A Lubrication Condition or a Mechanical Condition?

July 11, 2017

When monitoring your bearing lubrication with ultrasound, it is important to watch for very high values in your condition indicators (total RMS and Peak values). After applying grease, both values should decrease proportionately. This is a sign the bearing was under-lubricated. If the total RMS value lowers and the peak value stays relatively the same, […]

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Using Ultrasound Technology for Acoustic Bearing Lubrication Monitoring

March 14, 2017

Bearings produce less friction when they are properly lubricated. But how do we know? How can you be confident that friction forces are where they should be? How can you confidently apply just the right amount of grease to return friction levels to normal? How can you distinguish between a bearing that need grease and […]

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Mistake #1 – Lubricating based on TIME instead of CONDITION (Series 1 of 3)

September 6, 2016

Lubricating a bearing once per week or once a month may seem like a sensible thing to do. After all, performing scheduled maintenance at regular periods is an age old concept ingrained in each of us early on. Even OEMs still advise best practices based on time intervals to ensure maximum asset lifespan. The problem […]

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Avoid these 3 mistakes when greasing bearings

April 12, 2016

Friction is all around us. Without it we would have difficulty to walk, run, or even stand. We need friction to drive our cars and fly our airplanes; and we need friction for our motors to drive pumps and our pumps to push product. So when it comes to our plant assets, friction is both […]

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8 Common Root Causes of Bearing Failures

December 26, 2013

What are some of the common “Root Causes” of bearing failures? Imbalance and misalignment account for a large percentage of premature bearing failures Improper lubrication Improper mounting methods (using a hammer,  etc.) Improper application for the installed bearing Manufacturing defects Excessive vibration after installation Excessive vibration before installation (during storage, transportation, etc.) Exceeding normal bearing […]

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