Bearing failure and how to prevent it

  • Bearings are the heart of all rotating equipment, and their condition is usually a reflection of the machine’s operation. However, sometimes bearings fail. In these cases, what is the first thing you should do?
  • Gain a basic understanding to assess simple failure conditions
    Bearing damage can occur for a number of reasons.
  • Issues such as misalignment, imbalance, looseness and friction can all be signaled through the bearing, sometimes leading to failure. Because bearings are usually the most important mechanical component, failures can lead to costly downtime, damage to adjacent components and high repair costs.
  • The good news, however, is that each failure leaves its own special mark on the bearing. Most of the time, signs of damage can help you determine the root cause, identify corrective actions and prevent a recurrence.

Reducing bearing failures

  • 9.5% of bearings fail due to operating conditions and need to be replaced before the end of the application’s machine life.
  • By selecting the right bearing for the right application, you can reduce unnecessary downtime, lost production, cost and damage.
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