Bearing Quality Inspection

Bearing Quality InspectionThe ABMA (American Bearing Manufacturers Association) has specifications for Tolerance Definitions and Gaging Practices for Ball and Roller Bearings (ABMA-4-1994 (R1999)). It includes terms and definitions of tolerances for the boundary dimensions, running accuracy and internal clearance of ball and roller bearings listed in other ABMA and ISO standards. The standard also includes descriptions of the measuring methods commonly used within bearing industry. However, unless this standard is applied by trained professionals with proper equipment, it is meaningless.

We have the equipment and experience to provide expert bearing quality inspection and product verification services on the bearings we provide and on third party bearings. Through the use of video microscope, dimensional including roundness, radius, & roughness (Ra), hardness, torque, and digital noise/vibration, we have the means to verify bearings boundary and internal dimensional characteristics.

As NPB® Bearings is ISO 9000:2008 certified, we maintain a Tool and Gauge Calibration System. The tool and gauge calibration system conforms to ANSI/NCSL Z540-1.

To further ensure that product is exactly the bearing quality inspection level and specifications required, our Engineering Department works closely with its customers technical & engineering departments to provide assistance with bearing selection, proper lubricant, mounting, documentation including CAD files, and elimination of stack-up-tolerance issues.

The equipment and verification resources employed are:

  • Electronic Air Gauges with a resolution of ten millionths of an inch.
  • Vertical Comparators with digital amplifiers with a resolution of one millionth of an inch.
  • “GRW” Noise Tester
  • Taylor Hobson Form Talysurf 50 Profile Analyzer
  • Large bore noise and vibration analyzer
  • Electronic Balances
  • Digital and dial vernier calipers
  • Stereo Microscopes with digtial video output
  • Radial Play Gauges with a resolution of twenty millionths of an inch.
  • Mitutoyo No 192-140 12” Vertical Height Gage.
  • Starrett Grade A – Inspection Level Granite Surface Plate.
  • Inch & Metric, Grade 2, Gauge Block Sets.
  • One Model 4TTA Wilson Rockwell Hardness Tester
  • Miniature and Instrument Bearing Torque Tester
  • Plug Gauges
  • Dial Indicators
  • Digital Micrometers
  • Barden Smoothrator

Please contact us, if you have need third party Bearing Quality Inspection and Product Verification services. We will provide you “Value Beyond Bearing”.