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National Bearings, a leading manufacturer of custom bearings and subassemblies, strives to provide timely, educational information to its customers with the goal of helping OEMs improve product quality, reduce costs, and avoid unnecessary production issues. Learn more about our unique approach and proven solutions. Read our case studies, feature articles and white papers. For questions or a free design analysis, click here.

Case Studies

Drill Chuck Bearing Case Study   Drill Chuck Bearing Case Study
A leading tool manufacturer required a compact bearing that would allow one-way ratcheting and make an audible “clicking” sound to signal to the end user that the drill bit was tight in the chuck. National Bearings was challenged with creating a bearing with all the aesthetic features while providing high-quality at a very reasonable price. Read more...

Medical Device Assembly Case Study   Power Tool Case Study
A leading power tool manufacturer inadvertently over-specified the load requirements for a needle thrust bearing in a drill. Production costs were unnecessarily high due to the use of a standard bearing. National Bearings collaborated with the drill designer to design a custom bearing that reduced the number of needles needed and lowered tooling costs. Read more...

Bearings for Medical Devices Case Study | Medical Bearings   Medical Device Assembly Case Study
A leading, US-based medical device manufacturer was experiencing significant product failure. The surgical device, which included a plastic gear was melting during surgery requiring the surgeon to use two devices during each procedure. Not only was this diminishing the end users’ desire to use the product, it was increasing hospital costs. Read more...


In the News

Custom Bearing Manufacturing Improves Product Quality   Beyond Bearings Basics: When to Consider Custom Bearings Instead of Standard Bearings
Power Transmission Engineering Magazine, October 2015
By Mark Bos, Vice President, National Bearings
The bearing selection process is seemingly simple: Select the bearing type based on direction of load in the application, Select the appropriate rolling element based on the load and speed requirements, and Select the bearing material based on the operating environment. In many applications, specifying a standard bearing yields an effective result. But in selecting a standard bearing, can a product designer actually make a costly mistake? Read more...

Custom Bearing Manufacturing Improves Product Quality   Improving Product Quality with Custom Bearings
Product Design & Development Magazine, June 2015
By Mark Bos, Vice President, National Bearings
Bearing selection is a step-by-step process of determining the type of bearing necessary, the loads and speeds of the application, and the operating environment. In many instances, the selection of a standard bearing yields an effective result. In others, the use of the standard bearing may increase costs unnecessarily. When should you compare a standard bearing to a custom bearing? Click to learn more.

Custom Bearing Advantages for Your Design | Medical Bearings   Custom Bearings: 4 Advantages for Your Design
Medical Design Technology magazine, May 2015
By Mark Bos, Vice President, National Bearings
When cost containment, regulatory compliance, and the ability to respond quickly to new opportunities are of critical importance, it’s easy to select a standard bearing from a catalog and move to the next step in production. But what does that simple decision really cost? Read more...

Material Grade for a Custom Bearing: Specifying Stainless Bearing Steel   Choosing the Right Grade: Specifying Stainless Bearing Steel
Ask the Expert Column featuring Mark Bos, Vice President Custom bearings are often made from stainless steel, especially in applications where corrosion-resistance, non-magnetic properties or frequent sterilization are needed. Many grades of stainless steel are available, and it is important to select the grade that best meets the requirements of the application. Read more...

Bearings for Medical Devices Case Study | Bearing Subassembly Design   Medical Device Assembly Case Study: Solving Complex Production Issues with a Subassembly Design
A leading, U.S.-based medical device manufacturer was experiencing significant product failure. The surgical device, which included a plastic gear, was melting during surgery requiring the surgeon to use two devices during each procedure. Read more...

Streamline Production & Reduce Costs with Custom Bearing Subassemblies   Streamline Production & Reduce Costs with a Custom Subassembly Solution from National Bearings
The numbers speak for themselves. Review diagram 1 or diagram 2 for a breakdown of how much a bearing subassembly solution can help you simplify and save. Or submit your design for a FREE personalized analysis. The difference might surprise you.



Press Releases

Improve Cost Containment and Product Performance | Custom Bearing   Improve Cost Containment, Product Performance with a Custom Bearing: National Bearings Helps Medical OEMs Avoid Costly Mistakes with Pre-production Tip Sheet, Web Page & Case Study.

Medical device designers have a new place to turn for help in specifying the right bearing for their products. The Medical Device Design page on the National Bearings website offers new resources for medical OEMs, including a Bearing Selection Tip Sheet which identifies considerations that many medical device designers inadvertently overlook when specifying a bearing. Read more...

 Avoid Production Issues | Improve Quality | Custom Bearing   Avoid Production Issues, Improve Quality with a Custom Bearing: National Bearings Company Helps OEMs Avoid Costly Mistakes with Pre-production Tip Sheet.

Product designers or engineers who specify bearings in their products have a new resource to help avoid costly mistakes thanks to National Bearings Company. The Bearing Selection Tip Sheet identifies considerations that many product designers inadvertently overlook when specifying a bearing early in the design process. Read more...


White Papers

Improve Cost, Production and Quality with a Custom Bearing   How to Prevent Unnecessary Costs, Avoid Production Issues and Improve Product Quality with a Custom Bearing

Are you using a standard bearing in your product?Before you proceed with design or production, think again about the bearing specification. At National Bearings Company, we help manufacturers reduce total product costs, speed time to market and improve product performance. Ninety percent of the time we do this by helping manufacturers realize the benefits of replacing a so-called cheaper standard bearing with a right-sized custom bearing. Read more...

5 Ways a Custom Bearing Improves Design Innovation   Bearings Tips - 5 Ways a Custom Bearing Gives you More Freedom for Design Innovation

Bearings are a critical component to product success. A custom bearing can contribute to a product design that is smaller, more compact, feature-rich and visually appealing. Find out what a custom bearing can do for you. Read more...


Product Literature

Custom Bearing and Bearing Subassemblies Solutions   Learn about National Bearings' full range of custom bearings solutions for a range of applications.

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