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  1. For part I, click here This week in the Bearings Blog, we’ll take a closer look into bearing in encoders, and mechanical specifications in particular. These specifications include runout, starting torque, running torque, maximum RPM, life versus speed/load, and shaft size. Runout Optical encoders offer mechanical stability and high precision with minimal shaft run out,…

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    November 18 2016
  2. From robotics to heavy-duty industrial machinery, optical encoders are critical components in motion control. Choosing the correct bearing for use in an encoder is an important design consideration to promote performance and operating life. This decision requires engineers to take a number of variables into account, including loads, shock, vibration, accuracy requirements and environmental conditions….

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    November 11 2016
  3. Selecting the proper shaft and housing fit is critical in optimizing a radial ball bearing’s performance and life, and this post will look at some key considerations in the area. A bearing can only perform to its full capacity when it is correctly fitted on the shaft and in the housing. Conversely, improper bearing fits,…

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    July 22 2016
  4. Did you know that AST has a video section highlighting some of our value added services and capabilities? Check-out these four examples, featuring lubrication, failure analysis, mechanical sub assemblies and bearing design/application engineering. Lubrication Bearing lubrication an integral consideration for component performance and life. The video highlights AST’s proprietary solvent cleaning solution, ISO 14644-1 certified…

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    July 8 2016