FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 25, 2014 – Olean, New York, USA – The ISO9001:2008 and AS9100C certified Napoleon Engineering Services (NES) (www.nesbearings.com) today announced that it will be showcasing its custom bearing manufacturing, bearing testing, bearing inspection and bearing test rig manufacturing capabilities at the forthcoming International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS 2014), September 8-13 in Chicago, Illinois.
Held once every two years at McCormick Place, IMTS is one of the world’s largest industrial tradeshows, covering bearings, motors, drives, machine tools, controls, computers, software, components, systems and processes. Historically, the show has attracted 1,900 unique exhibitors and 100,000 visitors from around the world. NES representatives at Booth E-5803 will be available throughout IMTS 2014 to discuss the company’s newest bearing product and service offerings, including:
Custom Bearing Manufacturing
NES designs and manufactures high-precision custom ball and roller bearings using superelastic Ni-Ti alloys; wear-resistant, high-life materials and coatings; and advanced design technologies, in both small and large quantities, with competitive lead times. Key specialty areas of NES custom bearing manufacturing include:
NES custom ceramic hybrid bearings incorporate a silicon nitride material for reduced weight. This reduces the applied loads caused by centrifugal forces, with greater stiffness and lower frictional characteristics. The material also reduces heat generation and decreases operating temperatures. Silicon nitride bearings have excellent corrosion resistance for extended life. They also offer a lower thermal expansion coefficient, as compared to steel, for reduced thermal gradient effects across the bearing. For reliable operation within highly acidic environments, these corrosion-resistant bearings can run effectively in marginally lubricated applications at both high and low speeds, making them suitable for demanding manufacturing and vacuum system environments, as well as for use within corrosive saltwater and wash-down applications.
NES also offers custom OEM bearing modifications to help meet specific application requirements. Bearing modification can be a time and cost savings alternative for many OEM’s. Some of the more popular modifications supported by NES include re-greasing, preload and endplay grinding, radial clearance changes, tapered roller bearing spacers, anti-rotation slots, oil holes and grooves, and tapered bore grinding.
Bearing Test Rig Manufacturing
NES custom bearing test rigs support OEM aerospace, automotive, off-highway and industrial automation R&D requirements. The in-house capability for an OEM to perform its own rigorous bearing testing, via the use of its own rig, can reduce time-to-market and lead to new advancements in the OEM’s own mechanical bearing components and finished product technologies. NES can design and manufacture custom rigs for the testing of any sized ball or roller bearing, including four-ball and NASA five-ball rolling element testing. NES’s own in-house testing programs focus on three main aspects of testing; life (dynamic), environmental, and impact/static testing. This expertise is carried over into the design and development of the customer’s own robust bearing test rigs.
Customers can choose from a variety of test platforms and control options, in support of classical, sudden death, or maximum likelihood bearing test methodologies. NES engineers are available to evaluate customer intentions for bearing testing and to develop a 3D model and control option proposal for customer review of a prototype.
Bearing test rigs can be constructed to test for any number of parameters, including bearing or lubrication efficiency, rolling contact fatigue, environmental conditions, application reliability, or supplier comparison. They can also be designed with manual controls for constant operating parameters or with full automation for step-stress duty-cycle testing. Common monitoring and control features include bearing vibration, temperature, torque, rotational speed, applied load (axial, radial or moment), lubricant flow rate, oil inlet temperature, and thermal operating conditions. Test platforms can be designed with as many as eight test locations to maximize sampling rates and statistical accuracy, while still minimizing test time and overall budget.
Bearing Inspection and Bearing Testing Services
In addition to the aforementioned capabilities, the Olean, New York-based NES is also home to North America’s largest independent bearing inspection and bearing testing facility. This includes over 40 bearing test rigs. In-laboratory capabilities include bearing failure analysis and metallurgical testing; bearing stress analysis, including source qualification inspection (SQI); environmental testing; RCF and dynamic life cycle testing; impact and static load testing; first article inspection, per AS9102; and the reverse engineering of aircraft bearings for PMA-FAA Certification requirements.
For more information about Napoleon Engineering Services and its bearing technology offerings, please contact the company toll-free at +1.877.870.3200, via email at email@example.com, or visit www.nesbearings.com.