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NBC Bearings Conducts Another Raid on Counterfeiters

~ The raid resulted in the recovery of counterfeit bearings worth over Rs. 28 lacs in two raids~

Delhi, 19th February 2024: National Engineering Industries Ltd. (NEI) – part of the US$ 2.9 billion CK Birla Group and manufacturer of NBC brand of bearings, India’s leading bearings manufacturer, and exporter, has done another round of raids to combat the issue of counterfeit bearings by facilitating crackdown on spurious bearing manufacturers in Delhi and Agra. The operations undertaken with local authorities resulted in the recovery of counterfeit bearings worth over Rs. 28 lacs from two locations in two cities namely Kashmiri Gate in Delhi and Thana Chatta in Agra.

Counterfeit bearings remain one of the most gruesome threats to the industry, affecting machinery’s safety, reliability, and performance across various sectors. The unauthorized production and distribution of counterfeit bearings compromises the integrity of machines and leads to potential hazards and financial losses for end-users. NEI has always been guided by and is committed to excellence in end-customer experience and safety. 

S Patni, Chief of Domestic Sales, NEI said, “NBC Bearings continues to provide its customers with authentic and reliable bearings across multiple sectors. We are urging our customers to be careful and purchase bearings only from approved dealers to ensure the quality, security, and efficiency of the products. We also request our users to verify genuine bearings using the NBC Connect App. These raids on counterfeit manufacturers demonstrate the industry’s determination to eradicate such fraudulent practices and NBC is committed to eliminate counterfeit bearings.”

NBC Bearings remains at the forefront of innovation and quality assurance, setting a benchmark for the industry. The company will keep investing in initiatives that safeguard the integrity of its products and contribute to the overall well-being of the industries it serves. The unique feature in NBC Bearings’ app helps anyone in possession of its bearing to verify the authenticity of the bearing within seconds. 

About National Engineering Industries Ltd (NBC Bearings)

Founded in 1946, National Engineering Industries Ltd (NEI), is a part of the CK Birla group and manufacturer of the NBC brand of bearings. CK Birla Group is today a 2.9bn USD diversified conglomerate with over 30,000 employees and 50 manufacturing facilities across India and overseas. Enabling sustainability by making movement more efficient, NEI is India’s leading manufacturer and exporter of bearings with a manufacturing capacity of 250 Mn bearings annually in over 3100+ variants for application across automotive, railways, aerospace and industrial segments to serve customers in more than 30 countries. It also serves the Indian aftermarket through a countrywide network of over 550 authorized stockists and thousands of retailers.

Headquartered in Jaipur, NEI is the only bearing manufacturer in the world to win the prestigious Deming Grand Prize (2015). With an employee strength of over 2,800 and five manufacturing plants in Jaipur (2), Newai (Rajasthan), Manesar (Haryana) and Vadodara (Gujarat), NEI is equipped with global manufacturing and process technology and has one of the best R&D centres in India. Apart from being technologically advanced, the company practices methods of sustainability by using alternate sources of energy and increasing the efficiency of the manufacturing process by leveraging on the power of digitisation. NBC Bearings is committed to be carbon neutral by 2039.

In 2020, National Engineering Industries Ltd, acquired Kinex bearings in Europe through it’s subsidiary NBC Global Ag, to enhance, diversify and provide best-in-class products to its existing and potential customers. In 2022, NBC Global Ag opened its Global Technology Centre in Germany to support innovation and provide support to NEI’s global growth. For details, visit: https://nbcbearings.com/

About CK Birla Group

The CK Birla Group, with a revenue of USD 2.9 billion, is an Indian multinational conglomerate. With over 35,000 employees, the group operates 49 manufacturing facilities across India and internationally, with a presence in diverse sectors, including technology, automotive, home and building and healthcare.

The companies share a common ambition of serving customers, partners and communities to create long term value through trust-based relationships and philanthropy. The Trusts and Foundations established by the family over the last seven decades actively support social development and healthcare advancements, through the promotion of science, technology, education, art and culture.

