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.

The latest Bearing Brief is available for free download from Tools You Can Use on the BSA website 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.

Bearing Briefs are a program of BSA’s Educational Services Committee. These special bulletins present summarized information on topics of interest to the bearings industry. BSA extends special thanks to committee member David Zoesch, Director- Marketing Distribution, Schaeffler Group, for his considerable contributions to this publication. 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. Bearing Briefs are just one of a variety of education and training programs and publications provided by the Association.

BSA is 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 association’s 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 contact the BSA office at (630) 858-3838; fax (630) 790-3095; email or visit the association website at

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