This website uses cookies primarily for visitor analytics. Certain pages will ask you to fill in contact details to receive additional information. On these pages you have the option of having the site log your details for future visits. Indicating you want the site to remember your details will place a cookie on your device. To view our full cookie policy, please click here. You can also view it at any time by going to our Contact Us page.

More Mechanical Components features

  • Article image

    The thin section bearing of today(29/11/2019)

    Thin section bearings provide space and save weight, whilst providing a performance similar to traditional standard bearings. They lend themselves to use in aerospace and manufacturing equipment, robots, military and defence applications as well as medical equipment, machine tools and wider industry.

  • Article image

    Clean steel keeps bearings rolling longer(29/11/2019)

    Mikael Östman, leader of the bearing segment at Ovako, looks at the new design possibilities offered by switching to clean steel.

  • Article image

    WDS is helping to keep the rail industry on track(13/09/2019)

    The rail system underpins much of the UK economy, enabling people to travel and freight to be transported. It employs about 120,000 people directly and many more in the supply and support network. Maintaining it is a major undertaking that requires the continuous efforts of many companies.

  • Article image

    Food for thought(01/08/2019)

    Special customer requests are often the driving force for new innovations at igus. More than 50 years’ ago, company founder Günter Blase built up the company by asking customers about their greatest machine design problems. This ‘solutions’ approach continues to lead to new products every year.

  • Article image

    Taking the simple approach(01/07/2019)

    Design cycles can become complex and unwieldy, which is why tools to streamline the process are always welcome.

  • Article image

    You spin me right round(01/07/2019)

    Slewing ring bearings have been in use for many years and are often associated for rotating heavy and slow-turning or slow-oscillating loads on a horizontal platform, such as on a crane. In this article, however, dry-tech director, Robert Dumayne, focuses on the ‘Lazy Susan’ type of slewing ring bearings for fast rotary movements in confined spaces.

  • Article image

    A bearings solution for every application(01/07/2019)

    Bearings manufacturer Bowman International recently launched its new range of split roller bearings, the JHB Split Bearing, through its subsidiary John Handley Bearings. Combining higher capacities than any other split bearing on the market and interchangeable parts, it has been lauded by the industry press as “the future of split bearings.” Here we take an in-depth look at some of Bowman’s most notable innovations and services.

  • Article image

    Power supply in overhead cranes: energy chains vs. festoons(25/06/2019)

    Reliable, dynamic cable management is one of the greatest challenges in modern crane technology.

  • Article image

    The ubiquitous spring deserves more attention than it’s given(03/05/2019)

    Choosing a spring from a catalogue may seem like an easy answer, especially if it offers the cheapest option. Not so, argues Emma Burgon, Engineering Director at William Hughes, who maintains that selecting a spring purely on grounds of cost can prove a false economy, especially when production line inefficiencies are taken into consideration.

  • Article image

    What is bearing preload?(03/05/2019)

    When assembling individual bearing components, the outer race, inner race, balls, and retainer all work together so that there is a controlled amount of internal clearance between the rings and balls.

  • Article image

    A brief guide to spring design(03/05/2019)

    Whether selecting a catalogue spring or specifying a custom item Chris Petts, M.D. at Lee Spring suggests that it is always worth considering the following factors:

  • Article image

    Keeping vibration analysis happy(27/03/2019)

    Implementing condition monitoring can reduce the frequency and cost of equipment maintenance.

  • Article image

    Pizza plant saves over €15,000 after switch to NSK bearings(11/03/2019)

    A manufacturer of frozen pizzas was experiencing failures every four weeks on the belt tensioner serving one of its food conveyors.

  • Article image

    Hybrid bearings: a developing technology(04/03/2019)

    Hybrid bearings perform well under poorly lubricated and contaminated conditions. While they are much less prone to surface distress than their all-steel counterparts, imperfections that may pre-exist in the material or on the surface of a hybrid bearing’s ceramic rolling elements can potentially compromise performance.

  • Article image

    Students learn from failure ready for 2019 Submarine Races(04/03/2019)

    A team from the University of Southampton working on submarine technology is receiving engineer support and engineering-grade plastic bearings through the igus’ YES (Young Engineers Support) programme. The Southampton University Human Powered Submarine Society (SUHPS) is a group of students that design, build and test human-powered submarines to compete internationally.