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The buzz around drones in the oil industry

The buzz around drones in the oil industry
A bee can travel over five miles and then remember its way home, despite possessing a brain the size of a pinhead. Scientists have been putting them in virtual reality simulators to help improve Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) or drone technology. While the honey bee currently has the edge, drone technology is catching up. Here, Chris Johnson, Managing Director at SMB Bearings, explains the potential value of drones for maintenance inspection of oil pipelines and cooling towers.
9th February 2021

UK Coastline is kept safe with the help of igus

UK Coastline is kept safe with the help of igus
Volunteers at the St Albans Head Coastwatch Station are keeping people safe - thanks to a special pair of binoculars and a gift from igus. The station, based along Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, received some much-needed help from igus.
3rd February 2021

Understanding the internal geometry of ball bearings

Understanding the internal geometry of ball bearings
The humble bearing has many geometric factors such as radial play, axial play and the contact angle which are interlinked and must be carefully considered to ensure the optimal performance of the component. Here Chris Johnson, Managing Director at SMB Bearings explains what design engineers need to know about radial play.
27th January 2021


New chainflex cable box saves users time and money

New chainflex cable box saves users time and money
A new chainflex cable box is proving a best seller for igus. The chainflex CASE, a new logistics solution from this global manufacturer of energy chain systems and polymer plain bearings, is saving customers both time and money.
21st January 2021

Simulation testing ensures products are top quality

Simulation testing ensures products are top quality
Virtual Reality (VR) means much more than video games, as when purchasing an electrical device you’re invariably presented with a table featuring the part’s working parameters and operational limits. Discovering these limits takes a lot of testing, so can simulations simplify this process? Here, Steve Hughes, Managing Director of REO UK, discusses the details that go into simulating, stress-testing and prototyping electrical components.
18th January 2021

Navigating the bearing selection process

Navigating the bearing selection process
There are a huge number of variables you need to weigh up when selecting the right types of bearings for your project. There is no doubt things can get confusing, particularly if your project is non-standard. Here, Chris Johnson Managing Director at SMB Bearings, explains one of six important bearing selection considerations.
12th January 2021

Is all bearing surface damage troublesome?

Is all bearing surface damage troublesome?
Up to 40% of a vegetable crop can go to waste due to the aesthetic requirements of some supermarkets. While a wonky vegetable may not be the most visually pleasing, it possesses the same nutritional value as its perfectly proportioned counterpart. Here, Chris Johnson, Managing Director of SMB Bearings, explains why not all bearing surface damage should cause alarm and future headaches for offshore oil and gas plant managers.
5th January 2021

Is industry ready for bearing simulation software?

Is industry ready for bearing simulation software?
Bearing buyers often request bearings with a lifespan of up to 100,000 hours of operation. While the bearing manufacturer has done its own testing to validate the lifespan against different loads, it doesn’t paint the whole picture of how a bearing will endure the buyer’s specific application. Here Chris Johnson, Managing Director at SMB Bearings explains how sophisticated bearing simulation software can be used to support application specific bearing design and analysis processes.
10th December 2020

How to manufacture better universal joints

How to manufacture better universal joints
Vehicle Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) ask for three things when sourcing vehicle parts: good price, quality and service. Here, Nick Jordan, Head of Engineering and Quality at Pailton Engineering, explains how one assembly process at its headquarters in Coventry, UK has amped up all three of these ever-important factors. Universal joints play a critical role in the steering system.
2nd December 2020

Riding the wave: bearings and their role in ocean energy

Riding the wave: bearings and their role in ocean energy
Estimates show that wave power could supply ten percent of the global demand for energy by the year 2050. If true, this would be a significant boost to a greener future, but currently, this renewable energy source is still in development. Here, Chris Johnson, Managing Director of SMB Bearings, explains how bearings will be a key enabler of ocean power.
27th November 2020


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