Ball Bearing - NMB Part Numbering System
|The Part Numbering System is composed of the part number and specification.
Minebea has created its own part numbering system called the "NMB part numbering system". The JIS numbering system is based on the system defined in the JIS1513.
NMB Part Numbering
NMB part number (example1)
NMB part number (example 2)
Bearing Part Number
The first half of the bearing part number has three parts. The first part describes the ring and ball material, the second tells you what series bearing it is, and the third is the size reference number. This number may be followed by a suffix which tells you which additional or special features the ball bearing has.
Ring and Ball Material
The ring and ball material for the bearing may come in stainless steel or high carbon chromium steel. The high carbon chromium steel bearing is effective for almost any application, while the stainless steel bearing provides added protection against corrosion.
The most common bearing series are R and L, with R representing a thick section and L representing a thin section. If the bearing is flanged, there will also be an F for the series designation, while if the bearing is measured by inches rather than metric, it will have an I after the first letter. You may also see NR, for a bearing with a snap ring on the outer ring.
Bearing sizes are measured along two main dimensions, the bore size, or the inner diameter, and the O.D., or outer diameter. This part of the bearing number is a composite of these two measurements, with the O.D. measurement first. Be sure to note whether you are looking at a bearing measured according to inches or millimeters.
A suffix to the bearing part number will indicate special features for that particular bearing, specifically: enclosure, special feature/noise grade, and retainer. The following explains these features in slightly more detail.
Shields and seals can be a valuable addition to a bearing. These protective coverings can serve a twofold purpose. They protect the bearing itself from contaminants and protect the application that houses the bearing from leaks. This code indicates the type of shield or seal attached to that particular bearing. If there is a double letter, it means that both sides are enclosed.
Special Feature/Noise Grade
Some parts will be specially made for particular applications. This suffix indicates whether the part is wider or thinner than normal or has a special design. In addition, noise level can be an important factor when it comes to ball bearings. Moving parts and machinery can make an incredible amount of noise, and in areas and situations where noise sensitivity is an issue, you'll need to consider this when selecting your part. An MT code indicates a highly noise sensitive application.
NMB offers three types of retaining cages for your bearings: the steel ribbon (R), the steel crown (H), and the molded nylon crown (MN).
Bearing Spec Codes
The bearing spec codes provide information on the bearing's dimensional accuracy and lubricant specifications. They indicate the precision grade, according to JIS or ABMA standards, the range of radial clearance, the type of lubricant (oil, grease, either oil or grease, or no lubricant), and the lubricant fill quantity. This system should tell you everything you need to know about the bearing part you are researching, and should make it easy for you to find the high quality NMB part or parts that you need.