BSA Publishes Industry Brief on Cement

Glen Ellyn, IL-The Educational Services Committee of the Bearing Specialists Association (BSA) has released the second in a new series of industry-specific educational publications, referred to as Industry Briefs, and intended to enhance the association's existing Bearing Briefs by identifying bearing selection specifics used by individual industries. The BSA Industry Brief: Cement Process details the use of bearings in cement processing and is available for downloading as a PDF from the BSA website,, under Tools You Can Use.

Specifically the Industry Brief maps the cement manufacturing process and identifies particular requirements for bearings. For example, in the clinker cooler, the Brief points out: "Pillow block and flange-mounted spherical and tapered roller bearings are typically found on screw conveyors, belt conveyors and bucket elevators. Large fans may utilize Babbitt lined, oil lubricated sleeve bearings. Smaller fans utilize pillow block spherical bearings." Additional processes included in this brief - such as crushing, homogenization, fuel handling, and more - are given comparable consideration.

The Educational Services Committee hopes to address bearing selection specifics in various additional industries in subsequent Industry Briefs.

The Key Initiative of BSA's Educational Services Committee is to "Provide Tools and Knowledge for Bearing Industry Personnel." In the past the committee has supported this initiative by developing, maintaining and updating as necessary the In-House Training Guide, which has become the industry standard for bearing training. More recently, the committee has also developed and published 23 single-topic Bearing Briefs, all available as downloadable PDFs from the BSA website, with plans for more to come. The BSA Industry Brief: Cement Process was approved at the association's 2010 Fall Meeting.

BSA is an international service and educational organization of distributors representing a total of almost 100 companies distributing factory-warranted ball-, roller-, and anti-friction bearings and invited manufacturers of bearings and related products. For more information on BSA contact the BSA office at (630) 858-3838; fax (630) 790-3095; email or visit the association website at

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