GlobalSpec has asked its users about the latest design trends and features related to Ball Bearings. They have also shared their product applications and tips on how to buy and use these products.
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Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this product?
20 answers
Answers:
It would be nice to find a bearing that is on all our customers' specs. If this were the case, we would eventually be able to consider ourselves "experts", and be familiar with the different bearings and their capabilities.
~Jennie F, Design Engineer, Windsor, Canada
1. Bearings that could withstand at high temperatures, and/or highly corrosive environments 2. frictionless bearings? 3. air suspended bearings (similar feature as maglev?)
~Ricardo O, Design Engineer, Munoz Science City, Philippines
I wold like to ride a Bicycle with Si3N4 full keramic ball bearings in all the move components, when I believe that the mechanic attrition/friction/ will be near zero.
~Luiz de Oliveira Hirth H, Meteorologist/ Mechanic, São Paulo SP, Brazil
To be able to achieve a "perfect preload" without trial and error on class 7 bearings.
~Troy J, Manufacturer, Burbank, CA
Better On-Line access to Bearing Specifications and Retail Availability.
~Paul K, Engineering Consultant, Schaumburg, IL
A sealed bearing that can actually keep product out.
~David B, Maintenance, Baltimore, MD
0,01" oversize or steel collars for weared housings.
~Veli K, Technical Support, Helsinki, Finland
SMALLE R BEARINGS WITH HEAVY LOAD CARRYING CAPACITY
~Engineering, Design, PUNE, India
Good educational resources and application guides.
~William Y, Educator in a Tech school- secondary, Schnecksville, PA
Design is perfect ; problem is only availability
~Chandrasekhar Rachakonda, Technical Support, Secunderabad, India
Really permanently lubricated inexpensive
~Larry R, Technical Support, Findlay, OH
Lower cost for precision bearings
~Ralph C, Sr. Compliance Engineer, Agoura Hills, CA
Last longer between maintenance
~Facilities Manager, Niverville, Canada
We are not designing any thing.
~Marketing/Sales, DELHI, India
Quality price stocks
~Wilson E, Production Engineer, Quito, Ecuador
Will try to evoluate
~Seenivasan V, Engineering Consultant, Chennai, INDIA
HEAT LUBRICATION
~LOU M, General Management, SUN SET HILLES, U.S.A
Compact structure
~Engineering, Faculty/Staff/Student, Udaipur, India
Noise and speed,
~Jian Peng, Marketing/Sales, Cixi, Ningbo, China
SPECIAL GREASES
~Leonardo M, General Management, Madrid, Spain

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Q:
Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of ball bearings?
17 answers
Answers:
Yes, they need to consult an specialist in ball bearings, if possible, or consult a bearing table/ manual /guide, to see if the bearing is convenient/appropriate/ adequate for the application that they need.
~Luiz de Oliveira Hirth H, Meteorologist/ Mechanic, São Paulo SP, Brazil
Choose a main stream mfg (American or European, not Chinese) when purchasing bearings for hi speed/load applications. Don't be cheap. You'll regret it
~Brad E, Facilities Manager, San Diego, CA
If you don't understand the terminology/ identifiers in a part #, ASK about each and every number and letter and its significance.
~Troy J, Manufacturer, Burbank, CA
Don't drive bearing into place using outer race over a shaft or driving on inner race while installing in bore.
~Engineer, Omaha, NE
Do your homework when selecting a bearing for your product or for replacing a bearing in a device.
~Paul K, Engineering Consultant, Schaumburg, IL
Be aware of the direction of the load and the different calculations depending on that direction.
~Jennie F, Design Engineer, Windsor, Canada
Do not leave sealed bearings without shield cover in wheel bearings, last much better.
~Veli K, Technical Support, Helsinki, Finland
Always consider the working conditions always consult the manufacturers' catalogue
~Ricardo O, Design Engineer, Munoz Science City, Philippines
Pls let the supplier know the detailed application before you buy ball bearings.
~Jian Peng, Marketing/Sales, Cixi, Ningbo, China
Don't go by what others say - read other brands and compare specifications
~Chandrasekhar Rachakonda, Technical Support, Secunderabad, India
Many bearings are ruined by incorrect installation practices.
~William Y, Educator in a Tech school- secondary, Schnecksville, PA
If you do a bad ball bearing selection you get a problem
~Wilson E, Production Engineer, Quito, Ecuador
I need help can you help me with this.
~David B, Maintenance, Baltimore, MD
Do not look only the name
~Leonardo M, General Management, Madrid, Spain
LOAD @ SPEED THRUST
~LOU M, General Management, SUN SET HILLES, U.S.A
Don`t over grease
~Facilities Manager, Niverville, Canada
Yes, of course.
~Seenivasan V, Engineering Consultant, Chennai, INDIA

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