Thursday, February 16, 2017

PEER Bearing Unveils New FLEXWORKS Center


For many companies, it’s common to need a custom bearing solution unlike what’s already available on the market. And because an entirely new product is needed, a short production run is often requested to ensure the right selection was made for the application. Unfortunately, finding a provider that has the flexibility to run smaller, customized jobs can be difficult.
For this reason, PEER Bearing has launched our new FLEXWORKS Center so that customers can request modifications to products that are already in stock. This allows for unmatched speed and flexibility in production. Customers also benefit from our expert engineering team that can walk them through product selection and customization options that are available. And because we don’t require large minimum orders, customers can order the amount that they need without getting stuck with excess inventory taking up shop space.
As far as customization options, customers can choose to modify the addition or removal of grease, shields, seals, and machining snap ring grooves. We can also add lubrication holes, bolt holes and cap mounting, in addition to laser etching, boxing, and labeling bulk items for simplicity. The goal of the FLEXWORKS Center is to make bearing selection a more streamlined process no matter what our customers’ needs are. With these new capabilities, we feel that we are achieving that goal.

To learn more about the FLEXWORKS Center for bearing customization, feel free to call us at 1-800-433-7337, or check out our information page online.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Gearing Up for World Ag Expo 2017


From February 14-16, 2017, agricultural enthusiasts and suppliers from around the world will gather for the 50th installment of World Ag Expo. The annual event brings together thousands of farmers looking for the latest products, and manufacturers showing off their wares. This is PEER Bearing’s 4th year in attendance, and we look forward to bringing our products to a different market on the West Coast.

For attendees, the show is a great opportunity to learn from the more than 1,500 exhibitors who will be educating the audience about new farm equipment and technology. There will also be a number of educational seminars that appeal to all agribusiness professionals, including many that are devoted to women in agriculture, since this is a growing group in the industry. There will even be marketing seminars to help farmers understand the increasing significance of having an online presence. And because this is a milestone year for the show, there will be a 50th Anniversary Celebration Event with a free concert and fireworks to mark the occasion.

As for equipment, PEER Bearing will be showcasing our full range of AGXTREME products, which include TILLXTREME and SEEDXTREME. These products were designed to accommodate continuous operation and keep up with the toughest demands. They also aim to make things a bit easier on the end-user – as TILLXTREME eliminates the need for relubrication, which reduces downtime and keeps fields cleaner, too. Overall, our products were designed to provide better solutions for manufacturers, and for the end-users who will be buying the finished farm equipment. We’ll be demonstrating the product range at Booth 4500-4501 at World Ag, and look forward to answering any questions visitors may have. If you’d like to get in touch before, during, or after the show, feel free to reach out on Twitter!

Monday, December 19, 2016

The Actionable Winterization Checklist for Farmers


If you are a farm owner or maintain your own homestead, it is essential that you get to work “winterizing” your property and livestock if you haven’t already. Winter is here, and if you’re new to this industry, there are a number of steps you’ll need to complete to keep things running smoothly.

Here is an actionable checklist to follow.

Items to Prepare Your Garden:

ü  Pick up all equipment from the garden, including those needed for irrigation, clean them up and store them away. If you do not do this, odd parts may get stuck in the snow blower.

ü  Construct snow fences in the areas that you want to protect from the worst of the drifts.

ü  Go ahead and sow “cover crops” like oats to ensure that the soil is not exposed to the onslaught of ice.

ü  It is also a good idea to get your soil tested for necessary minerals and trace elements so that you can add the compounds needed to regain nutrient balance for the busy seasons ahead.


Items to Prepare Your Equipment:

ü  Have the shovels and salt ready.

ü  Winterize your tractors by checking the battery, the filters and the level of anti-freeze.

ü  Check and change tires as needed. You don’t want to stay stuck with a flat during precarious and unpredictable winters.


Items to Prepare Livestock:

ü  Clean drinking water for your livestock is essential. This is one of the first things to handle. Maintain a supply that will not require frequent replenishment.

ü  Ensure that your livestock is fully immunized.

ü  Buy enough bedding and feed taking into account adjusted rations for the winter months.

ü  Conduct repairs in the barns. Change the curtains; plug in any gaps from where the chill can creep in, clean fan blades and set-up adequate ventilation.

ü  Buy and stock calf coats and calf supplies, especially if you are expecting births in the cold.

Though it is late in the season to get started, it’s always a good idea to double check your own process and make sure you’re not forgetting any steps. Now’s the time to make any last adjustments before the big freeze sets in.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Why the Manufacturing Sector Needs More Than One Month of Recognition


This October brought the latest installment of Manufacturing Month, kicked off by a very successful Manufacturing Day  on October 7th. The aim of this month-long celebration is to drive awareness to the manufacturing sector by highlighting companies and jobs that many people might not even be aware of otherwise. It also initiates conversations about the challenges facing this sector, and what we can do to solve them.

As a manufacturer and global supplier of bearing products, we are very familiar with the challenges facing not only our own industry, but also those of our customers. The agricultural community in particular is facing an issue felt by manufacturers – an aging workforce and an uninterested generation of potential workers. Farming, like manufacturing, is seen as a dirty, dangerous job that’s reserved for people with little education or other options. What they don’t see, is how far both of these industries have come thanks to new technologies.