The CK Birla Group companies include Birlasoft Limited, GMMCO Limited, HIL Limited, National Engineering Industries Limited (manufacturer of NBC Bearings), Orient Cement Limited, Orient Electric Limited, Orient Paper & Industries Limited, AVTEC Limited, and CK Birla Healthcare Private Limited which operates CK Birla Hospitals and Birla Fertility & IVF Centres.

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What is Axial Load and Radial Load?

In the intricate world of bearings and mechanical systems, the concepts of axial load and radial load play a pivotal role in ensuring smooth operation, durability, and overall performance. Let us understand the concepts by deep diving into the basics and applications.

Axial Load And Radial Load

What is an Axial load?

Concept: Axial load, also known as thrust load, is a force applied parallel to the axis of a mechanical component or bearing. It tends to move components along the axis, either towards or away from the source of the force. The pushing or pulling a component in a straight line is the simplest example of an axial load.

Example 1: Elevator in a skyscraper. The cables that bear the weight of the elevator unit are bearing axial loads. As the elevator moves up or down, the cables must withstand the thrust forces generated by the changing load due to gravity.

Example 2: Hydraulic press in a manufacturing unit. Thrust bearings in the hydraulic cylinder are exposed to axial loads, ensuring controlled movements and precise shaping of materials.

Components: Here are some of the components which are capable of bearing an axial load.

  • Thrust Bearings: Designed to withstand axial loads it specialises in ensuring controlled movement along the axis.
  • Screws and Bolts: Fasteners like screws and bolts often experience axial loads, especially in applications where tension or compression forces are prevalent.

Applications: Here are some of the scenarios where you will find axial load being applied:

  • Automotives: In automotive applications, axial loads are managed by thrust bearings, which ensure stable and controlled motion during acceleration and deceleration.
  • Aerospace Engineering: Aircraft components, such as control surfaces and landing gear, experience axial loads during takeoff, landing, and manoeuvres.

What is a Radial Load?

Concept: Radial load is the force applied perpendicular to the axis of a mechanical component or bearing. It works perpendicular to the axis, aiming to compress or deform the component radially. The force experienced by a wheel rolling on a surface is an example of radial load.

Example 1:

Conveyor belt system in a manufacturing plant: The rollers which support the belt are bearing the radial loads due to the weight of the material transported. Bearings help ensure that these rollers rotate smoothly, while maintaining the efficiency of the conveyor system.

Example 2:

Heavy machinery gearbox: Cylindrical roller bearings in a gearbox manage radial loads. These help maintain a smooth rotation of gears when the force is acting perpendicular to the shaft.

Components:

  • Roller Bearings: Cylindrical or tapered roller bearings are common components designed to handle radial loads efficiently.
  • Bushings: In mechanical systems, these are used to support radial loads and keep friction to minimum.

Applications: Here are some of the scenarios where you will find radial load being applied:

  • Wheel Bearings in Vehicles: In wheel bearings, the force is exerted perpendicular to the axle, supporting the weight of the vehicle. Therefore this manages radial load. Electric Motors: Bearings in electric motors that require smooth rotations endure radial loads under the influence of gravitational forces.

Role of Loads in Bearings and Mechanical Components

Role of Axial Loads in Bearings Role of Radial Loads in Bearings
Thrust Bearings specifically handle axial loads, to prevent mechanical components from moving along the axis. Deep Groove Ball Bearings are used for radial loads in applications like conveyor systems and electric motors.
Angular Contact Bearings are often used in pairs to manage both axial and radial loads. This is commonly found in applications like machine tool spindles. Cylindrical Roller Bearings are ideal for high radial loads, often employed in heavy machinery and industrial equipment.

How to Calculate Axial and Radial Loads?

Axial Load Calculation Formula

Radial Load Calculation Formula

F = P × D

Axial

Where,

F denotes axial load

Axial

P denotes thrust force,

D denotes the effective diameter of the component

F = P × C

Radial

Where,

F denotes the radial load,

Radial

P denotes the thrust force,

C denotes dynamic load capacity of the bearing.

