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AST Article on Radial Play Featured in Design World’s BearingTips.com

AST Article on Radial Play Featured in Design World’s BearingTips.com

Bearing Tips, a leading resource for comprehensive bearing news and tech tips created by Design World,…

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VIDEO: Delivering Mechanical Sub-Assemblies at the Highest Level of Industry Standards

VIDEO: Delivering Mechanical Sub-Assemblies at the Highest Level of Industry Standards

A major component of AST Bearings’ comprehensive bearing product listing is our wide selection of precision…

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Tight Race – Part 1

Tight Race – Part 1

With its extensive offering of thin section ball bearings, AST helped two manufacturers of wall monitor…

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AST Bearings Remains Open Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

AST Bearings Remains Open Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

As an essential, life-sustaining business, AST Bearings will remain open amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.…

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Mission Critical Success – Part 2

Mission Critical Success – Part 2

AST helped the manufacturer of liquid fuel pumps and gas compressors achieve a more reliable bearing…

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Mission Critical Success – Part 1

Mission Critical Success – Part 1

For unmanned vehicles that achieve hypersonic speeds, the performance of the combustion engine is paramount.…

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Powering Handheld Power Tools

Powering Handheld Power Tools

With a global impact of roughly $26 billion, handheld power tools are an essential tool for residential,…

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Radial Play, Axial Play and Internal Clearance in Ball Bearings

Radial Play, Axial Play and Internal Clearance in Ball Bearings

Ball bearings are complex mechanisms, with ball-to-raceway conformity, radial play and ball complement…

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Getting Started: Spherical Plain Bearings

Getting Started: Spherical Plain Bearings

Radial spherical plain bearings incorporate two distinct structural elements: Inner ring with a spherical,…

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Material Possessions

Material Possessions

Choices can be confusing. Do you need chrome steel? Stainless steel? Low carbon steel? Or something else?…

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Perfect Fit

Perfect Fit

Ball bearings are incredibly precise mechanisms produced with great care. Yet, their performance also…

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Midas Touch

Midas Touch

Designers often select shields, or in heavily contaminated environments, seals to protect a bearings…

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Bearing Down on Food Production

Bearing Down on Food Production

Good Carbs. No Carbs. High Protein. Plant Protein. Non-GMO. There’s an increased public awareness and…

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Three Key Variables that Impact Bearing Life

Three Key Variables that Impact Bearing Life

Manufacturers in nearly every industry — food processing, steel fabrication, aerospace, and medical…

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Determining the Shelf Life of Lubricated Ball Bearings

Determining the Shelf Life of Lubricated Ball Bearings

Unlike the iconic, cream-filled, yellow tubular pastry that pop culture has immortalized with its references…

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Focusing on Bearings

Focusing on Bearings

Nearly a decade ago, a manufacturer of optical inspection equipment came to us with a dilemma: Its equipment…

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Battling Tough Conditions in Textile Manufacturing

Battling Tough Conditions in Textile Manufacturing

A long-time customer of ours that manufactures roller assemblies for use in machines that spin yarn came…

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The right medical device bearings helped bring product to life

The right medical device bearings helped bring product to life

A longtime customer of ours manufactures medical equipment to assist those with mobility challenges,…

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A Unique Approach to Marine Environments – Part 2

A Unique Approach to Marine Environments – Part 2

The following is part two of a two-part post. Read part one here. A middle market OEM that produces…

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A Unique Approach to Marine Environments – Part 1

A Unique Approach to Marine Environments – Part 1

AST’s customized approach to problem solving helped a manufacturer of weather-beaten products find…

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Smooth Operator

Smooth Operator

No matter how perfectly spherical its internal bearings are, the ultimate performance of a mechanical…

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A Breath of Fresh Air

A Breath of Fresh Air

A leading medical device manufacturer faced a difficult challenge: While developing a machine to assist…

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VIDEO: AST Offers Highly Skilled Engineering Team to Support You

