As a manufacturer of ceramic hybrid ball bearings, you might not think to call us about bearing refurbishment. And honestly, up until recently, this wasn’t a service we advertised to the general public, but was something we just did for existing customers that requested it. However, we had a recent experience with a customer that made us realize that bearing refurbishment is something we should offer to the general public.
Bearing Refurbishment for Expensive, Hard-to-Find Bearings
One of our newer customers who works in the electric motor overhaul industry called us to ask if we could refurbish a bearing he called a 6410. We agreed to clean it, inspect the raceways, and add new grease. When we received it at our bearing lab, we immediately realized why he wanted the bearing refurbished, as opposed to just purchasing a new one. It was a high-end proprietary bearing with an odd configuration, used in CNC machines with very high RPM motors. It obviously would have been very expensive to replace, and probably would have been difficult to obtain, even if the customer had wanted to pay for a new one.
We disassembled the bearing sent to us by the customer. We cleaned it up and inspected it carefully. The raceways were in good shape, so we micro-polished them to a mirror finish, and also polished all of the external surfaces to look better than new. We replaced all the balls with ceramic balls, and then reassembled the bearing, lubing it with high-end grease. The finished product is essentially a brand new bearing, and it cost our customer a small fraction of the cost of a new bearing (especially one with ceramic balls). The customer was ecstatic! He has since sent us a whole batch of bearings to refurbish and upgrade with ceramic balls.
The experience with this customer caused us to think that there are probably others in a similar situation—who have high end bearings that would be good candidates for refurbishment. So, we decided that bearing refurbishment was something we should offer to everyone—not just our current customers.
Bearing Refurbishment at a Competitive Price with Fast Turnaround Times
In the old days, it was common practice to simply replace bearings without question, because it wasn’t cost prohibitive to do so. However, with today’s high RPM bearings, replacing them can significantly increase the cost of a motor overhaul—not to mention the long lead times that typically come with ordering a specialty bearing. Bearing refurbishment is a great solution for mechanics looking to do a complete motor overhaul, without significantly increasing the costs or the timeline.
Not every bearing manufacturer is able to offer bearing refurbishment, especially bearing refurbishment with the option to upgrade with ceramic balls. However, at CBR, we have the tooling, knowledge, and ceramic ball inventory to be able to offer this service at a competitive price, and with a quick turnaround time.
If you have bearings in need of refurbishment, or if you have steel ball bearings that you would like to convert to more efficient and longer lasting ceramic hybrid ball bearings, give us a call or contact us through our website. We are always happy to answer any questions you have and help you out in any way we can! We look forward to hearing from you!