When it comes to operating industrial machinery, axial and radial loads are not just technical nuances but practical determinants of operational efficiency.

Understanding the dynamics of axial and radial loads are:

  • Fundamental in crafting machinery for precision and durability of operations
  • Understanding how to handle and operate heavy-duty equipment for seamless performance
  • Necessary to ensure reliable performance, enhanced efficiency and prolonged machinery life in the industrial landscape

To help optimise your machinery and equipment performance, reach out to our experts today!

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Navigating the Future: A Deep Dive into Bearings Technology

In the intricate machinery of modern industries, bearings play a pivotal role, serving as silent heroes that ensure smooth operations. Bearings have come a long way since their inception, evolving to meet the demands of advancing technologies. Initially, bearings were simple components designed to reduce friction between moving parts. The advent of ball bearings revolutionized the industry, providing enhanced efficiency and durability. This marked the beginning of a transformative era in the world of machinery.

Future of Bearing Technology

As we stand at the threshold of the future, the bearing industry is poised for remarkable transformations. The integration of advanced materials, precision engineering, and innovative designs is set to redefine the capabilities of bearings in various applications. The future promises not just incremental improvements but revolutionary changes that will shape the landscape of industries relying on these crucial components.

As we drive through the thrilling journey of bearings evolution, it’s only fair to pause and compare the stalwarts of the present with the game-changers of the future. Let’s dive into a side-by-side comparison of the existing bearings and the futuristic marvels waiting to reshape the landscape of machinery.

Benefits of Existing Technology Against Futuristic Technology?

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Existing Bearings

Futuristic Technology

Friction Reduction

Standard bearings excel at reducing friction but may require regular lubrication.

Intelligent friction management in futuristic bearings minimizes wear and extends operational life without the need for constant maintenance.

Materials

Traditionally used metals and alloy components.

Advanced materials like ceramics and composites enhance durability and performance.

Design Complexity

Limited customization, standard designs.

3D-printed bearings offer unparalleled customization, allowing for intricate and optimized designs tailored to specific applications.

Maintenance

Requires regular lubrication making it maintenance intensive.

Self-lubricating bearings eliminate the need for constant manual maintenance, reducing downtime and operational costs.

Precision

Focus on precision based output with industry standards.

Unprecedented precision meets the demands of specialized applications, ensuring optimal performance.

Sensors & Connectivity

Limited to basic functionality without advanced sensing capabilities.

Embedded sensors provide real-time data, enabling predictive maintenance and enhanced operational insights.

Environmental Impact

Varied, depending on lubrication and materials.

Sustainable materials and reduced maintenance contribute to a more eco-friendly solution.

Application Range

Broad applications across industries.

Bearings tailored for specific applications optimize performance and efficiency.

Smart Bearing Technology

The era of intelligent machinery is dawning, and smart bearings are at its forefront. Equipped with sensors and connectivity features, smart bearings provide real-time data on their performance. This data can be leveraged for predictive maintenance, allowing businesses to preemptively address issues, minimize downtime, and optimize operational efficiency. Here are its significant features:

  • Embedded Sensors: These monitor various parameters in real-time, collect data on temperature, vibration, load, and other critical factors directly affecting bearing performance.
  • Real-time Monitoring: Continuous feedback on the bearing’s operational status, allows proactive monitoring. This in turn enables predictive analytics, to prepare for potential concerns and plan timely maintenance.
  • Connectivity: Designed to integrate seamlessly with Internet of Things (IoT) platforms, it aims to empower operators to manage bearings from a central location remotely.
  • Condition Monitoring: Smart bearings can assess their longevity, & create an early warning system to prevent unexpected failures.
  • Energy Efficiency: The ability to adjust operational parameters based on real-time data contributes to energy efficiency. Proactive monitoring minimizes unexpected breakdowns, reducing the energy consumption associated with downtime.
  • Diagnostic Capabilities: Smart bearings can diagnose faults and irregularities within the machinery, providing detailed insights into the root causes of issues. This is vital for the development of effective maintenance strategies.

