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Bearings & Drives signs exclusive distributor deal with CeramicSpeed

04 April 2023

Bearings firm, Bearings & Drives Ltd, has become the sole distributor of CeramicSpeed Insulate ball bearings, considerably strengthening its offering and introducing to the UK market the latest technology in operational efficiency.

The agreement allows UK customers day-to-day direct access to these products from Bearings & Drives Ltd’s warehousing facilities.

Constantly at the forefront of technological development and innovation, CeramicSpeed is a dedicated supplier of hybrid ball bearings. CeramicSpeed Insulate ball bearings are custom-made for electrical motors and guarantee against damage caused by stray currents. 
Steve Bacon, Sales Director at Bearings & Drives, explains the significance of the supply arrangements for UK industry: “We are thrilled to become the UK distributor for such a ground-breaking product. CeramicSpeed Insulate Hybrid ball bearings are the future across all industries, including manufacturers of electrical motors

“The demand for stronger, more durable and longer-lasting bearings for electrical motors is on the rise – and in many applications, conventional steel balls in motor bearings simply can’t compare.
“When we reviewed CeramicSpeed Insulate in action in Denmark we saw the immediate benefits that we can bring to our manufacturing clients here in the UK. Taking, for example, how the product range brought significant efficiencies to a leading Danish dairy products manufacturer. 

The manufacturer faced sizeable issues with the durability of the steel bearings they were using in a specific motor. The products manufactured by the dairy contain many small particles that penetrate the bearings subsequently reducing the bearing life. 

“Along with high bearing temperatures, this led to many control shutdowns and became detrimental to efficient operation.
“CeramicSpeed Insulate bearings are non-conductive as the ceramic balls in the bearing have a resistivity of 15kV per mm. The Insulate series is the best defence against damage caused by stray currents. 

“In addition to being protected from the passage of electrical currents, the operating temperature in hybrid bearings is approximately 10 to 20°C lower than conventional bearings

“By using these, the dairy has now reduced the bearing temperature by 15ºC, increasing lubricant life and decreasing production shutdown considerably. The CeramicSpeed bearings, with their higher resistance towards corrosion and contamination, increased the bearing life of the bearings by 400 percent.”
Anders Thormann, Managing Director at CeramicSpeed, explains why the company chose Bearings & Drives as its exclusive partner for CeramicSpeed Insulate: “Bearings & Drives helped us to break through in the UK food and beverage category in 2017, and the knowledge gained on our products by their team since then puts them in a unique position to take the next step in distributing CeramicSpeed products in the UK.”
From its base in Congleton, Cheshire, Bearings and Drives serves its national client base with industrial maintenance, repair and operations products from globally recognised manufacturers of bearings, power transmission, industrial gearboxes, motors, tools & consumables. 

Its products and services have been developed for all types of industries, including food, paper, recycling, distribution, quarrying, and plastics.
The business offers single-source supply, including managed inventory services, to streamline your ordering process, reduce downtime and improve production efficiency – creating considerable cost savings. Its repair services cover motors, gearboxes & pumps. Available 24/7, the team of highly skilled engineers is on hand to deliver advice and engineering solutions.
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