The Service Life of a Bearing & Factors That Contribute to It

In industrial production, one of the main questions that companies ask for knowing the shelf-life of their products is – what is the service life of a bearing? The answer lies in the factors that contribute to bearing longevity.

The definition of service life is the life of a bearing under actual operating conditions before it fails or needs to be replaced. That means that the quality of the bearing is of utmost importance. Therefore manufacturers that opt for products from Gulf Worldwide Bearings are always looking to enhance their processes.

Factors that contribute to a Bearing’s Service Life:


Lubrication levels are of utmost importance to the friction of the bearing. If the level is not of the highest standard, heat builds and therefore overheating of the bearing may occur. The important point to note is environmental factors should also be kept in control because they can have a negative effect on lubrication leading to a shorter life of the bearing.

Bearing Load

As an industrial products customer, you would have an idea of the load potential of an application. Therefore, when products such as construction equipment are built, it’s a good idea to keep room for additional bearing weight. This will ensure that bearing lifetime will stay for longer since it can take the pressure of the appliance or product.

Operating Temperatures

Temperature can impact how the bearing fits on to the product and the amount of thermal expansion that occurs. This is, therefore, an important factor that can contribute to the total service life of the bearing.

Bearing Speeds

GWB prides itself in sourcing bearings that match their product requirement. For rotary applications, if bearings are not matched to speed-for-minute measurements or SPM, then the application will wear out quicker. This will impact negatively on the service life of the bearing. 

Being the leader in industrial and automotive bearings, Gulf Worldwide Bearings or GWB has always brought out products that cater to each of the requirements of its customers. Plus, it has ensured that strict quality control is maintained so that the wide variety of bearings that it sources are free from defects.

1)   Every product is checked at the source before bringing it in.

2)   Quality parameters are kept in check with ISO standards maintained.

3)   Inspection reports are drawn up.

4)   If a faulty product is discovered, GWB will not import from that factory.

By maintaining the quality of the bearing, GWB looks to enhance the service life of the products it sources. Therefore clients and customers can be assured of getting the right product that will endure during their industrial processes.