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      3 bearing killers and how to stop them: Part 1-2

      2011-10-08 13:54:36 dmsw 9

      dimsenBearingKillers-2: Improper Lubrication. Lubrication is the lifeblood of proper bearing operation, and it is dependent on several variables in any given application.

      Most bearing manufacturers and suppliers will recommend a specific lubricant type, grade, supply system, viscosity and additives for the application. They will also provide the amounts of lubricant that should be used and how often it should be changed or replenished. More application-specific recommendations and details including loading, speeds and sealing are often included as well.

      Just like the bearings themselves, lubricants must be stored properly. Shelf life, temperature, filtration and other precautions will again be available via your bearing/lubricant supplier.

      Technicians should adhere closely to these recommendations—bearing compatibility and performance depend on it. Underfilling and overfilling, mixing and matching lubricants, and changing lubrication at irregular intervals can all result in significant damage that can bring your operations to a standstill.