Bearing mounting and dismounting
Mounting is one of the critical stages of the bearing’s lifecycle. If the bearing is not mounted properly using the correct method and tools, the bearing’s service lifetime will be reduced. Around 16% of all premature bearing failures are a result of poor fitting or using incorrect mounting techniques.
At some point, the bearing will reach the end of its service life and will have to be replaced. Although the bearing may not be used again, it is extremely important to dismount it correctly so that the service life of the replacement bearing is not compromised. Firstly, the use of proper dismounting methods tools will help prevent damage to other machine components, such as the shaft and housing, which are often re–used. Secondly, incorrect dismounting techniques can be hazardous to the operator.
Help your bearing achieve its maximum service life
Every bearing has a certain service life potential. However, research has shown that, for various reasons, not every bearing achieves it. Important stages which have a major impact on a bearing service life can be recognised during the bearing’s lifecycle. These stages are mounting, lubrication, alignment, basic condition monitoring and dismounting. The stages in a bearing life cycle are extremely important for achieving the maximum service life of the bearing. By applying the right maintenance practices and using the correct tools, you can considerably extend your bearing’s service life and increase plant productivity and efficiency.