Tuesday, December 18, 2018

New Global Agricultural Bearing Solutions from PEER

PEER Bearing recently introduced two new bearing products designed specifically for the agricultural market in China. Both solutions are engineered to improve yield and efficiency in the field. These new products add to the agricultural bearing solutions currently offered by PEER, expanding to our existing line of square, round and hex bore, including:

  • AGXTREME bearings that are maintenance-free and designed for harsh applications such as seeding, tillage, and lawn care. 
  • TILLXTREME maintenance-free gang disc tillage bearings that are designed for rugged tillage environments. 
  • TURFXTREME bearings that present an ideal solution for lawn and garden equipment and applications. 
  • SEEDXTREME bearings with improved contamination exclusion extending bearing life. 

Brand New Bearing Solutions for the Chinese Agricultural Market

The new bearing solutions are ideal for use in balers, and feature similar functionality to our other agricultural bearings. The two new products include a plunger roller bearing and a pick up cam follower bearing and were designed to meet China’s particular agriculture needs.

PEER had two initial goals in creating the new products: to improve efficiency to support higher agricultural yields, as well as to reduce the time and costs related to bearing maintenance in agricultural equipment.

The benefits and functionality of our new bearing types include:

  • Strengthened seals to prevent external contamination 
  • Thickened outer rings to increase bearing performance and minimize damage/wear 
  • Specialized agricultural grease to ensure functionality regardless of temperature, season, or geographic location 
  • Minimal field maintenance requirements 
  • Longer service life, reducing demand for bearing replacement 
  • Integrated bearings for efficient machine assembly 

Global Bearing Solutions from PEER

PEER has manufacturing facilities in China, as well as offices in China, Brazil, Italy, Germany, Mexico, and the United States. The new bearings developed for the Chinese agricultural market reflect our company’s increasing global footprint and expanding customer base. We maintain a global warehouse network to ensure that all PEER products remain in stock and can be delivered on time anywhere in the world.

Committed to providing an unbeatable service worldwide, PEER celebrated a milestone in June 2018 after the China-based Zhejiang Xinchang manufacturing plant received the prestigious General Motors Company 2017 Supplier Quality Excellence Award

The Scope of PEER Bearing Capabilities

PEER Bearing provides bearing solutions tailored to each of our international clients, including within the Chinese agricultural industry. We offer a full line of radial, tapered roller, and mounted unit ball bearings. PEER also caters to the needs of a number of other global industries, including:

  • Electrical
  • Industrial transmission
  • Distribution
  • Fluid and fluid-related applications
  • Material handling
  • Off-highway

Our mission is to provide the very best products and services possible. PEER offers a comprehensive catalog of bearing solutions for a wide range of agricultural and industrial applications. Please contact us to see how our bearing solutions can help improve your operation.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

GIE+EXPO 2018: PEER Bearing’s Outdoor Solution Showcase

PEER Bearing will be exhibiting at this year’s Green Industry & Equipment Expo (GIE+EXPO) on October 17-19 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

Billed as “America’s largest show for the outdoor power equipment industry,” GIE+EXPO will showcase more than 850 exhibits, filling a 20-acre space that is expected to draw approximately 18,000 visitors.

We will be exhibiting at Booth #9004 all throughout the expo, highlighting and demonstrating our TURFXTREME bearings, AGXTREME Technology, and our newly introduced Mower Deck Spindle.

Don’t Miss Out!

GIE+EXPO is a prime opportunity to not only get acquainted with the newest in outdoor power equipment, but to connect with manufacturers and specialists from a variety of industries, including landscaping, power sports, lawn and garden, and much more.

The show program offers an abundance of educational opportunities: cutting-edge business tips, landscape and hardscape workshops, and The Professional Grounds Management Society’s annual School of Grounds Management Conference, which will feature a highly interactive agenda. In addition, the Outdoor Demo Area will feature exciting demonstrations and test drives designed to give attendees a real-world feel for the products and determine how well they would fit the attendee’s particular application.

As a special added bonus, attendees will be able to enjoy three nights of free concerts at Fourth Street Live in Downtown Louisville at the end of each dynamic day at the expo.

Our Outdoor Solutions Exhibit

Over the course of the expo, PEER Bearing will showcase its TURFXTREME bearing solution, which utilizes our AGXTREME technology. We will also be highlighting the Mower Deck Spindle, a major component in zero-turn mowers.

