Ball Bearing Selection Guides
A Guide to Bearing Selection
In the majority of applications, the use of a standard bearing is the most effective choice. A "standard bearing", in this case, refers to products in such common worldwide demand that large volumes are produced. This virtually guarantees continuity of supply while assuring pricing benefits for an O.E.M. user.
The advantages of integrating standard bearing parameters into the product design process cannot be overemphasized. Factors to consider in designing for this lower-cost alternative include:
- Dimensional size
- Material type
- Cage style (retainer)
- Assembly and fits
- Quality requirements
Although designers vary in their particular approach to bearing selection, the following steps can be applied as a starting point for most design processes.
- Establish operating, environmental and performance requirements such as load, speed, noise, etc
- Select a bearing configuration to meet the above requirements. Some examples of configuration types are:
- Flanged or unflanged
- With or without a snap ring
- Full ball complement/variation in ball size and amount
Care should be taken throughout this process to consider both cost and performance. The key in designing for the lowest total cost is to involve the Sales and Application Engineering staff early in the selection process. Costs will be greatly impacted if envelope dimensions are not given consideration at the time of bearing selection. To insure your success, IBSCO offers an experienced Sales and Engineering staff to assist in the design and selection process.
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