The SKF Interactive Engineering Catalog on CD-ROM gives users a bearing catalog on disk along with selection guidelines, a discussion of bearing physics, and a calculator that helps make a better selection than a paper catalog alone. The disk holds information for rolling-element bearings, seals, and plain bearings.
The catalog's use is self-explanatory — it's no more complex than a Web site.
A calculation menu on the main screen takes users to nine common bearing figures for life, loads, and friction. Users must first identify a model and size. (A toggle switches between SI and English units.) The calculations are instantaneous after identifying a bearing from a list and supplying loads and speeds. If the results aren't acceptable, it's easy to change input values to find acceptable outputs.
After selecting a bearing candidate, users can read about its applications. Other topics appear to the right of the printed discussions.
The software also builds a DXF drawing of the selection for inclusion into a drawing. The CD runs in all versions of Windows.
This information provided by SKF USA Inc., Kulpsville, Pa.