The existing material value in a worn or lightly damaged bearing can be salvaged by a comprehensive reconditioning process. Cost savings of 20% to 80% of a replacement bearing are typically provided.
The first step in this process is a thorough cleaning and inspection to determine its condition.
Raceways are polished or re-ground as required, new components such as rollers manufactured, and cage pockets enlarged.
Specifically, all worn or damaged surfaces have been reground or replaced and the bearing completely restored.
Final inspection completes the process as all components are 100% inspected to ensure every reconditioned bearing meets our highest quality standards to give the user many more hours of service life.
Our Steps for Bearing Repair
- Disassemble and inspect
- Qualify existing components
- Engineer the rework or design replacement components
- Heat treatment
- Rework or manufacture new cages
- Inspect reworked parts
- Clean and preserve
A warranty is provided on all our reconditioned bearings regardless of the original manufacturer.
Types of Bearings Repaired:
- Tapered roller bearings
- Spherical roller bearings
- Cylindrical roller bearings
- Ball bearings
- All types of standard and custom design
- Radial, thrust and specialty
American Roller Bearing Company provides repair and reconditioning services that can extend usable bearing life for increased value and performance. We service all types of bearings from any manufacturer. Fully reconditioned bearings receive the same warranty as new bearings. Services range in cost of 20% - 80% the cost of new providing significant savings opportunities in replacement costs, faster turnaround and providing the ability to re-use a special rather than replacing it.
American can modify your existing bearings adjusting clearances, modifying spacers, adding counter-bores, etc. We provide complete regrinding and matching for cluster mill and support roll application. We provide all standard levels of reconditioning cleaning, polishing, re-grinding raceways, manufacturing new rolling elements, modifying or replacing cages and re-setting internal clearance and repackaging. We are ready to set up a customized program to meet your specific requirements.
American’s reliability and expertise as a bearing manufacture assures the success of your program. Your bearings will be handled and processed in the same plant by the same operators, on the same machines, to the same tolerances, procedures and standards as new bearings. Our process and procedures are ISO certified, our materials are specified to ASTM specifications and our tolerances are to ABMA, ANSI and ISO industry standards. The result is remanufactured bearings that are truly as good as new. Just like our newly manufactured product, refurbished bearings are produced using the same equipment, same operators, same specifications, same tolerances, same processes, same procedures, and to the same warranty. Like new from a company that knows new!
Beyond the product, process and warranty American Roller Bearing Company supports both new and reconditioned bearings with our Regional Sales Managers to address your needs and customize a program to fit your requirements. We also provide Industry Service Specialists to issue in-plant field services to assist you in evaluating and applying your bearings to get the most value from your investment. These services are available to you through our network of authorized distributors that are already an intricate part of your supply chain.
Repair or Replace Bearing?
How do you know whether to replace a bearing or repair it? Ask your distributor to call in the American Roller Bearing experts.
In partnership with our network of distributors, we can work with your maintenance team to determine whether the bearing can be remanufactured for longer wear or whether a new bearing is needed. Depending on the situation you can ship the bearing to our manufacturing and repair facility for a no-charge evaluation or our Industry Specialists can inspect them on site. We can coordinate routine visits from our Industry Specialists to evaluate bearings during regularly scheduled inspections or you can contact us on an as-needed basis
Our Industry Specialists are also available to provide training for your maintenance team on a variety of topics to help improve shop safety and extend the performance and service life of your bearings. Topics include; storage and handling, installation and maintenance, extending life though field repairs, recognizing and understanding failure modes and more.
Criteria for reconditioning consideration
- A roller bearing that has not failed during use
- Replacement cost of $1,000 or more
- Over six-inch bore size*: Inch 6” I.D. to 84.000” O.D.; Metric - 150 mm I.D. to 2134 mm O.D. (* smaller bearings can be reconditioned when grouped in more economical quantities)
- Able to be remanufactured to meet performance standards
Comprehensive Bearing Repair Services
|Bearing Repair & Reconditioning Services||Class I||Class II||Class III|
|Clean, disassemble and inspect all components at no charge.||✓||✓||✓|
|Provide a report including visual observations and dimensional data and an estimate for repair.||✓||✓||✓|
|Polish all components.||✓|
|Polish non-ground surfaces, regrind raceways, and manufacture new rollers.||✓||✓|
|Clean, modify or replace cages.||✓||✓|
|Inspect for quality during remanufacturing.||✓||✓|
|Manufacture replacement components and new rolling elements, reset clearances, reassemble, and repackage.||✓|
|Conduct final quality inspection.||✓||✓||✓|
|Mark bearing with repair information, repackage and label as repair.||✓||✓||✓|
|Return ship at no charge.||✓||✓||✓|
American Roller Bearing can modify existing bearings to meet changing needs, such as adjusting clearances, modifying spacers, adding counter-bores, and more. We also develop customized repair programs for roll shops, cluster mills and support rolls to meet their unique specifications and needs, including regrinding and matching services.