Since rolling bearings are high precision machine parts, they must be handled accordingly. Even if high quality bearings are used, their expected performance cannot be achieved if they are not handled properly.
Be sure to take the following precautions:
1. Keep Bearings and Surrounding Area Clean
Dust, dirt, and debris, even if invisible to the naked eye, have harmful effects on bearings. Prevent the entry of dust and dirt by keeping the bearings and their environment as clean as possible.
2. Handle Carefully
Heavy shocks during handling may cause bearings to be scratched, dented, or otherwise damaged, possibly resulting in their failure. Excessively strong impacts may cause chips or cracks.
3. Use Proper Tools
Always use proper and well-maintained equipment when handling bearings and avoid general purpose tools.
4. Prevent Corrosion
Since perspiration on the hands and various other contaminants may cause corrosion, keep the hands clean when handling bearings and wear gloves if possible. Monitor for rust caused by corrosive gasses or moisture.