Newer, more adaptable robots are being introduced on the shop floor each day. But these robots need highly skilled programmers to guide them. With so many lower level jobs now being automated, the manufacturing sector needs skilled workers to keep the process moving, and to design the next generation of machinery. Similarly, agriculture is seeing a shift as more farms are taking advantage of technology to keep operations running smoothly and efficiently. Drones can track livestock and keep an eye on crops, while mobile apps can analyze data and track trends that can influence production. And, of course, there’s the introduction of a self-driving tractor to take some of the burden off farmers.

But how can we get more people interested in these fields? Promoting new innovations and research during Manufacturing Month in October is one way to get the word out. Hosting student groups and promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) initiatives is another great way to get kids excited about different career opportunities at a young age. Most importantly, we all need to make an effort to draw attention to our work all year round.

Monday, October 17, 2016

What to Expect at the GIE+EXPO 2016


On the heels of last year’s biggest show to date, GIE+EXPO 2016 is shaping up to be yet another major success. The latest installment of the Green Industry & Equipment Expo will feature a 19 acre Outdoor Demonstration Area, training sessions, informative speakers, and a New Products Showcase.

PEER Bearing Mower Deck Assembly
PEER Bearing will be exhibiting at the show in our usual spot, Booth #9006, where we’ll be launching a new product. Visitors will be among the first people in the world to get acquainted with our new Mower Deck Assembly that improves durability through advanced contamination exclusion technology. This technology allows for a longer bearing lifespan and minimal maintenance. Even in difficult, contaminated agricultural environments, the seal technology and progressive shaft and housing design provide an ideal barrier. The assembly features high-strength ductile iron, which is 60% stronger than aluminum, and increased bearing spread for better load distribution.

The GIE+EXPO will take place October 20-21st, 2016 at the Kentucky Expo Center, with Dealer Day taking place beforehand on October 19th. The event is co-located with Hardscape North America, allowing attendees to get an overall sense of the advancements and new ideas circulating the outdoor design world.

And if all of that wasn’t enough, guests will also be treated to 3 nights of free concerts to wind down after a long day of product demonstrations and educational sessions. And on the final day, “Fabulous Friday,” attendees can wrap up their activities and cross their fingers as the winner of a $10,000 giveaway is accepted – so don’t cut out early!
We look forward to seeing you at the show. If you have any questions about our exhibit or would like to reach out to us ahead of the show, feel free to reach out by calling 1-800-433-7337. You can also follow us on Twitter for updates from GIE+EXPO!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Do You Know Where PEER Bearings Are? Almost Everywhere!

If it spins it has a bearing. Think of all the things in your everyday life that spin: blenders, vacuum cleaners, fishing rods, washers and dryers, electric shavers, hair dryers, electric drills, fans, etc. This list goes on and on. And the list of applications for our ball bearings is just as long and goes on and on…

The reason we are in so many products is because our products make those products work better. Take, for example, an appliance like a washer or dryer. The spinning of the drum in each appliance is what drives the action, washing or drying respectively. The purpose of a bearing is simple—it reduces the friction generated during rotation, acts to support the radial and axial loads, and quiets noise and vibration.

In general, if there are moving parts there are ball bearings. Electrical applications require low noise and vibration. Bearings are the most popular choice to achieve quiet and stationary requirements. Home appliances, electric motors, and power tools all benefit from the inclusion of ball bearings to allow for higher speed operation with low drag and low vibration. The role of the bearing also extends the life of the appliance by reducing wear and stress on components.

Although we are mostly known for our work with the agricultural and lawn industry, it is our work with more commercial applications that brings us into people’s lives on a daily basis. Our brand is trusted by global industry leaders because we provide a full range of bearings that feature hardened bearing steel, optimized raceway geometry, precision accuracy, and proprietary high performance sealing options. What all this means is that PEER Bearings offer better operating efficiency, long equipment service life, and smooth and quiet operation.


We design and manufacture bearings to meet the needs of our customers to deliver exceptional performance for the end user. So, next time you do laundry, make a smoothie, turn on a fan, or use a power saw to cut wood, consider what it would be like without the superior products from PEER Bearing making those appliances operate most effectively.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

2016 Marks a Milestone for PEER Bearing—Our 75th Anniversary!

Celebrating 75 years in business is a major achievement. There aren’t many companies that can reach this mark and maintain their high quality and strong attention to customer service. Here at PEER we are proud to be a leader in ball and roller bearing solutions for the last 75 years and are prepared for another 75 at least!

Our company was founded in 1941 by Nathan Spungen in Chicago, IL. As the business grew and expanded, the company relocated to Wheeling, IL in 1978 and then to Waukegan, IL in 1999. Our first overseas manufacturing plant was opened in 1998 in China with another plant the following year to meet the global demands for our superior bearing products. In 2008 the PEER group of companies was acquired by SKF and as global expansion continued we needed offices and distribution centers around the world. With our main U.S. headquarters still in Illinois, we now have offices in China, Germany, Italy, and Mexico.

One aspect of our business that we are very proud of is our commitment to developing new products and improvements. As technologies and equipment evolve, we have been on the forefront of creating new solutions. The opening of our Research and Development Center in China in 2012 is dedicated to meeting the ongoing needs of manufacturers in innovative product design and engineering.

But, staying in business for 75 years isn’t just about the products, it’s also about the people. Without the dedication of our outstanding employees we wouldn’t have made it this far. Our employees are professionals in every way and represent the best of PEER Bearing. This is what we are most proud of.


As we spend the year celebrating, we will be honoring our past, celebrating our present, and shaping our future. We are looking forward to continuing to supply the highest quality ball and roller bearings to customers who expect the best. Our mission: to consistently meet or the exceed expectations of our customers, suppliers, and employees.