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Top tips for maintaining a secure supply of quality bearings

Top tips for maintaining a secure supply of quality bearings
It has become a cliché to say that the coronavirus pandemic is posing an unprecedented challenge to global supply chains. Bearings are vital to the effective functioning of so many applications that supply chain management cannot be neglected for those who rely on them. Here, Chris Johnson, Managing Director at SMB Bearings, explains how best to ensure your supply chain delivers the bearings you need.
12th October 2020

Bearing specialist publishes steel bearings guide

Bearing specialist publishes steel bearings guide
To counteract confusion over the many steel bearing variations available, SMB Bearings has published a new steel bearings guide to provide a helpful resource. The guide, Steel bearings: an essential guide to this essential workhorse, also provides practical application advice when choosing a steel bearing, which can be downloaded for free on the SMB Bearings website.
5th October 2020

Do you know your ZZs from your 2RUs?

Do you know your ZZs from your 2RUs?
Knowing the suffix code for your preferred bearing closure may make you look like a bearing whizz. However, asking the right questions to ensure that you’ve selected the most suitable option for your specific application environment is the real smart move and will extend your bearing’s service life in the long run. Here, Chris Johnson, Managing Director at SMB Bearings, explains three questions you should ask when choosing between a bearing shield or seal.
16th September 2020


The advantages of ultrasound for condition monitoring

The advantages of ultrasound for condition monitoring
Pierre Langevin patented the first technological application of ultrasound during World War One by inventing a device to detect submarines. Like Langevin, maintenance engineers and plant managers can also use ultrasound for detection. Either by itself or as a companion technology, ultrasound can be an excellent part of condition monitoring for your bearings. Here, Chris Johnson, Managing Director at SMB Bearings, provides an introduction into some of the benefits of this technology.
3rd September 2020

Let your bearings grow old gracefully

Let your bearings grow old gracefully
It’s easy to believe that something made of steel will last forever. However, no matter how well you care for bearings in your plant equipment, they will eventually wear and need to be replaced. This is because they have what’s known as a fatigue life. Here, Chris Johnson, managing director of SMB Bearings, explains how to avoid shortening their lifespan.
20th August 2020

Navigating bearing retainer design options

Navigating bearing retainer design options
In mathematics, Pascal’s triangle is an arrangement constructed by summing adjacent elements in preceding rows. It has applications in algebra, probability and is a useful model for calculating combinations - commonly referred to as 'n choose k'. Here, Chris Johnson, Managing Director of SMB Bearings, explains how to navigate the seemingly endless choices in the bearing retainer design process.
19th August 2020

Smart bearings: The demise of slow-comotives

Smart bearings: The demise of slow-comotives
According to the TUC, the average rail commute in the UK takes an average of 2 hours and 11 minutes, each day. Also add to the equation that, in 2018, more than one third of trains failed to arrive at stations on time due to technical faults, and you’re left with one very miserable commuter. Chris Johnson, Managing Director of SMB Bearings, considers the future adoption of smart bearings and their impact on Industry 4.0 and the UK.
22nd July 2020

Don’t blame it on the bearings

Don’t blame it on the bearings
Stamping a low quality metal with a high quality machine tool probably wouldn’t result in success. But how many operators, unaware of the low grade material, would blame the machine tool? This event serves as a reminder that pinning the blame on the wrong thing, in any scenario, simply isn’t helpful. But as Chris Johnson, Managing Director of SMB Bearings explains, similar scapegoating also takes place with bearings.
22nd May 2020

Designing robots for cleanroom applications

Designing robots for cleanroom applications
There's a lot to consider when designing a robot for a cleanroom application. You're bringing together two genres of priorities, that of the robot; to be precise, smooth and long-lasting, and that of the environment; to prevent contamination in accordance with industry standards. Chris Johnson, Managing Director of SMB Bearings, explains why you need to consider both these genres when choosing cleanroom bearings.
13th June 2018

Precision bearings help make robotics a reality

Precision bearings help make robotics a reality
  As is often the case, at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) the spotlight remained on robot personal assistants. Inspired by the show, Chris Johnson, Managing Director of SMB Bearings, explains what design engineers, as well as end users specifying a robot, should know about thin section bearings.
15th February 2018

Augmented humans: the future of robotic exoskeletons

Augmented humans: the future of robotic exoskeletons
There is a huge buzz around robotic exoskeleton suits, all thanks to Hollywood. The technology portrayed in Iron Man, the Edge of Tomorrow, and Avatar all show humans with superhuman abilities because of robotic add-ons. Chris Johnson, Managing Director of specialist bearing supplier SMB Bearings, explains the importance of choosing specialised bearings and lubrication in robotic exoskeletons as the development into this technology advances in real life.
6th September 2017

Choosing the right balls for your bearings

Choosing the right balls for your bearings
The time has finally come that some pro-cyclists have turned to precision hybrid ceramic bearings for their low rolling resistance to give them a race day advantage over those who opt for all-steel bearings. Chris Johnson, Managing Director of specialist bearing supplier, SMB Bearings, explains this choice and explores the differences between full ceramic and hybrid bearings.
4th August 2017

New plastic bearings range makes the grade

New plastic bearings range makes the grade
A range of plastic bearings that provide non-magnetic, chemical resistant options to a variety of industries and manufacturers has been launched by miniature and specialist bearings and relubrication provider, SMB Bearings. The bearings provide a cost-effective solution to a range of niche markets, where traditional bearings would not be appropriate.
17th July 2017

Harder than nails ceramic bearings can withstand Mars conditions

Harder than nails ceramic bearings can withstand Mars conditions
A range of non-magnetic, highly corrosion resistant ceramic bearings have been launched by specialist supplier of miniature bearings, SMB Bearings, which has the capability of facing extreme conditions at either ends of the temperature spectrum, even those found on Mars. With implications for the chemical, food and beverage, marine and pharmaceutical industry, this product launch will keep machinery moving smoothly in the harshest of environments. 
31st May 2017

UK bearings hit the right note at Eurovision 2017

UK bearings hit the right note at Eurovision 2017
As the Eurovision Song Contest approaches, Oxfordshire-based miniature bearings supplier, SMB Bearings, has been contracted to provide specialist bearings as part of the set design for the 2017 competition, which is set to take place in Kyiv, Ukraine on 13th May. The stainless steel bearings will be used in lighting and camera rigs on the set of the annual televised contest.
10th May 2017

Stock up on specialist stainless steel bearings

Stock up on specialist stainless steel bearings
A range of 316 grade stainless steel ball bearings has been added to SMB Bearings' catalogue. The 316 bearing variety has been specially selected for customers with applications operating in harsh environments, which the bearings can withstand thanks to their marine grade stainless steel construction. The bearings will find a home in food processing, chemical manufacture and pharmaceutical production as well as marine and other liquid process applications.
14th March 2017


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