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SMB Bearings publishes whitepaper on bearing problems and diagnostics

10 September 2021

SMB Bearings has published a new whitepaper on bearing problems and diagnostics. The whitepaper, which is available to download for free on the company’s website, takes a closer look at some of the most common bearing problems and how to diagnose failures.

Bearings are critical to so many applications and the consequences of failure are often very high. Those who rely on bearings therefore need reliable information about how best to maintain and look after their bearings, but also how to identify causes of failure. Without the ability to correctly diagnose failures, there is the risk of the same problems repeating themselves.

Understanding bearing problems, the latest of SMB Bearings’ whitepapers, attempts to address this problem. It aims to provide readers with a quick and easy go-to-guide, full of tips and insights into common causes of failure, how to identify them and how to avoid them in future. 

Key to the whitepaper is the idea that bearing failures leave clues that visual inspection can identify. Equipped with the right knowledge and understanding, you can narrow down the range of possible causes of bearing failure and thereby reduce the risks of costly equipment downtime.

‘‘Nowadays, there exists a whole range of high-tech equipment to monitor bearings, but even without all of these, just having a good basic understanding of common causes of failure can go a long way in many instances,’’ said Chris Johnson, Director of SMB Bearings.

‘‘In this guide, we have tried to strike the correct balance between departing the right level of technical expertise and producing something that is accessible and readable,’’ he added. ‘‘Hopefully, the whitepaper can be a useful entry point for those who are relatively new to the subject, while offering enough technical detail to be of equal value to those with more experience.’’

As the official UK distributor of EZO miniature bearings, SMB Bearings has a reputation as a trusted supplier. However, the company has also sought to complement its role as a supplier by making available information and resources through its website. 

‘‘We have always wanted to go further than just being your typical supplier. Providing solutions to customers and advice to those who need help with their bearings is a big part of what we do, so hopefully our latest whitepaper can contribute to that aim,’’ concluded Johnson.

SMB Bearings is the official UK distributor of EZO precision bearings. Click here to download the whitepaper or for more bearing resources visit

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