Posted September 19, 2018

BSA Excellence Awards winners named

The Bearing Specialists Association announced the winners of its 2018 BSA Excellence Awards for outstanding service by bearing distributors and bearing manufacturers to the end use customer.

Scardina and ChiricostaThe 2018 BSA CBS Excellence Awards recognize BSA distributor companies with the highest percentage of inside and outside sales forces having attained Certified Bearing Specialist status. BSA’s Certified Bearing Specialist (CBS) program is the only bearing industry-specific program that identifies and quantifies the specific skill sets to certify an industry professional as a bearing specialist.

BDI Canada Inc. received the 2018 CBS Excellence Awards for outstanding service to the bearing end use customer. Giovanni Chiricosta, vice president of sales, accepted the award for BDI Canada from BSA president Jim Scardina, Bearing Headquarters.

The Bearing Manufacturer Excellence of Innovation in Product Design Award recognizes companies for innovation and excellence in product design or technology. BSA distributor members reviewed and ranked manufacturer innovation submissions. Among the abundance of innovative product designs submitted, three submissions were chosen to be recognized for their outstanding service to the end use customer.

NTN Bearing Corporation of America was recognized for its Sentinel Series, a premium line of corrosion-resistant products developed for the harsh conditions of the food & beverage industry. With available products ranging from deep groove ball bearings to bearing inserts to mounted units available in numerous combinations of housings, protective covers, grease and sealing options, Sentinel Series provides a family of Food and Beverage market solutions to improve overall equipment effectiveness, increase production, and provide value.

Regal Power Transmission Solutions earned recognition for its Sealmaster Time Saving Axial Groove Mounted Ball Bearing. The Time Saving axial groove in the inner ring bore allows for easier bearing removal. This design provides clearance from the burr created by the setscrew used to lock the bearing to the shaft, which makes removal difficult and can cause damage to the shaft during removal. This reduction in damage to the shaft not only then reduces the cost associated with repairing the shaft before reuse, it can eliminate the cost of having to replace the shaft.

The Timken Company was honored for its Timken Type E Tapered Roller Bearing Housed Unit Secondary Sealing System. The Timken multi-point sealing system helps the Type E mounted bearing last longer against contamination and moisture. It also provides housed units with extra protection for rugged, cost-effective covers designed to fight heavy contamination in industries where particulates are a challenge. This system helps keep your bearings performing, even in harsh, dirty applications with the higher abrasion-resistant triple-barrier internal seal.