60% of premature bearing failure is caused by: incorrect mounting, lack of lubrication, contamination, overdue maintenance.
Use the right tools!
To achieve a maximum bearing lifecycle it is necessary to use correct mounting tools and methods; that machines are aligned properly; that correct lubrication is performed. During operation the performance of the bearing can be monitored with condition monitoring instruments for temperature, vibration and noise. These regular inspections contribute to establish a trend so that bearing maintenance can be planned. Planned bearing maintenance prevents machine downtime during production runs. Correct dismounting tools and methods help to prevent damage to a bearing or other machine parts.
There are many aspects that play a role in a good maintenance plan. Correctly planned and performed maintenance helps a production department to achieve the best production capacity. It pays to invest in the reliability of critical machines. This prevents unexpected failures or unscheduled shutdowns.
Ordering the right equipment or tools from the right supplier is crucial. Investing in staff training is also important to achieve the best production results. We often notice that buyers, instead of investing money in the requested quality product, try to save money by purchasing cheaper, alternative tools. The mechanics are then need more time to do their work.
Ball bearings can wear out faster or become damaged. Common causes are a lack of lubrication: oil or grease, too high temperature, impurities, too high a load, incorrect assembly. When a bearing is damaged it is visually perceptible. A consequence of damage is vibration. Using vibration analysis this can be measured and one can analyse which error has occurred. Immediate action is then required because the consequential damage is considerably greater than the costs of replacing a bearing.