How Do You Install a Flange Bearing?

The first step in installing a flange bearing is the same as the first step for installing just about anything else: read the documentation. But while you’re waiting for the bearing and the docs to arrive, let’s walk through the process so you can plan for what’s ahead. Start with a visual inspection of the […]

How Hot Should Pillow Block Bearings Get?

“This bearing’s running a little hot.” We’ve all heard that, and we’ve probably all had the same response: “OK, but you’re going to need to give me a little more than that. Which pillow block bearing, and how hot?” There’s no point in checking temperatures if we don’t have a good idea of the normal […]

How Do I Know What Size Sprocket I Need?

Chain size, type, number of teeth, and bore size are all you need to select the correct roller chain sprocket. When you look at sprockets on a product page or catalog, you’ll see a string of numbers and letters. Let’s break one down. #50BB15x1/2” is one of the seventeen idler roller chain sprockets currently available […]

What is a Pillow Block Bearing Used For?

Pillow block bearings support shafts that run parallel to the mounting surface. This makes them a very simple but vital part of conveyor systems, industrial fans, farm equipment, jib cranes, car washes, and much more. With that much at stake, let’s make sure you get the right one and use it the right way. Split […]

How Do I Choose the Right V-Belt?

V-belts, in combination with grooved sheaves, provide excellent power transmission without the slippage that was common with their predecessor, the flat belt drive. Design and materials have come a long way since those days, but in order to get the most life and efficiency out of v-belts, it is vital to choose the correct size […]

How Do I Measure Roller Chain?

With the multitude of applications for industrial roller chain, its no surprise that it is available in many types, shapes, and sizes. Here at MDS, we offer double pitch, double strand, single strand, stainless steel, and heavy roller chain. First, lets clarify what you’re looking for. If you know the chain size but are unsure […]

Buyer’s Guide to Steel Bushings

Steel bushings are the unsung heroes of the manufacturing floor. In short, they take a beating so that the drive shaft and housing on your machines don’t have to. Think of the cartilage around the bones in your knee. Much like a bushing, knee cartilage absorbs vibration, reduces friction, and maintains smooth rotation. Some types […]

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 […]

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 […]