3D Printed Bearings

The advent of 3D printing has unleashed unprecedented possibilities in manufacturing, and bearings are no exception. 3D printed bearings offer customization like never before, allowing for intricate designs and geometries that were once thought impossible. This not only streamlines the production process but also opens doors to creating bearings tailored for specific applications, optimizing performance and longevity. Here are its significant features.

  • Customized Designs: 3D printing allows for the creation of bearings with intricate and customized geometries, that precisely fit unique machinery requirements.
  • Material Variety: 3D printing supports the use of various materials. Composite materials help create hybrid bearings for enhanced performance.
  • Lightweight Construction: 3D printed bearings can be designed with lightweight structures without compromising strength. Ideal for applications where mobility and agility are critical.
  • Complex Internal Structures: 3D printing allows for the creation of complex internal structures within bearings, optimizing load distribution and reducing stress points.
  • Rapid Prototyping: This means quick iterations and modifications during the design phase, resulting in reduced development costs and better outcomes, especially for large bearings.
  • Innovative Applications: Unconventional Shapes can be achieved with 3D printing. This opens up possibilities for innovative applications.

Self-Lubricating Bearings

One of the most significant challenges in traditional bearings is the need for regular lubrication. Self-lubricating bearings is the solution that eliminates the hassle of manual lubrication. Equipped with embedded lubricants, it reduces friction and wear. This enhances efficiency while extending the lifespan of the bearing, making it a sustainable and cost-effective choice. Here are some of its marked features:

  • Autonomous Lubrication: These come with built-in lubrication systems that ensure a continuous supply of lubricant to critical contact points. This means no external intervention is necessary for further lubrication.
  • Extended Service Life: Clearly with a reduction in maintenance scheduling, lubrication is available right when the bearing needs it. This eliminates chances of friction completely, even in the hard to reach areas.
  • Wide Temperature Range: With timely lubrication, bearings can sustain performance even in extreme temperature conditions.
  • Reduced Friction: This directly translates to smooth and quiet operation, with no vibrations. This contributes to enhanced machinery performance.
  • Corrosion Resistance: Self-lubricating provides a protective barrier against corrosion and harsh environmental conditions, i.e., exposure to moisture and chemicals.
  • Cost-Effective Solution: Eliminates the need for frequent maintenance and manual lubrication, resulting in less frequent replacement, further reducing overall costs.

Precision Bearings

In the pursuit of optimal performance, precision bearings stand out as a beacon of excellence. These bearings are crafted with meticulous attention to detail, ensuring minimal tolerance and maximum accuracy. The demand for precision bearings is soaring across industries where even the slightest deviation can lead to significant consequences. From aerospace to medical devices, precision bearings are driving advancements in technology. Here are some of its distinct features:

  • Minimal Deviation Tolerance: Consistent dimensional accuracy across multiple bearings ensures uniform and consistent bearings performance.
  • High-Speed Capability: Reduced internal friction ensures efficiency at high rotational speeds, as in case of machine tools and aerospace components.
  • Rigidity and Stiffness: Superior rigidity, minimized load deflection helps maintain operational accuracy and stability.
  • Quiet Operation: These bearings operate with minimal noise and vibration, hence preferred for medical devices and laboratory equipment.
  • Customizable Configurations: Configurations for precision bearings can be adapted as per the specialized needs in industries like aerospace, automotive, or medical devices.
  • High-Quality Materials: Precision bearings use high-quality materials such as chrome steel, ceramic, or stainless steel.
  • Corrosion Resistance: Due to their precision it eliminates unnecessary friction, ensures longevity and efficiency even in demanding environments.
  • Quality Assurance: Rigorous testing is carried out to meet stringent quality standards to keep the bearing performance at optimum.

In conclusion, the future of bearing technology is an exciting landscape where innovation and functionality converge. The future promises not just incremental improvements but a complete reimagining of what bearings can achieve. As industries embrace these advancements, the future of bearings technology is set to redefine the very essence of industrial operations. As we compare the existing bearings with the futuristic marvels awaiting us, it’s clear that we’re on the brink of a technological revolution.

