NTN success reports

NTN’s Sentinel™ Series Eliminates Unplanned Downtime on Canning Line

15 February 2022 - Toronto - Success Report - Products

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A major producer of soft drinks and other beverages was experiencing semi-annual bearing failures on its canning line due to the frequent washdowns required in the production area. The recurring failures were resulting in over $200,000 in lost production each year.

NTN’s engineering and sales support team performed a thorough evaluation of the production line and determined the bearing failures were being caused by grease washout from daily equipment washdowns. Poor lubrication practices were also causing grease leakage and blowout, creating additional safety issues on the production floor.

The NTN Solution

NTN’s team recommended that the bearings being used in the canning line be replaced with our Sentinel Series mounted units. Our Sentinel Series features corrosion resistant stainless steel ball bearings with seals and NSF H1 registered solid lubricant. The solid lubrication
provides up to 21 times better washout resistance than standard grease and the seals provide improved protection over standard deep groove ball bearings, which is critical to extending the life of equipment exposed to moisture. Furthermore, our Sentinel Series line of mounted units are cap capable, providing an additional layer of protection.

The Result

The NTN solution lasted over two years, completely eliminating unplanned downtime. The increased uptime, reduced maintenance, and decrease in bearing spend resulted in $127,794 in documented savings for the customer.

Value added breakdown



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The NTN Advantage: Solid Lubrication

Solid lubrication is a maintenance-free solution that eliminates greasing requirements and
significantly improves life in harsh wash-down applications.

  • NSF H1 compliant
  • 21X the grease washout resistance
  • Zero grease leakage
  • Zero re-lubrication

Sentinel Series Features & Benefits

  • Food-grade solid lubricant eliminates maintenance, resists wash-out
  • Stainless steel or thermoplastic housings with stainless steel inserts prevent corrosion from moisture and harsh cleaning agents
  • All units come equipped with your choice of open or closed cover configurations

We can help relieve the pressure of downtime.
We’re here to help you achieve your productivity and performance goals. For more information, contact your NTN Sales Representative or call 1-888-412-4122. For technical questions, email

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About NTN

Founded in 1918, NTN is one of the world's largest producers of premium quality ball and roller bearings, long recognized for the most stringent quality standards in the industry. With plants around the globe and a strong domestic manufacturing network, over 80% of the products sold by NTN in North America are made by one of the ten plants the company operates in Canada and the USA. NTN is also a leading provider of bearing services which include technical support, maintenance and reliability services, engineering consulting and training. NTN's company vision is "to transform into Canada’s leader of the Ultimate Bearing Experience." For more information:

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