5 Ways to Increase the Life of Bearings

With the complex demands
in food processing and production, safety, and quality, performance of every component
within food equipment is critical.

The bearing type and
style for your Mepaco equipment has been determined by application and plant preference. 
Many food processing facilities utilize stainless bearings which provide corrosion
resistance in wet environments. Here are some tips to reduce wear issues and extend
stainless food-grade bearing

  1. Mount the bearing correctly after maintenance. Make sure shims are
    re-installed and that the shaft is correctly positioned, and that the shaft and bearing
    housing have the correct tolerance. A bearing sitting loose on a shaft will cause
  2. Grease bearings according to manufacturer recommendations. One
    grease schedule does not fit all bearings. For example, a low RPM bearing on a mixer will
    not require grease as often as a grinder gearbox bearing.
  3. Use the correct food-grade lubrication in the right quantity.
    Over-lubrication can blow out the grease seal, under lubricating can increase friction and
    cause failure.
  4. Check bearings regularly for excessive play and replace bad
    bearings before they cause damage to the equipment. Replacing a bearing is much less
    expensive than replacing a worn and grooved
  5. Seals provide extra protection for bearing lubrication while
    preventing contaminant entry.  Seals protect bearing lubrication by keeping moisture, dust,
    and dirt out of the bearing; make sure seals are inspected and maintained properly. End
    covers for housed units solve for issues for exposed shaft ends and workplace health and

Choose the bearing type
that will uphold to the food processing application. Standard steel ball bearings are
mounted in a painted cast iron housing. Mepaco’s coating on standard bearings is a sealant
with anti-corrosive benefits.

In aggressive and gritty food product applications, food processors often choose polymer
bearings. The polymer bearing has a moderate up-front investment – but the total cost of
ownership is lower because it requires less maintenance when used in aggressive