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Glossary of bearing terms

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Cage
The bearing cage is a device used to seperate the rolling elements of a bearing (also known as a retainer).
Case Depth
The depth given which meets the hardness requirements layed down by the bearing manufacturer.
Case Hardening
The act of hardening a bearing component all the way through - also known as through hardening.
Ceramic Bearings
A material being used increasingly for its high temperature and low density properties for rolling element production.
Chrome Plating
A plating process applied to provide a hard wear resistant surface to possible abrasives.
Cone Bearing
The phrase given to describe the inner portion of a taper roller bearing.
Conrad Bearing
An older phrase describing a standard deep groove ball bearing.
Corrected Life
A set of factors applied to the standard bearing life equation which adjusts it for factors such as fitting, environment, temperature etc.
Cup Bearing
The phrase given to describe the outer portion of a taper roller bearing.

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