Radial and thrust forces in bearings

Bearings 17-09-2018

Where accuracy is required, it is important for engineers to consider the forces acting on a bearing. Here, SMB Bearings explains.

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Food-safe lubricants: Avoiding recalls

Bearings 03-09-2018

During 2018, some of Britain’s biggest supermarkets were removed dozens of frozen items from their shelves due to a deadly outbreak of listeria, costing the market thousands in recalls. But it’s not just bacteria that poses a risk.

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Bearing Brexit in mind

Business 03-08-2018

Amid Brexit negotiations, SMB Bearings welcomed Member of Parliament (MP) for Witney, Robert Courts, to its Oxfordshire warehouse on Thursday 26, July.

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Designing for cleanrooms

Technology 15-06-2018

There's a lot to consider when designing a robot for a cleanroom application. You're bringing together two genres of priorities, that of the robot; to be precise, smooth and long-lasting, and that of the environment; to prevent contamination in accordance with industry standards.

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Grasping the next generation of robotics

Technology 15-06-2018

The Amazon Picking Challenge, set by global online retailer Amazon, challenged roboticists to create a robot that can pick and stow twelve products from a shelf, into a bag. The Shadow Robot Company, designer and manufacturer of state-of-the-art anthropomorphic robot hands, addressed the challenge with the help of precision bearing specialist, SMB Bearings.

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Making bearings a breeze for wind sculpture artist

Bearings 23-05-2018

Although its history is deep, kinetic art did not establish itself as a major artistic movement until the last century. The term describes any creative medium that depends on motion for its effect — think weathervanes, wind sculptures and mobiles.

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Bearings for robotics

Bearings 16-05-2018

To advise manufacturers on best practice methods for selecting components for robots, we've published a whitepaper on Bearings for Robotics. The whitepaper is available to download here.

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The SMB challenge

Business 24-04-2018

We have just announced our latest competition, calling for skateboarders to submit their trick videos on the SMB Facebook page. The winner will receive a one of a kind, hand painted, skateboard deck.

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Sapporo Precision visits SMB Bearings

Business 11-09-2017

Japanese bearing manufacturer, Sapporo Precision, visited its official UK distributor of EZO bearings, SMB Bearings, to celebrate a 30 year partnership.

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The future of robotic exoskeletons

Bearings 23-08-2017

Technology portrayed in Iron Man, the Edge of Tomorrow, and Avatar all show humans with superhuman abilities because of robotic add-ons. Here, we explain the importance of choosing specialised bearings and lubrication in robotic exoskeletons as the development into this technology advances in real life.

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Bearings for those who aren't bulking up

Bearings 07-08-2017

If you are looking to buy or relubricate a small number of bearings, then you will no longer need to spend money on bearings you will never use. SMB Bearings, is now offering a small batch relubrication service.

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Choosing the right balls for your bearings

Bearings 24-07-2017

Some pro-cyclists have turned to precision hybrid ceramic bearings for their low rolling resistance to give them a race day advantage over those who opt for all-steel bearings. Here, we explain this choice and explores the differences between full ceramic and hybrid bearings.

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