| These are
challenging times for American business. We have taken the position of
investing in technology and expertise that may make your job easier in
the near future. Read in this issue some of the details important to
doing business with the US Government and the reasons to have a
distributor partner for your bearing needs.
in the USA" is a traditional mark and label used by many bearing
statement however can be misleading. In today's
highly competitive marketplace many
manufactures seek international offshore sources
for raw materials and components (such as
balls, rollers, cages and rings). As a result many
of the "Made in the USA" bearings are finished
and assembled in the United States but contain
components and materials that have been
It is important to understand the US Government
requirements for bearings that find their way
into defense related facilities, applications,
etc. These requirements are defined in the Defense
Federal Acquisition Regulations, commonly known as
DFARS. ~ http://www.acq.osd.mil/dpap/dars/dfars/html/current/tochtml.htm
In bearings products there are three DFARS
regulations that are commonly required:
- Buy American Act - DFARS 252.225-7000
The cost of its qualifying country components
and its components that are mined, produced, or manufactured in the
United States exceeds 50 percent of the cost of all its components.
- Preference for Domestic Specialty
Metals - DFARS 252.225-7014
Any specialty metals (steel) incorporated in
articles (bearings) shall be melted in the United States or Melted in a
* See DFARS clause 225.872-1 for
- Ball and Rolling Element Bearings -
All ball and roller bearings and ball and roller
bearing components either as end items or components of end items,
shall be wholly manufactured in the United States, its outlying areas,
Should you or your customer require any
parts that are of domestic material, or are wholly
manufactured in the USA, National Precision Bearing
can provide product to meet your needs.
it make sense to use a distributor if you are not a consumer or doing
an aftermarket repair? Yes, as a matter of fact, many OEM's use a
distributor to eliminate the long manufacturer lead times, as well as to
meet their many fulfillment demands. At National we put inventory on
our shelves and deliver it as required. You no longer need to carry
expensive inventory, manage turns or focus on reorder points.
A simple snap shot of the OEM's
production requirements can help us design the scheduling flexibility
you require - possibly with long term contracts, releasing the
quantities required by your MRP. All part of National's distribution
advantage. If you need special packaging or lubes, we will supply them.
National offers an extremely high level
of service when supporting the medium and small OEM, not just the large
OEM's. If you are looking for lead time elimination, flexibility,
inventory reduction and a team dedicated to servicing your bearing
needs, your business may be best served with National Precision
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