TURFXTREME offers the lawn and garden industry the single highest performance bearing seal that provides vital contamination exclusion. Additionally, the AGXTREME technology allows TURFXTREME solutions to seal out clippings, water, and maintain seal integrity under the harshest conditions.

Using AGXTREME technology, TURFXTREME bearings are able to keep contaminants out and lubrication in - increasing the lifespan of lawn and garden equipment, reducing customer maintenance, and greatly cutting the cost of machine ownership, among many other benefits.
Visitors to the PEER Bearing booth will get a closer look at our signature Mower Deck Spindle component, with seal options designed for enduring extreme environments, avoiding water intrusion, eradicating damage from wrapping debris, and offering easy mounting via its special extended inner rings.

Any attendee with an outdoor need will find something new and valuable for their application at our booth.

Continuing Our Tradition

2018 marks the 6th year of PEER Bearing’s GIE+EXPO attendance, and every year the PEER team looks forward to interacting and sharing our outdoor solutions with fellow industry professionals and customers alike.

For more information about PEER Bearing’s presence at the GIE+EXPO, or to contact PEER before the show, call 1-800-433-7337, or follow PEER on Twitter for the latest company news and updates about the GIE+EXPO!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Top Factors Driving Manufacturing Sector Growth

The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) produces a monthly Manufacturing Index that reviews growth or contraction within the manufacturing sector. The report is based on surveys of hundreds of manufacturing firms about recent employment and production trends, inventories, new orders, and supplier deliveries.

The Manufacturing Index is calculated on a scale of 0 to 100. A score of 50 or more points suggests that manufacturing is expanding, while a score below 50 points indicates contraction.

After declining to just 32.4 points in December 2009, the Manufacturing Index has risen significantly over the past decade, reflecting increased confidence throughout the manufacturing sector. In May, the index registered 60.2 points, an increase of 1.5 percentage points from the previous month and the twenty-second consecutive month of manufacturing expansion.

Such growth is likely to continue in the coming years. Indeed, 2017 marked the first year in which more manufacturing jobs were created in the US than offshored, a potent reminder that manufacturing has largely recovered from the dark days of the Great Recession.

Which Regions Are Seeing the Most Manufacturing Growth?

Forbes recently published its own regional analysis of manufacturing growth in the US since 2012 by examining data on 373 different metropolitan statistical areas. According to its data, the largest manufacturing regions in the country are largely located in the South:

1.    Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida. Manufacturing jobs in Central Florida have grown by 23.6% on the strength of large companies such as Lockheed Martin, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas, and Siemens Energy.
2.    Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, California. Factory jobs in the Bay Area have increased by 22%, fueled largely by the manufacturing needs of the tech industry.
3.    Grand Rapids-Wyoming, Michigan. The number of industrial jobs in West Michigan has risen by 20.5%, amounting to a fifth of all non-agricultural jobs in the area.
4.    Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, Florida. Factory-type jobs in South Florida have grown by 22.6%, reflecting Florida’s generally favorable conditions for manufacturers. Indeed, the state’s sector manufacturing has recorded growth for 86 consecutive months.
5.    West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach, Florida. The number of manufacturing jobs in Miami’s northern neighbor has risen by 27.3%. In general, Florida is a strong state for manufacturing because of its lack of an income tax, relatively low housing costs, and pro-development policies. 

Why It Makes Sense to Invest in Manufacturing

While American manufacturing is currently enjoying sustained growth and development, the sector could expand further in the coming years. A strong manufacturing sector in the US should encourage competition from rapidly developing countries such as China and India, providing American manufacturers with the opportunity to further improve the quality of their products while reducing operating costs.

The revival of American manufacturing will largely depend on the state of the country’s infrastructure. Because American manufacturing largely depends on the country’s energy, transportation, utility, and communication systems, reduced spending on infrastructure poses a significant restriction on the sector’s future growth. With robust investment, however, manufacturing will likely continue to grow at its current pace.

