BSA Awards

Three industry companies win the 2020 BSA Excellence Awards

The Bearings Specialists Association (BSA) released its 2020 Excellence Awards February 2.

The organization’s president, Jim Scardina of Midwest-based Bearing Headquarters Company, announced three winners of the annual BSA Excellence Awards for outstanding service by bearing distributors and bearing manufacturers to end users during BSA’s annual Digital Supply Chain Forum.

ABB, SKF, and BDI Canada were the top three award recipients, with B&D Industrial receiving an honorable mention. Long live the acronym. 

SKF Cooper split seal spherical bearing.—SKF photo via Bearings Specialists Association

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 were chosen by the Glen, Ellyn, Illinois organization to be recognized “for their outstanding service to the end use customer,” BSA said in a press release sent to Electrical Apparatus earlier this month. The winners are all familiar names to industry members.

The first Manufacturer Excellence Award was presented to ABB Motors and Mechanical for the Dodge Food Safe bearing. This is ABB’s third Manufacturer Excellence Award. Dodge Food Safe bearings feature “a patented lubrication protection system, superior coating, and smooth design to improve cleanability and maximize life in applications that require high pressure and caustic washdown.” These bearings are said to solve two of the most prominent industry problems for bearings, especially those subjected to routine, high pressure washdowns: grease washout and corrosion. They are IP69 rated for water, and with product registration, offer a one-year warranty against failure due to water ingress.

The second award was presented to SKF USA for its Cooper split sealed spherical bearing. Marking SKF’s third Manufacturer Excellence Award, this bearing is “designed to easily replace existing bearings with little disturbance to the shaft alignment or driveline, significantly reducing mean time to repair (MTTR).” The company markets the product as “the only sealed split spherical bearing offering on the market.” Not only can it save up to 70% in MTTR, but it also provides contamination protection thanks to the machined seal within the bearing. Will Hidell, vice president of sales aftermarket and channel management, accepted the award for SKF.

A BDI location in Calgary.—BDI photo

The 2020 BSA CBS (Certified Bearing Specialist) Excellence Award went to BDI Canada, Inc. (Mississauga, Ontario) for the third year in a row. BDI has over 200 locations in twelve countries. This honor “recognizes BSA distributor companies with the highest percentage of inside and outside sales force having attained CBS status.” The 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,” according to BSA.

BSA also recognized B&D Industrial of Macon, Ga., with an Honorable Mention for the number of BSA-certified specialists within its sales force.

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