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Oil- Impregnated Ball Cage Assembly for Your Column Steering Bearing

Overview of Steering Column Bearings

In the realm of mechanical engineering, steering column bearings play a pivotal role in ensuring smooth and precise steering functionality in vehicles. These bearings facilitate the rotation of the steering shaft, enabling seamless maneuverability and control of the vehicle. Within the steering column assembly, bearings are tasked with bearing radial and axial loads while maintaining stability and minimizing friction.

What is an Oil-Impregnated Ball Cage Assembly?

Enter the oil-impregnated ball cage assembly, a technological marvel designed to optimize the performance and longevity of steering column bearings. Unlike traditional ball cages, which rely on conventional lubrication methods, oil-impregnated ball cages are infused with lubricating oil during the manufacturing process. This innovative approach ensures continuous lubrication of the bearing elements, reducing friction and wear while enhancing operational efficiency.

Advantages of Oil-Impregnated Ball Cage Assembly

The adoption of oil-impregnated ball cage assemblies offers a multitude of advantages. Firstly, the continuous lubrication provided by the oil-impregnated cage ensures smoother operation and reduced friction, resulting in improved steering responsiveness and overall vehicle handling.

Additionally, the self-lubricating nature of the assembly reduces the need for frequent maintenance, translating to lower operational costs and enhanced reliability.

Maintenance Efficiency of Ball Cage Assembly

One of the standout features of the oil-impregnated ball cage assembly is its maintenance efficiency. Traditional ball cages often require periodic lubrication to ensure optimal performance, which can be time-consuming and labor-intensive. 

In contrast, the self-lubricating properties of the oil-impregnated cage eliminate the need for frequent lubrication, streamlining maintenance procedures and minimizing downtime for vehicle servicing.

Applications of Ball Cage Assembly

The versatility of the oil-impregnated ball cage assembly extends beyond the automotive sector. Industries such as aerospace, industrial machinery, and robotics can benefit from the enhanced performance and reliability offered by this innovative technology. Whether it’s steering systems in aircraft or precision machinery in manufacturing plants, the oil-impregnated ball cage assembly ensures smooth operation and prolonged service life.

FAQ's

What is the function of the cage in a ball bearing?

The cage in a ball bearing serves to retain and separate the individual balls, maintaining their relative positions and preventing contact, which could lead to friction and wear.

What does a ball cage do?

A ball cage, also known as a ball retainer or ball separator, guides and spaces the balls within a ball bearing, ensuring uniform distribution and preventing contact between the balls during operation.

How are ball bearing cages made?

Ball bearing cages are typically made from materials such as steel, brass, or plastic. They are manufactured using precision machining or injection molding processes to ensure dimensional accuracy and uniformity.

What does a steering column assembly do?

The steering column assembly connects the steering wheel to the steering mechanism of a vehicle, transmitting driver input to the steering system and allowing for controlled steering of the vehicle.

What does the steering column include?

The steering column includes components such as the steering shaft, steering wheel, steering column housing, bearings, and other associated parts that facilitate steering functionality in vehicles.

What are the components of the steering assembly?

The steering assembly comprises various components, including the steering column, steering rack, tie rods, steering knuckles, and steering wheel, working together to enable controlled and precise steering of the vehicle.

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What is a Retaining Ring?

A retaining ring, also known as a circlip or snap ring, stands as a fundamental yet often overlooked component in the realm of fasteners. Its primary function is to secure various elements axially on a shaft or within a bore. Unlike traditional fastening methods such as threads or bolts, retaining rings provide a cost-effective and efficient solution for axial component retention.

Why would you use a Retaining Ring?

Retaining rings find application in engineering and manufacturing processes due to their unique ability to streamline the fastening process while ensuring structural integrity. Unlike traditional fastening devices that often involve intricate threading or complex mechanisms, retaining rings provide a simpler yet highly effective solution. The key advantage are:

  • Simple and straightforward design that helps quick installation & removal.
  • Eliminating the need for additional elaborate fastening procedures.
  • Instead of relying on bolts, nuts, or screws, retaining rings secure components in place using a circular, ring-like structure.
  • The assembly process is also expedited reducing the likelihood of errors or complications associated with more intricate fastening methods.
  • The absence of threaded components reduces the risk of cross-threading, a common concern with traditional fastening mechanisms.