VIDEO: AST Offers Highly Skilled Engineering Team to Support You

At AST Bearings, providing our customers with Value Beyond the Part™ is an essential component of…

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AST Article on Bearing Failure Analysis Featured in Design World’s BearingTips.com

AST Article on Bearing Failure Analysis Featured in Design World’s BearingTips.com

AST has once again been published in Bearing Tips, a leading resource from Design World that covers…

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Company News: AST’s Steven Sanchez Named Certified Bearing Specialist

Company News: AST’s Steven Sanchez Named Certified Bearing Specialist

AST Bearings is thrilled to announce Steven Sanchez, P.E., has been named a Certified Bearing Specialist…

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Bearing Closures: Bearing Seals and Bearing Shields Part 2

Bearing Closures: Bearing Seals and Bearing Shields Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of our blog series on bearing closures (Read Part 1 here), where we continue to discuss…

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Bearing Closures – Bearing Seals and Bearing Shields Part I

Bearing Closures – Bearing Seals and Bearing Shields Part I

Ball and roller bearings are available with different types of shields and seals, commonly referred…

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Hydrodynamic, Boundary and Solid Lubrication for Bushings

Hydrodynamic, Boundary and Solid Lubrication for Bushings

When a lubrication film exists between two relatively moving surfaces, friction conditions of the two…

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AST Moves East Coast HQ to New Facility

AST Moves East Coast HQ to New Facility

AST Bearings has moved our East Coast headquarters to a new 35,000 square foot facility in Parsippany,…

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Tech Spotlight: ASTEPB Injection Molded Thermoplastic Series

Tech Spotlight: ASTEPB Injection Molded Thermoplastic Series

The ASTEPB Series Bushings are economic self-lubricating bearings made by kinds of resin with additive…

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Supply Chain Optimization from AST

Supply Chain Optimization from AST

Inventory management is an integral component to optimizing supply chains. When it’s done correctly,…

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Types of Ball Bearing Retainer Performance Problems

Types of Ball Bearing Retainer Performance Problems

Ball bearing retainers (also known as a cages or ball separator – these are used interchangeably) are…

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Application Engineering the AST Way

Application Engineering the AST Way

At AST Bearings, one of the primary elements of our value proposition to customers is the ability to…

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Types of Fits and Loads for Radial Ball Bearings

Types of Fits and Loads for Radial Ball Bearings

Selecting the proper shaft and housing fit is critical in optimizing a radial ball bearing’s performance…

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US/China Tariff Update: What it Means for Bearing Prices

US/China Tariff Update: What it Means for Bearing Prices

If you’re in the manufacturing world, then you are undoubtedly aware of the ongoing tariff situation…

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Tech Spotlight: Insert Bearings

Tech Spotlight: Insert Bearings

Pillow block bearings, flange bearing units, bearing blocks and take-up bearings units all consist of…

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How it’s Done: Bearing Failure Analysis

How it’s Done: Bearing Failure Analysis

When a bearing fails prematurely, an experienced bearing engineer can often times reconstruct the sequence…

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Three Tips on Selecting Miniature Thrust Bearings

Three Tips on Selecting Miniature Thrust Bearings

Thrust bearing are a type of rotary bearing that permits rotation between parts and is designed to support…

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Bearing Seals and Coatings in Corrosive Environments

Bearing Seals and Coatings in Corrosive Environments

Bearings can come under attack from exposure to water and moisture, marine climates, and from a variety…

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How to Mount Rod Ends

How to Mount Rod Ends

Rod ends consist of an eye-shaped head with integral shank forming a housing and a standard spherical…

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Tariffs on Chinese Products: What Will It Mean to Bearing Prices

Tariffs on Chinese Products: What Will It Mean to Bearing Prices

As has been highly publicized, the US government has announced a 25% tariff on approximately $34 billion…

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Causes Behind Bearing Failure

Causes Behind Bearing Failure

When bearings fail to meet their expected life or performance levels, the consequences are far reaching…

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Bearing Breakdown: Single Row Deep Groove Bearings

