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What to Look For in an Optimal Bearing Provider?

Updated: Oct 26, 2022

There is a vast array of bearing types and sizes for a good reason: every application has unique needs and specifications, and it’s important to use the right bearings for the job. When you work with a trusted bearing provider, you’ll have a large inventory of roller bearings, ball bearings, contact bearings, and more to choose from, and you’ll have the opportunity to create custom solutions. Your provider should be able to source and distribute your bearings quickly and efficiently, help you make decisions, and offer you the same standard bearing at various price points depending on where it’s being sourced from.

Here’s what to look for in an optimal bearing provider to ensure you get the bearings you need at the right price.

What Variety of Bearings Do They Carry?

Large inventories typically result in faster turnaround times, so it’s good to see that your provider has a wide selection to choose from. When your provider is experienced and maintains long-lasting relationships with industry partners, they can source bearings more quickly for you, as well. Your bearing options may include:

  • Angular Bearings

  • Ball Bearings

  • Ceramic Bearings

  • Roller Bearings

  • Super Precision Bearings

  • Mounting Bearings

  • Rod Ends and Spherical Bushings

  • Slewing Ring Bearings

  • Spindle Bearings

Can They Provide Custom Bearings?

Even though there are a number of standard bearings available, they’re not always quite right for a particular application, and you might need a customized bearing or component. Customization gives you a world of options, as you can add features or create a bearing that’s easier to install, can manage a greater load, or has a longer service life in a given environment. You’ll work with the engineer on a design that’s perfectly suited to your application.

Some of the most common customized features include:

  • Adding a snap ring groove

  • Using a solid lube lubricant

  • Adding high-temperature grease

  • Using ceramic non-conductive rolling elements

  • Adding ceramic coatings or V-grooves on the O.D.

  • Changing internal clearance

  • And more

Though customization costs more upfront, it can lead to cost savings over time because the bearing is perfectly suited to its application. By using an almost-but-not-quite-right standard bearing, you may have to replace it more often or face bigger maintenance challenges with your equipment. Not every application will require a customized approach, but if yours does, customization is an investment that will save you time and money in the long run.

Contact us to learn more about our standard and custom bearing solutions or request a quote today

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