Overall, the decision to use retaining rings is driven by the desire for a practical and reliable fastening solution. Whether in manufacturing, repair, or assembly processes, the simplicity and effectiveness of retaining rings make them a valuable component, simplifying the complex task of securing elements in a wide range of applications.

How is a Retaining Ring Made?

The manufacturing process of retaining rings varies based on factors like type and size. Stamping, coiling, and machining are common methods employed in their production. These methods ensure precision and durability, aligning with the stringent requirements of diverse applications.

Where are Retaining Rings Used?

Retaining rings find extensive applications across various industries. Their usage spans from automotive and industrial settings to machinery applications. Common scenarios include securing bearings, gears, pulleys, or other rotating components on shafts.

Types of Retaining Rings & Usage

  • Internal Retaining Rings: These rings fit within a bore or housing, exerting radial force to secure components effectively.
  • External Retaining Rings: Designed to fit around a shaft, these rings exert outward force, ensuring a secure grip on components.
  • Constant Section Rings: Maintaining a uniform cross-section throughout, these rings offer stability and ease of installation.
  • Spiral Rings: Crafted from flat wire, these rings provide 360-degree contact with the groove, ensuring enhanced stability.
  • E-Clips: Resembling the letter “E,” these clips are commonly used in shaft grooves to secure components firmly.

What Materials are Used for a Retaining Ring?

The material selection for retaining rings depends on the specific demands of the application. Carbon steel, stainless steel, or various alloys are commonly utilized to ensure the rings withstand the mechanical stresses and environmental conditions they might encounter.

Retaining rings, though seemingly unassuming, play a crucial role in maintaining the structural integrity of diverse mechanical assemblies. Their versatility, coupled with reliability, positions them as indispensable components across a myriad of industries. This comprehensive exploration aims to shed light on the intricacies of retaining rings, offering valuable insights into their types, materials, and applications, empowering engineers and enthusiasts alike in optimizing their usage for diverse engineering scenarios.

FAQs:

Q: What is another name for a retaining ring?

Retaining rings go by various names, and two commonly used alternatives are “circlips” and “snap rings.”

Q: What are retaining ring pliers used for?

Retaining ring pliers serve as specialized tools meticulously crafted for the efficient installation or removal of retaining rings. These pliers have distinct tips and features designed to securely grip and manipulate the retaining ring during the installation or removal process.

Q: What is the difference between circlip and retaining ring?

In engineering terminology, “circlip” and “retaining ring” are often used interchangeably, essentially denoting the same type of fastener. Both terminologies refer to a versatile, ring-shaped device used for securing components onto a shaft or within a bore.

Q: How are retaining rings measured?

The measurement of retaining rings involves determining their nominal size, which corresponds to the shaft or bore diameter they are intended to fit. This measurement is critical for ensuring a precise and secure fit during the installation process.

Q: What tool is used to install retaining rings?

The installation of retaining rings requires specialized tools, with retaining ring pliers being a commonly employed instrument. These pliers are tailored to provide a secure grip on the ring, facilitating seamless installation or removal. Additionally, other tools designed for specific retaining ring types may be utilized, ensuring the process aligns with industry standards and safety practices.

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Wheel Bearings: Paving the Path for Smooth Automotive Travels

In the complex domain of automotive engineering, specific components work silently to guarantee smooth vehicle functionality. Among these essential contributors, wheel bearings play a crucial role in ensuring efficiency and safety.

What is Wheel Bearing?

A wheel bearing, at its core, is a compact yet critical component that facilitates the smooth rotation of the wheel hub assembly. This unassuming element bears the weight of the vehicle while ensuring minimal friction for optimal performance. Comprising an inner and outer ring, rolling elements (balls or rollers), and a cage to retain these elements, a wheel bearing is a precision-engineered assembly designed for reliability.

