NTN double row tapered roller bearings have outward-facing types (for double-row outer ring use) and inward-facing types (for double-row inner ring use). As the inner clearance is adjusted to a set value, the bearings must be used in combination with components of the same product number, as marked.
In addition to duplex bearings that combine a pair of single row tapered roller bearings, there are also four-row tapered roller bearings composed of two double-row inner rings, one double-row outer ring, and two single-row outer rings. Four-row tapered outer bearings are used in high-load applications such as rolling mill roll necks.
Back-to-back arrangement (using double row outer rings) and face-toface arrangement (using double row inner rings) are both available, and they have been adjusted so that each type's internal clearance values are fixed. Therefore, only parts with identical manufacturing numbers can be used and they must be assembled according to their code numbers.