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Material success for timing belts

The driving force for innovations in timing belts has been the automotive industry, with the increasing demands on service life, noise characteristics, temperature resistance and reliability. David Clark reports

Best practice in bearing lubrication

Malcolm Watson and Tony Synnott discuss the grease versus oil debate for bearings, and how to achieve best practice in lubricant replenishment and replacement

Investigating airborne sound and vibration behaviour

Schaeffler sets-up new acoustic testing facility to test in-vehicle drive trains, chassis and assemblies

Traceability essential to bearing manufacture

New barcode system allows every single bearing to carry details about its manufacture

What makes a superior split roller bearing?

Split roller bearings have been on the market for many years and during that time their external appearances haven't changed a great deal, but, that isn't to say that all designs are equal. Adrian Menzies reports

High-performance tapered roller bearings reduce frictional torque

Precision bearing manufacturer Schaeffler has extended its range of X-life tapered roller bearings

3D measurement for railway bearing quality control

Using an LMI Gocator 3D smart camera, the system measures the height of various bearings used in bogies in the rail industry

Bearings meet tough demands of medical and dental applications

The demands made upon bearings in medical and dental applications are such that developments are always at the leading edge of technology, explains Nick Dowding

New high-precision couplings for servomotor drives

Coupling is specifically designed for use with servomotor drives such as those on machine tool feed shafts, says Tsubakimoto Chain

Cables in less than 24 hours

igus makes pre-assembled drive cables from 0.5m readily available

Split sphericals save €220,000 for chemical plant

By replacing a solid spherical roller bearing on an exhaust gas fan with a split spherical roller bearing, a chemical plant has saved €220,000

Polyurethane flat belts

Wolfgang Körfer outlines the advantages of these belts in a variety of high performance applications

Bearing isolator achives IP66 rating

The Inpro/Seal Bearing Isolator has received IP66 rating through third party testing performed at Underwriters Laboratorie

Sensor detects neutral and reverse gear positions in engine stop-start systems

Sensor element reliably detects the selected drive position and sends this information to control units incorporated in the vehicle

Ultralight flying object inspired by dragonfly

BionicOpter is a mechanical dragonfly demonstrates how the principles of nature can be applied to automation technology

Self-lubricating plastic slewing ring bearings

The PRT slewing ring from plastic bearings specialist igus UK uses two self-lubricating, low friction plastic sliding pads in place of the ball bearings

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