Emerson Bearing, a Boston-based bearing company catering to original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) markets throughout the U.S., announced a new division to specifically cater to printing and paper converting customers.
Emerson Bearing’s customer care representatives in the new Printing & Paper Converting division are trained to accommodate the needs of clients in the press, prepress, offset and digital printing and paper conversion industries. The team assists clients in determining which bearing technologies would be most suitable by taking into consideration the specifications, recommendations, maintenance strategies, fatigue life and wear resistance of the bearing in relation to the application. The division is led by Rick Piracini, an industry solutions expert.
The process of converting paper into a usable form has very different bearing requirements. Slitters and rewinders require high-speed ball bearings and linear motion bearings that have high running accuracy.
Emerson Bearing provides solutions to clients such as the use of ‘free running’ insert bearings and pillow blocks. These have modified seals and slingers on both sides which allow for low start up torque and effective sealing even in high heat applications.
Printing on paper is the final phase. To achieve the required pin sharp print quality, Emerson Bearing provides precision and wear free bearing supports for the print rollers. This ensures that the impression cylinder is supported with as little clearance, and as much rigidity as possible and with very few runout errors. The NAO style needle bearing with offset cage packets has become the standard. Needle rollers, cam followers and yoke rollers are used extensively in the distributor roller drives, gripper shaft controls and throughout the presses.
As part of its customer care, Emerson also provides clients with Bearing Failure Analysis, which helps them determine the cause of bearing failure so that they may prevent future failure and predict reliability. Or, if clients desire to do so, they can utilize the Bearing Failure Analysis program within the Technical Toolbox on the Emerson Bearing Web site.