Components of Wheel Bearings

  • Inner and Outer Ring: These rings form the structural framework of the bearing, providing support and stability for operation.
  • Rolling Elements (Balls or Rollers): Positioned between the inner and outer rings, these are the actual components responsible for enabling smooth rotation. Depending on the design and specific application, wheel bearings can feature either balls or rollers as their rolling elements.
  • Cage: The rolling elements are housed and separated by a cage, which serves to retain them in their proper positions. The cage maintains the spacing between the rolling elements and prevents any unwanted friction or interference by providing smooth movability.

This precision-engineered assembly is designed with meticulous attention to detail, considering factors such as load-bearing capacity, durability, and operational efficiency. The synergy of these components allows wheel bearings to withstand the demands of vehicular motion while providing reliable and consistent performance.

Types of Wheel Bearings

  • Ball Bearings: In the realm of wheel bearings, ball bearings employ spherical balls to facilitate smooth rolling between the inner and outer raceways. This design is prevalent due to its efficiency and versatility.
  • Roller Bearings: With cylindrical or tapered rollers distributing the load evenly, roller bearings are preferred for applications demanding durability and resilience, especially in heavy-duty scenarios.
  • Tapered Roller Bearings: Exhibiting versatility by handling both radial and axial loads, tapered roller bearings are commonplace in vehicles where precision and endurance are paramount.

How Does a Wheel Bearing Work?

  • Load Distribution: The primary function of a wheel bearing is to evenly distribute the weight of the vehicle across its structure, ensuring equilibrium and stability in motion.
  • Reducing Friction: Wheel bearings effectively minimize friction between the wheel and the axle, a pivotal factor for fuel efficiency and overall performance.
  • Enabling Rotation: As the wheel rotates, the wheel bearing facilitates this motion by providing a frictionless environment, allowing for a smooth and unhindered rotation.

Signs of a Bad Wheel Bearing

  • Unusual Noises: Wheel bearing with the presence of unusual noises, like growling or humming, specially during the turns are a sure shot indication of a bad wheel bearing.
  • Vibration: Excessive vibrations felt through the steering wheel or the vehicle’s chassis are signs of a compromised wheel bearing. This needs immediate attention.
  • Uneven Tire Wear: Visual cues like cupping or scalloping on tires often signify irregular wear patterns attributed to a faulty wheel bearing.
  • Excessive Play: The presence of looseness in the wheel suggests a potential issue with the wheel bearing, necessitating inspection and possible replacement.

How to Replace a Car Wheel Bearing?

  • Safety First: Securely place the vehicle on jack stands and wearing protective gear, including gloves and eye protection.
  • Removing the Wheel: Begin removing the wheel to expose the hub assembly and the underlying components.
  • Accessing the Bearing: Depending on the vehicle’s design, remove other components like brake calipers and rotors to access the wheel bearing.
  • Pressing Out the Old Bearing: Using a bearing press, carefully and systematically press out the worn-out wheel bearing from the hub assembly.
  • Installing the New Bearing: Insert the new wheel bearing into the hub, ensuring proper seating to guarantee optimal functionality and longevity.
  • Reassemble Components: Reverse steps above, ensuring each element is properly secured. Refer to the manufacturer’s specifications for torque settings when tightening bolts and nuts to guarantee proper functioning and safety.

Conclusion: Navigating the Journey Ahead

In cars, wheel bearings silently ensure a smooth journey. As technology advances, they stay reliable under the vehicle, supporting its efficiency. Like a silent force, these components keep every ride dependable, embodying resilience.

FAQ’s

Can you drive a car with a bad wheel bearing?

It is not recommended to drive with a bad wheel bearing as it can lead to further damage and compromise safety. Prompt replacement is advised.

Do wheel bearings affect brakes?

Yes, worn down wheel bearings can impact the effectiveness of the brake system leading to

  • Uneven braking,
  • Vibrations, or
  • Affect the overall performance of the brakes.

How long do wheel bearings last?

