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Okinawa Distributor Convention 2012

“Exchange ideas, develop new opportunities, connect and learn from each other in an informal setting” – with these goals in mind we set out for Japan in April 12. Okinawa, Japan’s southernmost resort with breath-taking views, rich culture and nine Unesco World heritage sites was the venue of the fourth edition of JTEKT European Distributors Convention.

The invitees were Koyo and Koyo-Torrington Partners from 13 different countries. The three days tightly-packed schedule consisted of a welcome reception on the first day, the Convention itself on the second day and an intensive Okinawa sight-seeing tour on the third day. All participants had an option to extend this event by visiting our plant in Tokushima.

Judging by the overly positive responses to our post-convention satisfaction survey, we may conclude that this event was a huge success.

We will not disclose all contents of this unforgettable experience, because you only get the feeling if you’ve experienced it. But let us just share some valuable insights our Partners shared with us with accompaniment of Karaoke:

You have the tunes of “Like a virgin” in mind? Just sing along:


Like a bearing
Run for the very first time
Like a bearing
When Koyo runs it, it will be fine
Gonna ask for Torrington too!
My fear is fading fast
It’s the only one that will do!
Cause only JTEKT will last!

Or try along the tunes of “Simply the best” with lyrics like this:


Speak a language of bearings
Like Koyo knows what it means
Mmm, it can’t be wrong
Take my bearings and make them strong, baby
JTEKT is the best, better than all the rest
Better than any brand, any brand I’ve ever met

How well do you remember the tunes of “Let it be”?


When I found myself in bearing troubles
Mother Koyo comes to me
Giving the solution, JTEKT be
And in my hour of darkness,
When the problems stand in front of me
JTEKT gives the answer, JTEKT be
JTEKT be, JTEKT be, JTEKT be, JTEKT be
JTEKT the solution, JTEKT be.

If you’re really in the mood for more, or simply would like to meet your peers, network, socialize and exchange ideas with JTEKT staff, we hope to welcome you at our next Distributor Seminar, which will be held in Spring 2014, in Poland.


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FAQ

What is an angular contact ball bearing?

An angular contact ball bearing uses axially asymmetric races. An axial load passes in a straight line through the bearing, whereas a radial load takes an oblique path that tends to want to separate the races axially. So the angle of contact on the inner race is the same as that on the outer race. Angular contact bearings better support "combined loads" (loading in both the radial and axial directions) and the contact angle of the bearing should be matched to the relative proportions of each. The larger the contact angle (typically in the range 10 to 45 degrees), the higher the axial load supported, but the lower the radial load. In high speed applications, such as turbines, jet engines, and dentistry equipment, the centrifugal forces generated by the balls changes the contact angle at the inner and outer race. Ceramics such as silicon nitride are now regularly used in such applications due to their low density (40% of steel). These materials significantly reduce centrifugal force and function well in high temperature environments. They also tend to wear in a similar way to bearing steel—rather than cracking or shattering like glass or porcelain.

Most bicycles use angular-contact bearings in the headsets because the forces on these bearings are in both the radial and axial direction.

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