Bearing Breakdown: Single Row Deep Groove Bearings

The most widely used roller bearing type in the world due to their versatility and overall performance, single…

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Material Spotlight: Extra clean 52100 chrome steel bearings

Material Spotlight: Extra clean 52100 chrome steel bearings

The raw steel used to produce high precision miniature bearings is processed with additional melting…

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Product Spotlight: ASTCRG Series Structure, Filament Wound Self-Lubricating Bushings

Product Spotlight: ASTCRG Series Structure, Filament Wound Self-Lubricating Bushings

Bushings (also referred to as plain bearings, plane bearings, sleeve bearings or linear sleeve bushings)…

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Tight and Loose Fits for Radial Ball Bearings

Tight and Loose Fits for Radial Ball Bearings

Selecting appropriate shaft and housing tightness fits are critical in optimizing a radial ball bearing’s performance…

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AST Launches Bearing Life & Safety Factor Calculator

AST Launches Bearing Life & Safety Factor Calculator

AST is excited to announce the launch of our complimentary Bearing Life and Safety Factor Calculator,…

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Learn the Lingo: Ball Bearing Cages

Learn the Lingo: Ball Bearing Cages

The ball bearing cage (also known as a ball bearing retainer or ball separator – these are used interchangeably),…

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Heat Treatment of Bearing Steels

Heat Treatment of Bearing Steels

When bearing steels are in their soft (unhardened) state, metallurgists refer to their structure as being…

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How to Install and Inspect Needle Roller Bearings

How to Install and Inspect Needle Roller Bearings

In today’s blog post, we’re going to take a look at needle roller bearings, and what you need to…

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The Advantages of Self-Lubricating Bushings

The Advantages of Self-Lubricating Bushings

Self-lubricating bushings are used where the bearing must operate without lubricant or with marginal…

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How Quality Inspection is Achieved at AST

How Quality Inspection is Achieved at AST

In order to achieve regulatory compliance, bearing distributors must be have the equipment and experience…

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Case Study: Precision Spindle Assembly for an Industrial Encoder

Case Study: Precision Spindle Assembly for an Industrial Encoder

AST goes beyond supplying standard bearings, providing precision mechanical sub-assemblies. We specialize…

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Bearing Materials in Corrosive Environments

Bearing Materials in Corrosive Environments

Bearings can come under attack from exposure to water and moisture, marine climates, and from a variety…

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Bearing Tips Across Industries

Bearing Tips Across Industries

AST provides bearing solutions for customers in a variety of industries, and each segment represents…

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Case Study: Pulley Assembly for Paper Transport System

Case Study: Pulley Assembly for Paper Transport System

AST goes beyond supplying standard bearings, providing precision mechanical sub-assemblies. We specialize…

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Finding the Right Bearing with AST’s Revamped Catalog

Finding the Right Bearing with AST’s Revamped Catalog

Have you tested AST’s updated online catalog recently? We’ve redesigned the experience of browsing…

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Service Life of Spherical Plain Bearings

Service Life of Spherical Plain Bearings

In our previous blog entry, we examined static and dynamic load ratings for spherical plain bearings.…

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Dynamic and Static Load Ratings for Spherical Plain Bearings

Dynamic and Static Load Ratings for Spherical Plain Bearings

Dynamic and static load ratings for spherical plain bearings are important for understanding the life…

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Types of Bearing Lubricants

Types of Bearing Lubricants

Bearing Lubrication plays a vital role in the performance and life of rolling element bearings. The…

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Even More Cages for Ball Bearing: THB/THA, TxHB/TxHA, TA/TB and TxA/TxB

Even More Cages for Ball Bearing: THB/THA, TxHB/TxHA, TA/TB and TxA/TxB

Last blog entry, we looked at the most common types of ball bearing cages: J-type, W-type, RJ-type, and…

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Common Ball Bearing Cages: J, W, RJ and TW Types

Common Ball Bearing Cages: J, W, RJ and TW Types

Ball bearing cages (AKA ball bearing retainers or ball separators) are components in ball bearings that…

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Do Higher ABEC Ratings Correlate with Lower Operating Noise?

