Bearings & Bearing Components

Latest News and Case Studies

National Bearings, a leading manufacturer of custom bearings and subassemblies, strives to help manufacturers improve product quality, reduce costs, and avoid unnecessary production issues. Learn more about our unique approach and proven solutions. Read our case studies, feature articles and white papers. For questions or a free design analysis, click here.

White Papers

National Bearings White Paper   How to Prevent Unneccessary Costs, Avoid Production Issues and Improve Product Quality with a Custom Bearing

Are you using a standard bearing in your product?Before you proceed with design or production, think again about the bearing specification. At National Bearings Company, we help manufacturers reduce total product costs, speed time to market and improve product performance. Ninety percent of the time we do this by helping manufacturers realize the benefits of replacing a so-called cheaper standard bearing with a right-sized custom bearing. Read more...

National Bearings White Paper   Bearings Tips - 5 Ways a Custom Bearing Gives you More Freedom for Design Innovation

Bearings are a critical component to product success. A custom bearing can contribute to a product design that is smaller, more compact, feature-rich and visually appealing. Find out what a custom bearing can do for you. Read more...

Case Studies

Medical Device Assembly Case Study   Power Tool Case Study
A leading power tool manufacturer inadvertently over-specified the load requirements for a needle thrust bearing in a drill. Production costs were unnecessarily high due to the use of a standard bearing. National Bearings collaborated with the drill designer to design a custom bearing that reduced the number of needles needed and lowered tooling costs. Read more...

Medical Device Assembly Case Study   Medical Device Assembly Case Study
A leading, US-based medical device manufacturer was experiencing significant product failure. The surgical device, which included
a plastic gear was melting during surgery requiring the surgeon to use two devices during each procedure. Not only was this
diminishing the end users’ desire to use the product, it was increasing hospital costs. Read more...


In the News

National Bearings Co. News   Custom Bearings: 4 Advantages for Your Design
Medical Design Technology magazine, May 2015
By Mark Bos, Vice President, National Bearings
When cost containment, regulatory compliance, and the ability to respond quickly to new opportunities are of critical importance, it’s easy to select a standard bearing from a catalog and move to the next step in production. But what does that simple decision really cost? Read more...

National Bearings Co. News   Choosing the Right Grade: Specifying Stainless Bearing Steel
Ask the Expert Column featuring Mark Bos, Vice President Custom bearings are often made from stainless steel, especially in
applications where corrosion-resistance, non-magnetic properties or frequent sterilization are needed. Many grades of stainless steel are available, and it is important to select the grade that best meets the requirements of the application. Read more...

National Bearings in the News   Medical Device Assembly Case Study: Solving Complex Production Issues with a Subassembly Design
A leading, U.S.-based medical device manufacturer was experiencing significant product failure. The surgical device, which included a plastic gear, was melting during surgery requiring the surgeon to use two devices during each procedure. Read more...


National Bearings in the News   Streamline Production & Reduce Costs with a Custom Subassembly Solution from National Bearing
The numbers speak for themselves. Review diagram 1 or diagram 2 for a breakdown of how much a bearing subassembly solution can help you simplify and save. Or submit your design for a FREE personalized analysis. The difference might surprise you.


Press Releases

National Bearings Press Release   Improve Cost Containment, Product Performance with a Custom Bearing: National Bearings Helps Medical OEMs Avoid Costly Mistakes with Pre-production Tip Sheet, Web Page & Case Study.

Medical device designers have a new place to turn for help in specifying the right bearing for their products. The Medical Device Design page on the National Bearings website offers new resources for medical OEMs, including a Bearing Selection Tip Sheet which identifies considerations that many medical device designers inadvertently overlook when specifying a bearing. Read more...

Avoid Mistakes with National Bearing Company   Avoid Production Issues, Improve Quality with a Custom Bearing: National Bearings Company Helps OEMs Avoid Costly Mistakes with Pre-production Tip Sheet.

Product designers or engineers who specify bearings in their products have a new resource to help avoid costly mistakes thanks to National Bearings Company. The Bearing Selection Tip Sheet identifies considerations that many product designers inadvertently overlook when specifying a bearing early in the design process. Read more...