Element Bearing Lubricant Selection

All machines with moving parts have bearings of some type.  The bearings may be as simple as flat surfaces working against other flat surfaces, such as the slideway in a machine tool, or they may have sophisticated geometry like a ball screw.  Plain and element bearings supporting rotating shafts are found in nearly every machine type you might imagine.

This article provides reliability engineers and managers with simple but dependable guidelines that may be followed to select lubricants with the correct chemical and viscometric qualities necessary for long-term reliable operation.

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