Glen Ellyn, IL — The Educational Services Committee of the Bearing Specialists Association (BSA) has just released the first in a new series of industry-specific educational publications, referred to as Industry Briefs, and intended to enhance the association’s existing Bearing Briefs by identifying bearing selection specifics used by individual industries.
The BSA Industry Brief: Poultry Process, details the use of bearings in poultry processing and is available for downloading as both a PowerPoint presentation and a PDF from the BSA members-only website, and as a PDF from the public website, www.bsahome.org, under Tools You Can Use.
Specifically, the Industry Brief maps the poultry process and identifies particular requirements for bearings. For example, in the receiving process, the Brief points out: “This application is subjected to shock loads that require rugged cast iron construction pillow block and four-bolt flanged bearings. Corrosion-resistant bearings are usually not required at this stage of the process.” Subsequent processes considered in this brief — slaughter, scalding and chilling — are given comparable consideration.
The Educational Services Committee hopes to address bearing selection specifics in various additional industries in subsequent Industry Briefs.
The key initiative of BSA’s Educational Services Committee is to “provide tools and knowledge for bearing industry personnel.” In the past the committee has supported this initiative by developing, maintaining and updating as necessary the In-House Training Guide, which has become the industry standard for bearing training. More recently, the committee has also developed and published 23 single-topic Bearing Briefs, all available as downloadable PDFs from the BSA website, with plans for more to come. The BSA Industry Brief: Poultry Process was approved at the association’s 2009 Annual Convention.
BSA is 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. For more information on BSA, contact the BSA office at (630) 858-3838; fax (630) 790-3095; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.bsahome.org.