Proper Lubrication of
Ceramic bearings have different lubrication
requirements than steel bearings. Improperly
lubricated, ceramic bearings lose their advantage
which is enough of a reason right there to know how
to lubricate them properly.
The first rule of proper lubrication is to follow
the manufacturer’s instructions. No one knows the
technical requirements of a particular bearing
better than the manufacturer.
Here are some general guidelines that most
require less lubricant than their steel
counterparts. Over-lubricating ceramic bearings
increases their rolling resistance. The very
reason ceramic bearings are used is ultimately
to decrease rolling resistance and friction.
The viscosity of excess lubricant negates their
advantage. Usually, only a thin coat of
lubricant is required for optimal lubrication of
Use a ceramic
bearing specific lubricant whenever possible.
While any lubricant is better than no lubricant,
a ceramic specific lubricant will provide the
most efficient results.
bearings require less lubricant, do keep in mind
that they still do require some lubrication.
Operation without lubrication is likely to
result in damage to the bearing and possibly to
the equipment they are installed in.
generally benefit from more frequent cleaning
and maintenance, especially if the bearings are
exposed to abrasive matter in the form of fine
particles, such as dirt or dust. Many
manufacturers have maintenance schedules and
re-lubricating, remove all traces of any
previous lubricants with a solvent such as paint
thinner, then dry solvent out thoroughly.
Mixing lubricants that could be of different
types could result in ineffective lubrication
which could result in bearing damage.
Bearings seals are
best maintained on a regular basis and replaced
upon the first signs of seal degradation.
with lubricants and solvents, be sure to
familiarize yourself with their safe use and
Establish a maintenance schedule that is flexible
enough to allow for environmental conditions.
Regular maintenance and proper lubrication will keep your ceramic bearings
performing at optimum levels.