Do Higher ABEC Ratings Correlate with Lower Operating Noise?

What are ABEC ratings? In the United States, the American Bearing Manufacturers Association (ABMA) maintains…

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Bearings in Action: Laboratory Equipment

Bearings in Action: Laboratory Equipment

The laboratory work that goes into the testing of blood, urine, tissue, and other specimens is critical…

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Bearings in Space: Considerations in Vacuum Environments

Bearings in Space: Considerations in Vacuum Environments

Rolling-element bearings are often put to the test in industries known for harsh and extreme operating…

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How to Measure Grease Penetration

How to Measure Grease Penetration

The consistency of bearing grease can greatly affect the component’s performance. While the consistency…

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AST Featured in Design World Magazine

AST Featured in Design World Magazine

AST’s recent technical article on bearing considerations in power tools has been published by Design…

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COMPANY NEWS: AST’s Jeff Fergus Named Certified Bearing Specialist

COMPANY NEWS: AST’s Jeff Fergus Named Certified Bearing Specialist

We’re pleased to announce that AST Bearings’ Jeff Fergus has been officially named a Certified Bearing…

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Tolerances in Wrapped Versus Standard Bushings

Tolerances in Wrapped Versus Standard Bushings

Bushings, or plain bearings, operate with sliding motion between the moving surfaces. Bushings are selected…

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Tech Articles On-Demand: Keeping Up With the Bearings Blog

Tech Articles On-Demand: Keeping Up With the Bearings Blog

At AST Bearings, Value Beyond the Part™ is a keystone to our mission as a company, and we’re working…

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Engineering FAQ: Thin Section Bearings Part III

Engineering FAQ: Thin Section Bearings Part III

Welcome to the final section of our FAQ on thin section bearings, catch-up with previous installments…

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Engineering FAQ: Thin Section Ball Bearings, Part I

Engineering FAQ: Thin Section Ball Bearings, Part I

We’re answering all of your questions about thin section bearings in this three-part series. Let’s…

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Bearings in Robotics and Automation

Bearings in Robotics and Automation

AST has added another entry into our growing series on bearings in various industries with our latest…

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Bearings in Encoders: Full AST Guide

Bearings in Encoders: Full AST Guide

If you’ve been visiting the AST Bearing Blog recently, you may have seen parts of our recent series…

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Understanding Internal Clearances in Bushings and Plain Bearings

Understanding Internal Clearances in Bushings and Plain Bearings

Bushings (also referred to as plain bearings, plane bearings, sleeve bearings or linear sleeve bushings)…

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AST Recognized as John Deere “Partner-Level Supplier”

AST Recognized as John Deere “Partner-Level Supplier”

AST Bearings is pleased to announce that we have been named a John Deere Partner-level Supplier – the…

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Bearings in Encoders Part V: Lubrication

Bearings in Encoders Part V: Lubrication

Catch up on the previous installments here: For part I click here For part II click here For part III…

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AST Launches Redesigned Product Catalog

AST Launches Redesigned Product Catalog

AST is pleased to announce the launch of our updated online catalog, redesigned from the ground up with…

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Bearings in Encoders Part IV: Environmental Specifications

Bearings in Encoders Part IV: Environmental Specifications

For part I click here For part II click here For part III click here Encoders are used in such a wide…

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Bearings in Encoders: Part III: Mounting and Preload

Bearings in Encoders: Part III: Mounting and Preload

For part I click here For part II click here Bearing preload is critical in encoder spindle designs.…

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Bearings in Encoders: Part II, Mechanical Specifications

Bearings in Encoders: Part II, Mechanical Specifications

For part I, click here This week in the Bearings Blog, we’ll take a closer look into bearing in encoders,…

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Bearings in Encoders: Part I

Bearings in Encoders: Part I

From robotics to heavy-duty industrial machinery, optical encoders are critical components in motion…

