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BSA develops ‘Education Brand’

Glen Ellyn, IL -- As part of its established leadership role as an industry educator and innovator, the Bearing Spe...


February 21, 2007
By MRO Magazine


Glen Ellyn, IL — As part of its established leadership role as an industry educator and innovator, the Bearing Specialists Association (BSA) and its Educational Services Committee has developed a new BSA ‘education brand’ that ties all BSA educational materials together.

BSA educational materials are highly regarded among distributor members, participating manufacturers and others throughout the bearing industry, and they are just one of the ways in which BSA has established itself among industry leaders, said educational services committee chair Howard Gainey of Bearings & Drives Inc., Gainsville, Fla.

At the heart of the BSA education brand development, the associations ESC Reports have been renamed Bearing Briefs to better describe their role in delivering specific, single-topic technical expertise to bearing professionals and end users. Since 1988, BSA Bearing Briefs/ESC Reports have been developed by the BSA Education Services Committee to meet specific informational needs of new technology and industry developments.

Although Bearing Briefs are educational materials designed for the distributor to pass along to the end user, experience has shown that they are equally useful reference materials for manufacturers and distributors. Their easy access, in a free, downloadable PDF format from the BSA website, makes them exceptionally user friendly. Their focus on single topics, often including graphics, charts and additional references, makes them especially applicable in problem-solving or troubleshooting situations.
There are currently 20 Bearing Briefs, all available for free download in PDF format from the BSA website:


Load Ratings and Bearing Life
The Domestic Bearing Industry: Investing in the Future
Status of Bearing Load Ratings
History of Adhesives
Plane Bearings
Seal Selection
Vibration Analysis
Wear Sleeves and Other Shaft Repair Options
Bearing Repair
Bearing Installation and Fitting
Bearing Standards Organizations
Hybrid Ceramic Ball Bearings
Brief History of Bearings
Linear Bearings
Bearings for the Food & Beverage Industry
Spherical Plain Bearings
Planetary Roller Screws
Bearing Mounting Tools
Split Roller Bearing Technology
Reduced Operating Costs Through Condition Monitoring.

In addition to the Bearing Briefs, all BSA educational materials, including the In-House Training Guide (IHTG), newly revised BSA Lubrication Guide, and Certified Bearing Specialist program now sport the new BSA education logo to identify them as part of the full complement of BSA educational materials.

BSAs IHTG was the first self-study educational tool for the bearing industry and continues to dominate as a baseline measure of bearing-specific training. Designed to present essential bearing information for industry newcomers, the IHTG maintains its relevance to the industry with regular updates that reflect the latest in bearing technology with topics such as ball screws and linear bearings.

The IHTG also includes BSAs newly revised Lubrication Guide. Long-viewed as the only non-manufacturer source for a complete discussion of bearing lubrication, members of the Educational Services Committee tapped the expertise of BSA members and participating manufacturers to update the guide to include the latest materials and processes. Changes and additions to the Lubrication Guide include flourosilicone oils, an update on grease lubrication; dry solid lubricants, dry film lubricants, and important information on lubrication failures. The complete IHTG, including the Lubrication Guide are now available electronically for more immediate delivery. Follow this link,, for ordering information.

The BSA education brand also includes the associations well-known Certified Bearing Specialist (CBS) program, which was designed to help members differentiate their company in the marketplace. The CBS designation certifies industry personnel as bearing specialists, individuals with excellent knowledge in the selection, application and analysis of bearings. In 2006 the CBS program was updated to meet the demands of recent technology and expanded to include manufacturer participation. To learn more about certification, visit

BSA identifies itself as the ‘must belong to organization for authorized bearing distributors.’ An international service and educational organization of distributors representing a total of almost 100 companies distributing factory-warranted ball-, roller-, and anti-friction bearings and invited manufacturers of bearings and related products, the associations mission says: BSA is the forum to enhance networking and knowledge sharing and promote the sale of bearings through authorized distributors.

For more information on BSA or the 2007 Annual Convention, contact the BSA office at (630) 858-3838; fax (630) 790-3095; email or visit the association website at