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Quality Control Laboratory

We have the latest measurement and quality-assurance systems utilizing high- quality and precise measuring equipment with which we conduct all necessary tests to guarantee high quality of entire production

CRAFT Bearings Quality Control Laboratory

All CRAFT Bearings production is guaranteed because it is tested twice to meet high standards: first in the factory and second time in the CRAFT Bearings Quality Control Laboratory in Kaunas, Lithuania.The CRAFT Bearings Quality Control Laboratory was established in 2012 with the help of University of Technology. We conduct all necessary tests with the latest measurement and quality-assurance systems utilizing high-quality and precise measuring equipment:

  • Bearing Life (Longevity)
  • Bearing Waviness
  • Noise and Vibration
  • Radial and Axial clearance
  • Hardness
  • Geometry
  • Metal structure
  • Roundness
  • Roughness
  • Grease leakage
  • Dimension measurement
  • Spectroscopic analysis

Roughness, Roundness and Form analysis

Characterization of surface topography is important in applications involving friction, lubrication and wear. Generally it has been found that friction increases with average roughness. An accurate knowledge of the expected bearing life is essential to the proper selection of ball bearings. Bearings principally fail due to fatigue if they are properly lubricated, mounted and sealed against dirt entry. Fatigue strongly correlates with the surface roughness. One of the most important fundamental forms for engineering components is the circular cross-section. Circular forms arise in many applications, particularly in bearing surfaces. Roughness, roundness and bearing forms’ testers are critically important elements in the development of precision-tolerance capabilities. For such measurements, we use the German-made OPTACOM surface measuring machine VC-10-EL.

Noise and vibration testing for bearings

A noisy application might be caused by wavy bearing components, local defects in the rings and balls or by dirt particles in the bearing. While basic requirements for a bearing such as stiffness, load capacity, speed limit and service life play a critical role in applications, low noise and vibration are even more important. All of these quality issues for bearings can be tested with the following bearing vibration equipment: SN-X, S9912-X. High-tech analyses and measurements such as frequency analysis and further advanced analyses pinpoint faults. Spectral masks help to optimize the bearing performance in the particular customer application. With some experience, the measurement results of these machines can also be used by experts to detect imperfect manufacturing steps. The introduction of a worldwide calibration system enables vibration equipment to operate according to international standards.

Hardness Testing for bearings

Hardness is the property of a material that enables it to resist plastic deformation, usually by penetration. Hardness is not an intrinsic material property dictated by precise definitions in terms of fundamental units of mass, length and time. A hardness property value is the result of a defined measurement procedure. The hardness test of bearing surfaces is conducted with the SHR-3000 tester using the Rockwell hardness test method. The Rockwell hardness test method consists of indenting the test material with a diamond cone or a hardened steel ball indenter. The indenter is forced into the test material under a preliminary minor load of usually 150 kg. When equilibrium has been reached, an indicating device which follows the movements of the indenter and responds to changes in depth of penetration of the indenter is set to a datum position.

Axial & Radial Internal Clearance testing for bearings

A bearing’s internal clearance is defined as the total distance in which one bearing ring can be moved in relation to the other in the radial direction (radial internal clearance) or in the axial direction (axial internal clearance). Too little or too much internal clearance will significantly influence factors such as heat, vibration, noise and fatigue life. In extreme applications that produce high or low temperatures, this clearance needs to be considered in the overall design to compensate for thermal expansion and contraction of housings and shafts. Bearings having an internal clearance other than Normal are identified by the suffixes C1 to C5.

Materials testing for bearings rings and rolling elements

There are essentially two choices for the material used in ball bearings - chrome steel or stainless steel. Since the material plays a major part in the performance of a bearing in any given application, it is very important to use the correct material. Note that the specified material applies to the load-bearing components only - the rings and the balls. The retainer and the shields, if used, are usually made from a different material and are subject to separate specifications. Chrome steel is the standard material used for ball bearing applications where load capacity is the main consideration. The machinability of this steel is excellent, giving smooth, low-noise raceway finishes together with superior life. A chrome steel material is recommended in applications where corrosion is not a factor. Stainless steel is the standard material for miniature and instrument ball bearings where corrosion resistance is more important than load capacity. These materials have evolved in response to different manufacturing and application needs. It is important to note that the actual material used is generally determined by the manufacturer and cannot be specified by the user. The bearing’s metal structure is easily determined using the analytical instrument SPECTROMAXx made in Germany. This instrument is able to monitor the carbon signal during the pre-spark phase and to recognize the existence and proportion of free graphite in the sample.

Dimension measuring for bearings parts

The Universal Length Measurer (ULM) is a kind of length measuring instrument that integrates fine mechanics, an optical system and electrical parts into an organic whole. This instrument is used for direct measurement and comparative measurement for dimensions of parts and components. It also offers additional equipment for carrying out various special measurements.Bearing “tolerances”, or dimensional accuracy and running accuracy, are regulated by ISO standards. For dimensional accuracy, these standards prescribe the tolerances necessary when installing bearings on shafts or in housings. Running accuracy is defined as the allowable limits for bearing runout during operation. Dimensional accuracy constitutes the acceptable values for bore diameter, outer diameter, assembled bearing width and bore diameter uniformity in chamfer dimensions, allowable inner ring tapered bore deviation and shape error. Average bore diameter variation, outer diameter variation, average outer diameter unevenness as well as raceway width and height variation (for thrust bearings) are also included. Running accuracy constitutes the acceptable values for inner and outer ring radial runout and axial runout, inner ring side runout and outer ring outer diameter runout. All these dimensions of the bearing parts are measured with high-quality equipment.

Bearings life and grease leakage testing

Bearings are run to failure, using accelerated speeds and loads and continuous vibration monitoring. Bearing life testing confirms that any changes to components, materials or the manufacturing process will not negatively impact the bearing's characteristics.Proper lubrication is a crucial factor in maximizing bearing service life. Contamination can have a great impact on the grease service life and the bearing service life itself. Using high-quality measuring and test equipment, CRAFT Bearings conducts grease-leaking and bearing-life research.

Rolanas Cachavicius
MSc Chief Engineer

Rolanas is an expert in bearings with MSc in mechanical engineering field and more than 15 years of experience. His deep knowledge ensures our successful development.

Jonas Vegys
Quality Engineer

Jonas is a young specialist with Bachelor degree in mechanical & thermal engineering field and his experience in mechanics, electronics and automatics empowers him to easily master Laboratory equipment and to conduct reliably all possible tests in our Lab.