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Engineering FAQ: Thin Section Ball Bearings, Part II

Engineering FAQ: Thin Section Ball Bearings, Part II

We’re answering all of your questions about thin section bearings in this three-part series. Click…

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Bearing Considerations in Handheld Power Tools: Full AST Guide

Bearing Considerations in Handheld Power Tools: Full AST Guide

If you’ve been visiting the AST Bearing Blog recently, you may have seen parts of our recent series…

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Bearing Considerations in Handheld Power Tools: Harsh Environments

Bearing Considerations in Handheld Power Tools: Harsh Environments

The final installment in a five-part series on bearings in power tools. To catch up, see the following: Industry…

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Plastic and Non-Metallic Materials Bearings

Plastic and Non-Metallic Materials Bearings

Usually, when people think of bearing materials the first option they will imagine is stainless steel.…

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Bearing Considerations in Handheld Power Tools: Lubrication

Bearing Considerations in Handheld Power Tools: Lubrication

This installment is part four of a five-part series on bearings in power tools. To catch up, see the…

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Bearing Considerations in Handheld Power Tools: Temperatures and Materials

Bearing Considerations in Handheld Power Tools: Temperatures and Materials

This installment is part three of a five-part series on bearings in power tools. To catch up, see the…

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Bearing Considerations in Handheld Power Tools: Noise and Vibration

Bearing Considerations in Handheld Power Tools: Noise and Vibration

To read part I of our series on bearings in power tools, click here. A noisy and vibrating tool will…

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Bearing Considerations in Handheld Power Tools: Introduction

Bearing Considerations in Handheld Power Tools: Introduction

As part of our mission at the Bearings Blog, we strive to delve deep into topics, giving readers a deeper…

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Radial Ball Bearings: Fitting and Mounting Considerations

Radial Ball Bearings: Fitting and Mounting Considerations

Selecting the proper shaft and housing fit is critical in optimizing a radial ball bearing’s performance…

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AST Video Spotlights

AST Video Spotlights

Did you know that AST has a video section highlighting some of our value-added services and capabilities?…

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Preloading Ball Bearings: Full AST Guide

Preloading Ball Bearings: Full AST Guide

Now that our full preload guide has been posted we’re compiling all of the information from this educational…

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Inventory Management Solutions from AST

Inventory Management Solutions from AST

Inventory management is an integral component to optimizing supply-chains, When it’s done correctly,…

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Bearing Spotlight: Cam Follower Roller Bearings

Bearing Spotlight: Cam Follower Roller Bearings

Cam follower roller bearings – often called track followers – are specialty roller bearings designed…

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Preloading Ball Bearings Part V: Final Considerations Before Preloading

Preloading Ball Bearings Part V: Final Considerations Before Preloading

Welcome to the final installment of The Bearing Blog’s focus on preloading ball bearings. Today, we’re…

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Preloading Ball Bearings Part IV: Frequently Asked Questions

Preloading Ball Bearings Part IV: Frequently Asked Questions

Over the last three installments of the Bearings Blog, we’ve been examining preloading; follow the…

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Preloading Ball Bearings Pt. III: Axial Adjustment and Duplex Bearings

Preloading Ball Bearings Pt. III: Axial Adjustment and Duplex Bearings

Over the last two installments of the Bearings Blog,  we’ve been examining preloading; follow the…

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Preloading Ball Bearings Pt. II: Spring and Fixed Constraint

Preloading Ball Bearings Pt. II: Spring and Fixed Constraint

Last time in the Bearings Blog we looked at what preloading means and why it’s important. To read…

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Tech Spotlight: Preloading Ball Bearings

Tech Spotlight: Preloading Ball Bearings

In the case of ball bearings, preload is often a misunderstood concept and overlooked by designers and…

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How to Mount Spherical Plain Bearings

How to Mount Spherical Plain Bearings

To facilitate mounting of spherical plain bearings, the ends of pins or shafts and the edges of housing…

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