Other Bearing Resources on the Web
While AST Bearings provides valuable resources for bearings here on this site, there are other places on the web to get great information about bearings and related products. Some of them are listed below. Feel free to share this page with others!
AST Bearings on LinkedIn
LinkedIn is a business oriented social networking site launched in May 2003 and is mainly used for professional networking. AST Bearings has a Professional Group where other LinkedIn member can request to join. Members of this group will recieve periodic messages and updates about AST Bearings and bearing related information including open job positions.
AST Bearings on Twitter
Twitter is a social networking and microblogging service created in 2006 which allows short messages (tweets) to be sent which are no more than 140 characters. Keep up to date on the latest announcments, thoughts, and "retweets" of AST Bearings' by following ASTBearings on Twitter.
AST Bearings on Facebook
Facebook is a social network service and website launched in February 2004. Now you can to keep up-to-date on the lastest from AST Bearings directly into your Facebook account. Check out AST Bearings Fan Page by searching for AST Bearings while signed into Facebook.
American Bearing Manufacturers Association (ABMA)
The American Bearing Manufacturers Association (ABMA) is an industry trade group that deals with all aspects of bearing technology. The ABMA was founded in 1917 as an informal group of manufacturers but in 1933 the then current members named themselves the Anti-Friction Bearing Manufacturers Association (AFBMA). The organization formally changed its title to the American Bearing Manufacturers Association in 1993 in order to better serve its members. Their website is: www.americanbearings.org
Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE)
The STLE (Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers) is the premier technical society serving the needs of more than 10,000 individuals and 150 companies and organizations that comprise the tribology and lubrication engineering business sector. Their website can be found at: www.stle.org/
Founded in 1898, ASTM International (originally known as the "American Society for Testing and Materials"), is an international standards organization that develops and publishes voluntary consensus technical standards for a wide range of materials, products, systems, and services. Their website can be found at: www.astm.org.
As the voice of the U.S. standards and conformity assessment system, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has a committee consisting of representatives from user organizations, manufacturers, and the US government that are devoted to rolling bearing standards activities. Their website is: www.ansi.org
SAE International (SAE), formerly the Society of Automotive Engineers, is a professional organization for mobility engineering professionals in the aerospace, automotive, and commercial vehicle industries. SAE is a standards development organization for the engineering of powered vehicles of all kinds, including cars, trucks, boats, aircraft, and others. Their website can be found at: www.sae.org
ASME International helps the global engineering community develop solutions to real world challenges. Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME is a not-for-profit professional organization. ASME codes and standards, publications, conferences, continuing education and professional development programs provide a foundation for advancing technical knowledge and a safer world. Their website can be found at: www.asme.org
Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)
The SME (Society of Manufacturing Engineers) is the world's leading professional society advancing manufacturing knowledge and influencing more than half a million manufacturing practitioners annually. SME promotes an increased awareness of manufacturing engineering and keeps manufacturing professionals up to date on leading trends and technologies.Their website is at: www.sme.org
International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is the world's largest developer and publisher of International Standards. ISO began operations in February 1947. As it relates to bearings, ISO has many standards including ISO 9001:2008 which applies to Quality Management Systems. To learn more about the ISO , visit www.iso.org/iso/mediakit/media-kit_isoinonepage.htm
Founded in 1901 as the nation's first federal physical science research laboratory, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department. NIST helps manufacturers of all kinds streamline their operations, improve quality, reduce environmental impacts, develop innovative products and processes, and expand their markets. Their website is: www.nist.gov
Customs for the United States is governed by "U.S. Customs and Border Protection" which is part of the "U.S. Department of Homeland Security." There are many rules, regulations, and guidelines that apply to the importation and exportation of bearings and related products. The direct link to the trade portion of their site is: www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/trade/
International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR)
Defense Articles in the United States are controlled via a set ofregulations known as the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). These regulations implement the Arms Export Control Act (AECA). Both of these regulations are administered by the United States Department of State. Official informatoin about ITAR regulations can be found at: www.pmddtc.state.gov/regulations_laws/itar_official.html
GRW specializes in the manufacturing of miniature deep groove ball bearings made from through hardened chrome and stainless steel with standardized dimensions and variations. Some variations are separable angular contact, spindle or duplex and hybrid ball bearings. Furthermore, GRW is the only bearing manufacturer in the world to manufacture bearings out of SV30 stainless steel.
Nye Lubricants, Inc.
Nye Lubricants was founded in 1844 and is based in Fairhaven, Massachusetts. Their synthetic lubricants are used by corporations all around the world in hundreds of common and high-tech products. Nye offers an extensive collection of bearing oils and greases. Each is designed to provide an adequate film of lubricant throughout a range of operating temperatures, speeds and loads, and to resist oxidation, thermal breakdown, and evaporation. Visit their bearings applications web page at: www.nyelubricants.com/applications/bearings.shtml