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Bearing faults of rotating machinery are observed as impulses in the vibration signal, but it is mostly immersed in noise. In order to effectively remove this noise and detect the impulses, a novel technique with morphological operators and fuzzy inference is proposed in this paper. The effectiveness of the morphological operators lies with the correct selection of structuring elements (SEs). This paper also proposes a new algorithm for this SE selection based on kurtosis, thereby making the analysis free of empirical methods. When analyzed with three different sets of faults, the results show that this method is effective and robust in bringing out the impulses. With fuzzy inference being coupled to this new technique, it makes the algorithm to be able to detect early faults also.