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  1. To facilitate mounting of spherical plain bearings, the ends of pins or shafts and the edges of housing bores should have a lead chamfer of 10° to 20°. The bearings can be more easily pressed into position and there is little risk of damage to the mating surfaces being caused by skewing of the bearing….

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    March 4 2016
  2. Numbering systems and nomenclature used in the bearing industry can get confusing, particularly since there are a number of variations used. AST Bearings wants to be sure that you are able to find the right part quickly and efficiently, so we’ve created a guide to explain the process. The boundary dimensions for certain series of…

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    July 23 2015
  3. Bearing material plays an integral role in operating performance and life, so choosing a material with desirable properties is an important design decision. AST’s complimentary white paper section of our website features an educational article examining some of these considerations to assist you in making the best choice for bearings in your unique application. The…

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    April 17 2015
  4. Ever hear of the ABEC scale and wonder what its ratings entail? Read on! The ABEC scale gives you a good indicator of the type of bearing that you are purchasing. Bearings rated high on the scale will allow for optimal performance of critical applications requiring very high RPM and smooth operation. Think: high ABEC rating equals…

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    March 6 2015