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Reducing costs with plain bearings, Part 6: Optimising maintenance intervals

Lars Butenschön | 2. December 2022

Costs can also be reduced indirectly. Maintenance intervals can be extended with suitable plain bearings. Such bearings require less frequent replacement or re-lubrication. Extending the interval not only reduces costs for maintenance work personnel, but also increases the productive time of the devices and machines. Shorter maintenance intervals than necessary are often chosen in order […]


Reducing costs with plain bearings, Part 2: Comparing performance data

Lars Butenschön | 4. November 2022

The second part of our series of articles on “Cutting costs with plain bearings” will focus on another important part of plain bearing procurement that can significantly contribute to reducing bearing point costs: the right choice of plain bearing. On the one hand, this issue is somewhat related to procurement optimisation. The aim should always […]


Reducing costs with plain bearings, Part 1: Procurement

Lars Butenschön | 28. October 2022

It is an absolutely routine process, but one that is often neglected for “unimportant” components: Optimising procurement and unit costs for sliding bushes. These components are often purchased from intermediaries, who add a certain margin. Requirements are generally linear and therefore relatively easy to plan. Part value is usually so low that the procurement costs […]


Locating spigot for bushings? This is how it works:

Lars Butenschön | 9. September 2022

There are many reasons for fixing bushings in the axial direction. If excessive forces act in the axial direction or external influences have a negative effect on the press-fit of the bearings, bushings are at risk of being pushed out of the bearing point. As a result, the shaft rotates in the housing hole “without […]


Flanged bearing – what you need to think about

Lars Butenschön | 6. May 2022

In order to fix plain bearings in the receiving bore so that they are form-fitting, a collar or flange is attached on one side or, in some designs, both sides. If you use flanged bushings in your application, some design considerations will help avoid bearing damage. The housing hole The housing hole should be perpendicular […]