20% of Industrial Energy Use is Spent Fighting This One Thing

There is an unseen, energy-consuming monster in your facility. You deal with it everywhere you go, and it is constantly working against you. It was studied by Aristotle and da Vinci and can eat away at some of the earth’s strongest materials. Have you guessed it yet? The pesky but unavoidable culprit is friction. A […]

The Three Main Types of Drives for Power Transmission

A typical industrial environment such as a manufacturing facility has multiple types of power transmission technology being put to use. The most common drives are chain drives, belt drives, and gear drives. Chain Drives When slip is your enemy, your ally is a chain drive. With chain links running over toothed sprockets, chain drives are […]

A Quick Guide to Mounted Bearings

When selecting a mounted bearing, there are a handful of characteristics that must be taken into consideration in order to maximize its functionality. Two of these characteristics are the housing material and seal-type of the bearing. Depending on the operating conditions, protection requirements, and specific environmental demands, the recommendation for seal-type and housing material varies. […]

Stainless Steel Solutions for Rising Contamination

Foodborne illness is a significant problem in the US and in some respects is getting worse. In fact, a study by Fortune Magazine found that, on average, 48 million Americans fall victim to a food-related illness every year. In 2015, the estimated annual costs associated with these illnesses was $55.5 billion. This unsettling information is not only […]

V-Belt Performance Checklist

The speed of your drive system, its load, and its hours of operation all contribute to the frequency of belt replacement, but the performance and longevity of your V-belts depend largely on steadfast maintenance and correctly recognizing and diagnosing issues. Most common issues can be easily seen or heard, and we’ve put together a list […]

How to Slow Roller Chain Elongation

Whether they are transmitting power to equipment or products from one point to another, roller chains are an integral part of any industrial operation; and reducing downtime and the frequency of replacement is an ongoing goal. A common, creeping issue is that of chain elongation, or “stretch.” Contrary to how it might sound, chain elongation […]

How to Spot Sheave Wear

Every time you change a belt, you should be checking your sheaves for wear. Neglected, worn sheaves can cause serious issues down the line that result in unexpected downtime and increased replacement costs. When belts are removed, wear might be easy to spot; but what about when belts are still on? Here we discuss some […]

Roller Chain Maintenance Quick Tips

Extending the life of the roller chain in your facility is an excellent way to reduce costs in replacement parts and downtime. To do so, it is important to maintain them, and we’ve made a list of quick tips for keeping your roller chain rolling smoothly and efficiently. Tension & Alignment Some of the most […]

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 […]