In an increasingly digital economy, manufacturing continues to spur more economic activity than any other sector, with every dollar spent on manufacturing generating another $3.60 in economic activity. Having seen an increase in orders from manufacturing companies ourselves, we at PEER Bearing remain deeply committed to advancing it however we can. If your company is looking for a manufacturing partner to fulfill its bearing needs, contact us for more information.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

What to Expect at the 2018 Farm Progress Show

Since 1953, the Farm Progress Show has gathered farmers from across the country for several days of displays, demonstrations, and conversations. The annual show alternates between two locations, Decatur, Illinois and the host city this year, Boone, Iowa. This show will be held August 28 through August 30 and provides farmers with an opportunity to become more involved in the greater Ag community and meet with major manufacturers to explore their latest offerings.

Must-See Field Demonstrations

This year’s Farm Progress Show will include tests and demonstrations of the latest farming equipment across two hundred acres of field harvesting. The show will feature Ride ‘N’ Drives from all major manufacturers, including Case IH, John Deere, Agco, Titan, auto manufacturers with new pick-ups, and an array of ATV and UTV companies. Several acre-sized driving courses will also be available for farmers to test machinery themselves.

Aside from Ride ‘N’ Drives, field demonstrations will include competitions between harvest demos. Among these events will be a race between deep-tillage machines. Standard deep-tillage machines should continue to remain popular, but more recent high-speed models from Europe will undoubtedly gain much attention.

Because harvest season usually doesn’t begin until after August, the organizers of the Farm Progress Show have carefully prepared for these field demonstrations for the past several months. In order to have 360 acres of corn ready for attendees, the event’s organizers planted early quick-growing hybrids by late April. With several months of rain, the usual summer heat, and some final adjustments in the days before the event, the fields will be completely ready for the show.

Looking Forward to This Year's Harvest

The Farm Progress Show is a special occasion that gives farmers the opportunity to meet fellow farmers and learn about the latest developments in the greater Ag community. Just as importantly, it provides an opportunity to connect with the industry’s leading manufacturers and distributors, helping farmers forge strong working relationships with their suppliers.

Since harvest season follows shortly after it, the Farm Progress Show is also an ideal time to ensure that your equipment is in top operating condition. This means that you should thoroughly inspect and clean combines before going into the field to minimize the risk of lost time. It also means giving yourself plenty of time ahead of harvest to purchase and replace any weathered or missing components, inspecting all bearings and augers, as well as belts, hoses, and gears.

As a leading supplier and manufacturer of the highest quality agricultural bearings in the industry, PEER Bearing is dedicated to developing cost-effective, reliable bearing solutions for farms of every size. We look forward to meeting current customers and prospective clients alike at this year’s Farm Progress Show and helping them take advantage of the coming harvest season.

With more than 1,600 employees based in the United States, China, Germany, Brazil, and Italy, PEER Bearing works to strengthen agriculture around the world. If you’d like to explore our durable agricultural bearings, contact us for more information.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Celebrating the Role of Agriculture throughout the World

The benefits of global agriculture are many, for both producers and consumers. Top contributions include the growth of various food products and integration into non-consumables, such as ethanol from corn and paper from trees and plants. Don’t forget about soybeans either; they have numerous uses, from candles to cooking oil and feed for animals.

Setting Aside a Day for Agriculture

World Agriculture Day is a way to give thanks for the abundance that agriculture produces, on a global scale. Often called Ag Day, this year it will take place on June 11, 2018. Its mission is to connect people with the agriculture that feeds us daily, with a focus on smart approaches based on science and awareness.

Ag Day serves as an annual reminder of the value of farmers’ work, both domestically and on a global scale, and encourages growth at their farms, as well as spreading correct knowledge about agriculture and nutrition. By choosing local food resources and eco-friendly agriculture, each person can make a positive difference. This is especially true in the U.S., which is the largest exporter of food.

How PEER Bearing Contributes to Global Agriculture

A key part of agricultural equipment are the rotating pieces. Our agricultural bearings perform with the toughness you expect and rise to fulfill demands of tomorrow. They meet regional and global agricultural industry requirements, for both our standard and proprietary designs. Choose from hex bore, round, and square bore bearings for your specific agricultural machine. The bearings are integral to combines, mowers, seeders, balers, tillage equipment and more.

Our agricultural bearings feature long-lasting, durable construction and high performance seals. As a result, machinery operators can expect to save money over time as the bearings do not need replacing as often and experience less downtime.

A Proud Role in Agriculture

PEER Bearings celebrates smart agriculture on a daily basis, with special recognition to it on World Agriculture Day. By raising awareness for the industry, our planet can continue to prosper and maintain strong local and global economies.

