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BSA releases new bearing brief on green technology

Glen Ellyn, IL -- Responding to the mounting commitment of business and consumers to sustainable technologies,...


January 4, 2010
By MRO Magazine

Glen Ellyn, IL — Responding to the mounting commitment of business and consumers to sustainable technologies, the Bearing Specialists Association (BSA) has released a new addition to its growing body of single-topic Bearing Briefs, The Best-Kept Secret in “Green” Technology. Developed by BSA’s Educational Services Committee, the report describes the many ways in which bearings contribute to a greener planet.


The Best Kept Secret in “Green” Technology points out the bearing industry is constantly developing bearings that operate at higher speeds, generate less friction (and therefore less energy consumption), support heavier loads, last longer, use environmentally friendly lubricants, and cost less throughout their service life. In short, the bearing industry is making the most of existing machines while reducing their impact on the environment. Equally important, the bearing industry also helps users and engineers balance bearing features to achieve optimum machine performance.



BSA also extended special thanks to committee member David Zoesch, director- marketing distribution, Schaeffler Group, for his considerable contributions to this publication.


The latest Bearing Brief is available for free download from Tools You Can Use on the BSA website at It’s the latest in a series of more than 20 free, single-topic user bulletins designed to deliver expertise to meet the needs of the end user as well as bearing industry professionals.


Previous reports have included Bearing Repair, Bearing Installation Fitting, Ceramic Bearings, Wear Sleeves and Other Shaft Repair Options, Vibration Analysis, Seal Selection, Load Ratings and Bearing Life, The Domestic Bearing Industry: Investing in the Future, Status of Bearing Load Ratings, History of Adhesives, Plane Bearings, A Brief History of Bearings, Linear Bearings, Bearings for the Food and Beverage Industry, Ball Screws as Positioning Actuators, Spherical Plane Bearings, Planetary Roller Screws, Split Roller Bearing Technology, Bearing Mounting Tools, Reduced Operating Costs Through Condition Monitoring, Understanding Linear Actuators, and Smart Bearing Technology.


For more information on the association, contact the BSA office at 630-858-3838; e-mail or visit