With its freezing climate, the Arctic is one of the most extreme and barren environments on Earth. Despite this, four million humans have learned to live there, and these inhabitants expect crucial machinery to operate effectively.
When selecting rolling bearings for industrial plant, machines and equipment, it is important to analyse the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) not just the purchase price of the bearings, says Dr Steve Lacey, Technology Centre Manager at Schaeffler UK.
For many applications, the values and engineering data in bearing manufacturers’ catalogues provide all the information needed for bearing selection. But in critical applications with a narrow performance window, designers need a greater safety margin.
Introduced in 1999, the Yamaha YZF-R6 was the world’s first 600cc production four-stroke motorcycle producing over 100 horsepower in stock form. Since then, Yamaha has incorporated a number of upgrades to improve speed and engine performance.
Goss Springs design, develop and manufacture a broad range of springs, wire forms and metal pressings under the names of Goss Springs and PMT – Press and Multislide Tooling.
Mastering the manufacturing behind a new and innovative product is a task engineer’s relish and one that the designers and toolmakers at European Springs & Pressings, got stuck right into when approached by the sticky tape dispenser company, TapePal.
The ball bearing is the best-known – and most widely used – bearing type, and its many variants can be applied to a range of specific application. Phil Burge, Country Communication Manager at SKF explains the fundamentals.
A key benefit of plain linear bearings is that they are simple to use. In comparison to recirculating ball bearings, which require oil or grease lubricants and periodic maintenance, plastic plain bearings are self-lubricating and therefore run maintenance free.
Let’s first consider stress, set and weight as important considerations in establishing a custom spring design which need to be understood at the outset.