installing Your Bearings Right the First Time
The installation process of your bearing is critical to the success of your application. Follow these instructions to minimize downtime and increase performance.
1) Choose the best bearing for your application
Not all bearings are created equal. Choosing the best seal and best shaft-locking mechanism for your bearing will increase overall bearing performance and life.
2) Review manufacturers’ installation instructions
Always review and follow the manufacturers’ instructions. There is critical information in these instructions that will lead to a successful install or replacement.
3) Assess shaft characteristics
The shaft does not have to be perfect, but does have to be in decent condition. The shaft size is critical.
4) Ensure proper bearing position and tightening of shaft-locking mechanism
Follow the equipment manufacturers’ recommendation for positioning the fixed and expansion units. Tighten the shaft locking device per the installation instructions. Make sure the bearings are aligned - misaligned bearings will cause near immediate failure, creating unnecessary downtime.
5) Use appropriate lubricant
Relubrication in the proper intervals and proper quantity will increase bearing life, which leads to less downtime and lower cost.
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