At AST Bearings, providing our customers with Value Beyond the Part™ is an essential component of our business. Our ability to work with customers on unique designs and applications is a primary element of this value proposition. To learn more, watch our bearing design and application engineering video.
We have a staff of design engineers and bearing specialists — including two Certified Bearing Specialists through the Bearing Specialist Association (BSA) — ready to find the right bearing for your unique application. This engineering group is a key factor behind the successful working relationships we’ve built with thousands of customers and can provide the most cost-effective solutions to your most difficult problems.
To provide the bearing type that is most suitable for an application and yields the required design life, our experts first conduct an analysis of load and speed requirements, including static, dynamic, radial, axial, combined and others.
We examine the available space, size constraints and the method of assembling the mechanism or device. Further key application inputs include the operating environment, rotational speed, rotational accuracy, system stiffness and deflection, torque and operating temperature. AST has the application engineering expertise to provide solutions for all these challenges individually or in combination, and we deliver these solutions at the right price for your bottom line.
Our bearing specialists are proficient at developing custom designs and can move rapidly from prototypes to production. Our design philosophy involves a systematic and structured approach, resulting in high reliability in the field. AST’s design team is equipped with state-of-the-art tools and software, including a bearing analysis lab. Combined with our extensive industry experience, our technical team delivers innovative solutions and top-notch service with a can-do attitude.
Whether you are designing new equipment, redesigning or retrofitting existing equipment, or replacing inefficient bearings, AST has the engineering team to support you.