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Kaydon research, development, and testing

Bearing life 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 manufacturing process won't negatively impact the bearing's characteristics. Kaydon bearing life ratings are not just theoretical computations, like those cited by other manufacturers; they have been proven in exhaustive testing.

Weibull plots are used to compute L10 life and to estimate life for bearings that don't make it to failure.

Download this related white paper based on five years of actual test results:
Kaydon new capacity calculations for thin section bearings
(Adobe PDF)

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R & D

Bearing life testing
Application testing
Environmental test chamber
Torque and vibration testing

Measurement, inspection,
and analysis

Coordinate measurement machine (CMM)
Scanning electron microscope (SEM)
HDR digital microscope
Rockwell hardness tester