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JC Calvagna: Unexpected Career Is a Perfect Fit

James Calvagna, JC to just about everyone, started at Alpine in 1999. His first bearing-related position was in the shipping department of a competitor. He took the job in 1996 after returning from what started as a trip to Europe. It became more than a trip when JC decided to stay and work in Belgium […]

Thinex And Torque Tube Bearings

As part of our Bearings 101 series of informational articles, we’re highlighting types of bearings or bearing components. In this article, we present Thinex and torque tube bearings. No, Thinex and Torque is not the name of The Three Stooges’ law firm. That was Dewey Cheatem & Howe. If deep groove bearings are the workhorses of the […]

A Talk with Kevin Fang from TPI Bearings

An ornate carving atop a temple in Taipei City, Taiwan At Alpine, we’re always happy to talk about, or with, the people who supply us with high quality bearings. We understand. They’re as proud of their brand as we are of all the brands we stock. We reached out to Kevin Fang, sales manager at […]

Machine Tool Spindle Bearings: A Blast to the Future

We’ve put together a series of informational articles to highlight bearing types, terminology, and components. In this segment of Bearings 101, we focus on machine tool spindle bearings. In this complex universe, there are profound questions with answers that elude us. Why do we exist? Are there other worlds beyond ours? What are machine tool […]

Alpine Now Stocks SLF Machine Tool Spindle Bearings

The sales engineers at Alpine Bearing are always on the lookout for new bearings to stock and distribute and new companies to work with. Recently, Alpine began carrying machine tool spindle bearings from SLF. Spindel- und Lagerungstechnik Fraureuth GmbH (Spindle and Bearing Technology, Fraureuth, Germany, LLC) has been making spindles and spindle bearings since 1993. True to their German heritage, they take great pride in […]

What Does CNC Machining Owe Sheep?

A sheep You may look at a sheep and wonder what is has to do with CNC (computer numerical control) machining. The truth is, we might not have seen the creation and expansion of manufacturing and computing as it is now if not for fleece and a few creative thinkers in the 18th century. The […]

Deep Groove Bearings: Tough and Easy to Maintain

Another kind of groove. As part of our Bearings 101 series of informational articles, we’ve decided to highlight types of bearings or bearing components. This time, we turn the spotlight on deep groove bearings. Contrary to popular belief, Deep Groove Bearings did not back up Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock. Deep groove bearings are the workhorses […]

Bearings at the Louvre?

The “Mona Lisa” Do you know what connects the Pyramids, the “Mona Lisa”, and a healthy smile? Leonardo da Vinci, the artist, cartographer, astronomer, and painter of “The Last Supper” and the “Mona Lisa”, was also an engineer. His research and discoveries predated the invention of helicopters, tanks, submarines, watch works, and even parachutes by […]

Employee Spotlight: William Pool

William Pool in his Anaheim office William Pool, a thirteen-year veteran of Alpine Bearing, works in the Anaheim office as Quality Manager and Sales Engineer. You may have thought we had just the Boston location, but we also have a West Coast office. Originally hired as a sales engineer, William stepped up to learn about […]

The Bearing Glossary to End All Bearing Glossaries

We’ve started a feature on the Alpine Bearing site. We call it Bearings 101 and in it, we’ll post technical articles about, you guessed it, bearings. Some will be basic, others, more complex.  We hope you learn something you didn’t know or can use this column as a resource. Think of us when describing a […]