We are a trusted leader worldwide for our reliable, strong and affordable bearings across numerous sectors, with multiple quality and service awards to date. Learn more about our agricultural bearing solutions now.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

14 Years of Excellence as a John Deere Partner-Level Supplier

Reliability and quality are key to the success of any business, no matter the industry or the type of product or service. This statement is especially true when representing larger companies. It is with great pleasure that we accept the title of 2017 Partner-Level Supplier for John Deere.

What It Means to Be a Partner-Level Supplier

Partner-Level is the highest John Deere supplier status within the Achieving Excellence Program. To achieve this standing from Deere & Company involves receiving top marks as an organization on an evaluation that includes quality, cost management, technical support, and delivery.

We are proud to receive this positive designation for the agricultural bearings that we supply to John Deere facilities in Ottumwa, Des Moines, and Moline. Being at Partner-Level means that we supply high bearing quality and exceptional services, all with a mindset on continuous improvement.

The John Deere program dates back to 1991. It began as a way to provide suppliers with evaluation and feedback to encourage continuous improvement, a purpose that still holds great merit for businesses and customers today.

How Our Customers Benefit

Receiving Partner-Level status as a John Deere supplier is a testament to PEER Bearing’s commitment to quality, reliability and customer satisfaction. Continuous improvement is the vehicle that will allow us to remain a leader of all 3 of those areas.

We constantly re-evaluate and re-work aspects of our business to achieve the best possible outcomes, from materials research to product testing and development. We also regularly use special testing equipment to measure hardness, tensile strength and more, for optimal bearing quality.

Quality management systems are also a priority for us, with employees receiving training on quality processes and principles. Only by providing quality products will we earn customer trust and continue to be a preferred global supplier. Our distribution centers are ISO 9001, while the manufacturing centers have a TS 16949 certification.

We Are Here for You

PEER Bearing is proud to win this John Deere supplier award for the 14th consecutive year. This thrill is one that we do not tire of but instead, hold in the highest regard. We also see the title as motivation to keep exceeding customer expectations and providing the best bearing quality possible. Find out more about bearings for your next project today.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Steel Industry Shift: Understanding the Latest Surge in US Steel & Metals

The ore, metal and steel industries have been sluggish in the past decade.

And though several, disparate reasons can be quoted to explain the contraction, popular opinion points to the ingress of foreign competition. Particularly from countries like Brazil, China and Russia.

On one hand economists believe that competition transformed the productivity of the iron ore mines and it can spur innovation in the steel industry thereby improving exports. 

On the other, many industrialists are eager to see whether a more US-focused strategy can give struggling metals companies a better chance.

Understanding the latest surge in steel and metal stock prices and the general outlook requires an objective review of the facts.

How is the Steel Sector Changing?

Late February 2018 news trickled from the White House that the US would impose steep tariffs – to the tune of 25% on steel imports and up to 10% on aluminium imports as a strategy to protect national manufacturing interests.

Kentucky based Century Aluminium will likely rehire 350 workers operating at full capacity as compared to the two-fifths it chooses to invest in right now. This is a pre-emptive move in anticipation of greater demand for home tempered steel.

Steel and metal stock prices have spiked accordingly. Steel stocks now cost 28% higher than what they have in the last 12 months.

The fact that the tariffs may be tiered, levying more taxes on imports from countries like China and Russia as compared to other nations is another factor being viewed as a move to deter the unchecked inroads of low-priced Chinese steel.

Long Term Implications of the Decision

No one can accurately predict the dips and highs in the steel and metals market. Higher tariffs can indeed give the impression of a safety net in the short run. But it may trigger similar responses from other nations creating an export stalemate.

Most importantly the question on the horizon is this: “Can the US satisfy the demand for steel without importing from others?”

If it can’t, the end result may be a spike in the prices of all commercial goods and commodities that rely on the steel and metal industries.

Has your business already seen impacts from the recent steel tariffs? Join the conversation on Twitter.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

See Our Agricultural Bearings in Action at the World Ag Expo 2018

This isn’t just an exposition; it’s a tradition. The year 2017 marked its 50th anniversary and the line-up for World Ag Expo 2018 is looking as strong as ever.

World Ag Expo continues to be a marketplace and a celebration of all things ag. Visitors are likely to find whatever it is they need at this year’s show. They can explore the latest breakthroughs in agricultural machinery, post-harvest equipment, and biotech advancements.

