3S1: Bearing failures and remedies

Andreas Pieper , Engineering & Quality Manager, Schaeffler Australia


  • Examples of failed bearings are shown for familiarisation with different types of bearing failures.
  • Root causes are identified and described.
  • Remedies are recommended in order to increase operating life of bearings


In 1984 Andreas started his career with Schaeffler Group as international application engineer, with home base in the German head office. Assignments in Europe, Australia and Asia exposed him to a large variety of bearing applications and their particularities, industrial and automotive. Bearing failure analysis and quality related processes have been continual tasks of Andreas throughout his career with Schaeffler.
In 2006, he relocated to Sydney to assume his present position as Engineering & Sales Manager. Application Engineering, bearing calculation and bearing failure analysis continue to be integral elements of his daily business.