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Q6. Does A Higher ABEC Rating Mean A Quieter Bearing?

While there may be a loose correlation between ABEC precision ratings and noise, higher ABEC ratings to not always mean a quieter bearing. ABEC ratings do not specify many other critical factors, such as smoothness of the rolling contact surfaces, ball precision, and material quality all which may affect noise.

Another major factor affecting noise performance is the lubricant type. For very quiet running, the selection of a quiet grease is very important. Handling, installation and correct preloading will also ensure the quietest possible operation.

See AST's white paper on this subject for an indepth discussion on closures entitled, "Bearing Tolerances and Precision Levels - ABEC Tolerances."


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