Bearing Specialists Association Honors 3 Distributors With Achievement Awards


GLEN ELLYN, IL – BSA Chairman Jim Scardina, Executive Vice President of Bearing Headquarters Company, announced three recipients of the BSA Annual Excellence Awards for Outstanding Service from Distributors and Bearing Manufacturers to the End Customer at the forum BSA Digital Supply Chain Annual Report.

the Bearing Manufacturer Award for Excellence in Product Design Innovation rewards companies for innovation and excellence in product design or technology. BSA distributor members reviewed and ranked manufacturers’ innovation proposals. From the abundance of innovative product designs submitted, three were chosen to be recognized for their outstanding service to the end-user customer.

The first one Manufacturer Excellence Award was presented to ABB motors and Mechanical, Inc. 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 caustic washing .

Dodge Food Safe Bearings solve two of the industry’s biggest problems for bearings, especially those subjected to routine high-pressure washing – grease washout and corrosion. All Food Safe bearings are IP69 rated for water and, with product registration, offer an unprecedented one year warranty against failure due to water ingress. These bearings have:

  • Smooth stainless steel housing without grease fitting designed to minimize pegging points
  • Bearings sealed and lubricated for life to minimize maintenance costs
  • Unique insert design with stainless steel base material with revolutionary KleenTec top coating for improved corrosion resistance against common cleaning agents
  • Hydro Armor seal protects internal rotating components from water ingress Kyle Sobke, Sales Manager, Dodge Mechanical Power Transmission Division, for ABB Motors and Mechanical, Inc. accepted the award on behalf of ABB Motors and Mechanical, Inc. .for the Dodge Food Safe bearing.

The second Manufacturer Excellence Award was presented to SKF USA for SKF Cooper Split Sealed Spherical. This is SKF’s third Manufacturer Excellence Award. This innovative, sealed two-piece spherical bearing from SKF Cooper is designed to easily replace existing bearings with little disturbance to shaft alignment or transmission, significantly reducing mean time to repair (MTTR). SKF Cooper offers the only sealed split spherical bearing offering on the market. Not only does it save up to 70% MTTR, but it also provides superior contamination protection thanks to the machined seal inside the bearing.

Will Hidell, Vice President Sales Aftermarket and Channel Management for SKF USA accepted this award on behalf of SKF USA for the SKF Cooper Split Sealed Spherical.

the BSA CBS Achievement Award 2020 recognizes BSA distribution companies with the highest percentage of their internal and external sales force having achieved CBS status. BSA’s Certified Bearing Specialist (CBS) program is the only bearing industry-specific program that identifies and quantifies the specific skills to certify an industry professional as a bearing specialist. The CBS Achievement Award recognizes the esteemed consideration of the CBS designation and the industry as a whole.

BSA recognized Industrial B&D with an honorable mention for the number of certified bearing specialists within their sales force.

the 2020 CBS Achievement Award for exceptional service to the end-use customer bearings has been BDI Canada Inc. for the third consecutive year.

BSA is the “must belong organization for authorized bearing distributors”. An international distributor service and education organization representing a total of nearly 100 companies distributing factory warranted anti-friction bearings and guest manufacturers of bearings and related products. The mission of the association is: “BSA is the forum to enhance networking and knowledge sharing and to promote the sale of bearings through authorized distributors”.


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