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How bearings can fight the beast of climate change

Author : Chris Johnson, SMB Bearings

30 November 2022

Reducing your carbon footprint is like a marathon: dedication and discipline will only get you so far. To get first place, you will need to be efficient in every step you take. Similarly, businesses must strive to be efficient, in order to meet tighter goals to reduce CO2 emissions.

Here, Chris Johnson, Managing Director of SMB Bearings, explains how industry can use advanced chrome bearings to go green and, at the same time, reduce electricity consumption.

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), around 30 percent of global electricity is consumed by electric motors in industry. Furthermore, motors are the asset that consumes the most electricity in manufacturing, accounting for 70 percent of global electricity in the industry. From this, we can calculate that a 0.1 percent reduction in industry consumption could save enough electricity to sustain the UK for almost a month.
ABB Group has found, using IEA data, that 51 percent of all motor failures are related to their bearings. The common causes for these failures include exceeding recommended load ratings, vibrations, and overheating. Choosing the right bearing for a motor can not only reduce the chance of failure, but it can also bring down a business’s emissions and maintenance costs.

Read the full article in DPA's December issue

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