What to Expect at World Ag Expo 2018

From February 13 to 15, 2018, the International Agri-Center in Tulare, California will host 1,600 exhibitors. Suppliers and progressive agri-businesses from all over the country will display the latest techniques and products aimed at increasing farm yield.  

The 2.5 million square feet of exhibit space will be jam packed with people hungry to bring innovation to agriculture. Leaders from heavy weight agri-focused companies will be in attendance, looking for ways to promote sustainability in their operations.

The free seminars will provide insights that farmers, dairy workers and ranchers will find invaluable.

PEER Bearing at Booth 4500 Pavilion D

For those in the market for long-lasting, reliable agricultural bearings, PEER Bearing will be exhibiting at Booth 4500 Pavilion D.

PEER agricultural bearings, featuring our patented sealing technology will be on display. Our bearings have an unmatched anti-contamination capability which defies abrasive dust, fertilizer and water to last longer than competing products. Check it out for yourself as PEER performs against our competition in a side-by-side mud slurry test.

Additionally, PEER offers bearings interchangeable to common industry sizes as well as customizable solutions for extreme application needs.

To learn more about the products we’ll have on display, feel free to contact us for more information. We’d also love to meet you at the show!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Wrapping Up a Strong Year at PEER Bearing

2017 was a year filled with activity and growth at PEER Bearing. We launched new products and services, attended major industry events, and took part in community-centered initiatives. It’s hard to identify our top highlight from the year, so instead, here’s a round-up of some of our accomplishments.

New Releases at PEER Bearings

PEER Mower Deck Spindle

Mower deck spindle assemblies are vital components in landscaping equipment. We wanted to find a way to increase the life of these spindles for long-lasting performance. Since contaminants and debris are a common problem, we applied TURFXTREME seal technology and specialized shaft and housing components to block this contamination. We also adjusted the materials used to provide greater strength to the housings.

SER Insert Bearings

To keep up with heightening demand for conveying equipment, PEER released new features in[MP1]  our SER Bearing products. We’ve included premium seals to extend the life of bearings, customized seal options for different applications, industry standard sizes for interchangeability, and more. Our mission[MP2]  was to provide a superior bearing product to reduce conveyor downtime, thereby improving productivity in industrial facilities.


Sometimes, companies require a custom bearing solution and with a limited production run. It can be difficult to find a supplier willing to work on this type of project, so PEER Bearing introduced our FLEXWORKS Center to fill this need. We are able to modify in-stock products to match our customers’ requirements, providing speed and flexibility in production.

Industry Trade Shows


This past November, PEER Bearing attended AGRITECHNICA, joining more than 2,800 exhibitors and 450,000 visitors in Hanover, Germany. The event brought together buyers and suppliers, and hosted an array of workshops and forums to discuss the latest technology trends in agriculture.

Farm Progress Show

In August, we attended the largest outdoor farm event in the United States, Farm Progress. This event featured lessons on mass grain harvesting with new equipment, and autonomous tractors to increase productivity despite the current skills gap in agriculture.

Expo Pack Guadalajara

Earlier this summer, we traveled to South America for Expo Pack Guadalajara in June. It brought together material handling companies and professionals to discuss the latest products and trends. As an exhibitor at the show, we explained the benefits of our ball and roller bearing systems in the material handling sector.

World Ag Expo 2017

Way back in February PEER Bearing attended the 50th installment of the World Ag Expo. We exhibited our AGXTREME range of products, with a particular focus on TILLXTREME and SEEDXTREME. These lines are designed for demanding jobs with continuous operation. In the farm sector, where the skills gap has led to labor shortage, it’s important for equipment to keep up the pace and minimize downtime.

Community Engagement

Customer Service Week 2017

To celebrate Customer Service Week in 2017, we planned a week-long event that kicked off our annual Giving Campaign. There were a number of activities that fundraised for the General Funds of Community Health Charities and United Way. We also hosted a Disaster Relief Lunch to benefit the United Way Hurricane Relief Fund and the Mexican Red Cross. For our employees, the event provided many teambuilding opportunities while allowing us all to give back to our communities.

We’re grateful for the many opportunities that presented themselves this past year, and look forward to seeing what 2018 has in store. We already have some exciting announcements in the works, so check back throughout the year to see what we’re up to.