By Lily Bearings
The Bearing Specialists Association (BSA) has released a new addition to its growing body of single-topic Bearing Briefs: Special Coatings and Materials to Enhance Bearing Performance.
Designed by BSA distributor members and participating manufacturers to deliver expertise to meet the needs of the end user as well as bearing industry professionals, Special Coatings and Materials to Enhance Bearing Performance addresses the recent advances in material science that have allowed that very essential element -- the bearing -- to last longer and perform better than ever before.
Recent higher quality bearing steel, new alloys and platings, heat treatments and microstructure control for improved service life have encouraged the use of bearings. Special Coatings and Materials to Enhance Bearing Performance details the coatings that protect bearings from corrosion, wear and electrical conductivity with a series of easy-to-view charts.
It is available free, as are all Bearing Briefs, from the BSA website, www.bsahome.org. Please ¡°Tools You Can Use.¡±
Bearing Briefs are a program of BSA¡¯s Educational Services Committee. These special bulletins present summarized information on topics of interest to the bearings industry. BSA extends special thanks to committee member David Zoesch, director- marketing distribution, the Schaeffler Group USA, for his considerable contributions to this publication.
Previous reports have included Bearing Repair, Bearing Installation Fitting, Ceramic Bearings, Wear Sleeves and Other Shaft Repair Options, Vibration Analysis, Seal Selection, Load Ratings and Bearing Life, The Domestic Bearing Industry: Investing in the Future, Status of Bearing Load Ratings, History of Adhesives, Plane Bearings, A Brief History of Bearings, Linear Bearings, Bearings for the Food and Beverage Industry, Ball Screws as Positioning Actuators, Spherical Plane Bearings, Planetary Roller Screws, Split Roller Bearing Technology, Bearing Mounting Tools, Reduced Operating Costs Through Condition Monitoring, Understanding Linear Actuators, and Smart Bearing Technology. Bearing Briefs are just one of a variety of education and training programs and publications provided by the Association.
BSA is an international service and educational organization representing a total of almost 100 companies distributing factory-warranted ball-, roller-, and anti-friction bearings and invited manufacturers of bearings and related products. For more information, visit www.bsahome.org.