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Why Proper Torque Matters When Installing Food Industry Stainless Steel Insert Bearings


tech tip: Why proper torque matters

Stainless steel is generally more brittle than traditional 52100 bearing steel. Because of this fact, tightening inner ring set screws in stainless steel insert bearings with the proper torque is essential to avoid fracturing of the inner ring.

A fractured inner ring can lead to two catastrophic events 
in food & beverage production:
• Migration of contamination such as cleaning solutions or other liquids inside the bearing causing seizure.
• Fractured pieces of the inner ring falling into and contaminating the product being produced.

Examples of Damage Caused by Excess Set Screw Torque





To avoid either of these outcomes, NTN recommends adhering to the following instructions to ensure proper installation of stainless steel Sentinel Series bearings.

• Torque Wrench
• Cleaning Tools
• Clean Working Surfaces

1. Prepare the bearing & mounting surfaces
• Remove any burrs or damage on the shaft and mounting area.
• Clean the mounting area to remove any contaminants.
• Ensure that set screws are not protruding into the bore 
of the bearing.

2. Slide the bearing into position on the shaft and mounting area
• Make sure the mounting area for the housing is flat. If it is not flat, shim to level.
• Rotate the inner ring of the set screw to be at the same 12 o’clock alignment position with the opposing bearing located at the other end of the shaft.

3. Tighten mounting bolts to secure the housing
• Ensure there is less than 2 degrees of misalignment in the shaft.
• Recheck alignment of set screws on bearings at either end 
of shaft.



4. Properly tighten inner ring set screws:
• Using the maximum torque settings in Table 1, tighten the set screws evenly on the shaft.
• For inner rings with two set screws:

» Torque first set screw to HALF the recommended tightening torque.
» Torque the second set screw to FULL recommended tightening torque.
» Torque the first set screw down to FULL recommended tightening torque.*
* Appropriate set screw torque by size provided on Table 1

5. Perform a final check on alignment of set screws and the bearing unit



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