The lifespan of wheel bearings varies, but they typically last between 85,000 to 100,000 miles. Regular maintenance and early detection of issues can further extend their longevity.

What causes bad wheel bearing?

Factors such as heavy loads, poor-quality lubrication, water exposure, or simply wear and tear over time can contribute to the deterioration of wheel bearings.

What is wheel bearing noise?

Wheel bearing noise is often a humming or grinding sound that increases with vehicle speed. It is a common sign of a potential issue and should be addressed promptly to avoid further damage.

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NBC Bearings’ Crackdown on Counterfeit Bearing

~ Resulted in the recovery of counterfeit bearings worth over Rs. 44 lacs in five raids~

Ahmedabad/ Delhi, 11thJanuary 2024: National Engineering Industries Ltd. (NEI) – part of the US$ 2.9 billion CK Birla Group and manufacturer of NBC brand of bearings, India’s leading bearings manufacturer, and exporter, has taken a significant step towards combating the issue of counterfeit bearings by facilitating crackdown on spurious bearing manufacturers in Delhi and Ahmedabad. The operations undertaken with local authorities, resulted in the recovery of counterfeit bearings worth over Rs. 44lacs from five outlets in two cities namely Kashmiri Gate in Delhi and Delhi Darwaja in Ahmedabad

Counterfeit bearings pose a serious threat to the industry, affecting the safety, reliability, and performance of machinery across various sectors. The unauthorized production and distribution of counterfeit bearings not only compromises the integrity of machines but also leads to potential hazards and financial losses for end-users. And NEI has always been guided by and is committed to excellence in end customer experience and end customer safety. 

S Patni, Chief of Domestic Sales, NEI said, “NBC Bearings remains committed to delivering high-quality, genuine bearings to its customers across multiple sectors. The company encourages customers to be vigilant and purchase bearings only from authorized stockists/retailers to guarantee the authenticity, safety, and performance of the products. Users can also check genuine bearings using the NBC Connect App. This successful operation aimed at conveying a clear message to counterfeit manufacturers that the industry is committed to eradicating such malpractices.”

NBC Bearings remains at the forefront of innovation and quality assurance, setting a benchmark for the industry. The company will continue to invest in initiatives that safeguard the integrity of its products and contribute to the overall well-being of the industries it serves. NBC Bearings brand has therefore created a unique feature in its app where anyone in possession of its bearing can verify the authenticity of the bearing within seconds.  

About National Engineering Industries Ltd (NBC Bearings)

Founded in 1946, National Engineering Industries Ltd (NEI), is a part of the CK Birla group and manufacturer of the NBC brand of bearings. CK Birla Group is today a 2.9bn USD diversified conglomerate with over 30,000 employees and 50 manufacturing facilities across India and overseas. Enabling sustainability by making movement more efficient, NEI is India’s leading manufacturer and exporter of bearings with manufacturing capacity of 250 Mn bearings annually in over 3100+ variants for application across automotive, railways, aerospace and industrial segments to serve customers in more than 30 countries. It also serves the Indian aftermarket through a countrywide network of over 550 authorized stockists and thousands of retailers. 

Headquartered in Jaipur, NEI is the only bearing manufacturer in the world to win the prestigious Deming Grand Prize (2015). With an employee strength of over 2,800 and five manufacturing plants in Jaipur (2), Newai (Rajasthan), Manesar (Haryana) and Vadodara (Gujarat), NEI is equipped with global manufacturing and process technology and has one of the best R&D centers in India. Apart from being technologically advanced, the company practices methods of sustainability by using alternate sources of energy and increasing the efficiency of the manufacturing process by leveraging on the power of digitization. NBC Bearings is committed to be carbon neutral by 2039. 

In 2020, National Engineering Industries Ltd, acquired Kinex bearings in Europe through it’s subsidiary NBC Global Ag, to enhance, diversify and provide best-in-class products to its existing and potential customers. In 2022, NBC Global Ag opened it’s Global Technology Centre in Germany to support innovation and provide support to NEI’s global growth. For details, visit: https://nbcbearings.com/