What to Look for in a Replacement Cam Follower

When the time comes for a replacement cam follower, there are several factors to take into consideration when making your selection that can make installation and maintenance easier and increase the life of the replacement. Primarily, the type of cam follower you select comes down to the location, application speeds, contamination levels, and temperature of […]

5 Sources of Wear in Your Bearings

Worn bearings are a costly and all-too-common setback in operating environments, but many of the issues causing them are entirely preventable. The most common types of wear involve issues with Installation, Contamination, Lubrication, Shaft Lock, and Misalignment. Effectively monitoring and reviewing these areas prevents many types of wear and can greatly extend bearing life. Installation […]

Ball Bearings for When Things Get Hot

Special conditions require specialized products. In operating environments where things get a little hot, manufacturers need products specifically designed for high temperatures, including the ball bearings that deliver their materials up to and even through the furnace. What Qualifies as “High Temperature?” Most standard bearings are not designed to operate in temperatures much above 200˚F […]

Increase the Life of Your Cam Followers

In the never-ending search for improved operational efficiencies, the cam followers in use in your facility may present some opportunities to reduce replacement and repair costs while increasing uptime. Operating environments vary greatly, which is why a wide variety of cam followers – suitable for every condition – has been made available. Look for the […]

Why it May Be Time to Replace That Metal Conveyor Belt

Resilient, reliable, and efficient equipment is paramount in an environment where every minute in which products are not moving translates to dollars lost. Upgrades and optimizations can be made in a number of areas, but one piece of equipment may be costing you more money, time, and labor than you realize: that old, metal conveyor […]

The 3 Pillars of V-Belt Efficiency

If you are looking for ways to reduce energy costs in your facility, a great place to start is by optimizing your V-belt drives. Not only do inefficient V-belt drives increase electricity usage and costs, but they can also shorten their own lifespan, which increases the frequency of replacement and can also increase downtime. While […]

Measurement Formulas & Conversions

Here at MDS of Michigan, we often receive requests regarding different industry formulas, so we have put together the table below to serve as a quick and easy reference. For further assistance, request information to get in touch with our knowledgeable staff. HP = kW x 1.34 kW = HP x 0.746 in = mm […]