Types of Bearings
We offer a range of bearing types to support machinery in various industrial applications.
Ball bearings often use stainless steel, chrome steel, or ceramic balls as rolling elements to reduce friction and facilitate high-speed movement. They can handle axial and radial loads for greater application, speed, and load type versatility.
These non-conductive bearings with ceramic balls and ferrous races are advantageous for their enhanced stiffness, capacity for acceleration, and friction reduction compared to steel roller elements. They hold up well against high loads, rapid speeds, and electrical current.
Unlike ball bearings, roller bearings use cylindrical, spherical, or tapered rolling elements instead of balls to provide smooth, low-friction motion. They typically have greater load capacity and rigidity than ball bearings. The spherical roller style can handle axial loads as well as high radial loads.
Linear Motion Bearings
These bearings enable precise, smooth movement along a linear axis for low friction values and wear in guide rail applications. They’re capable of precision-controlled movement and typically fall into two categories: plain and rolling element linear bearings.
Super Precision Bearings
Supporting radial, axial, or combined loads, these high-performance bearings are the optimal choice for high-speed applications requiring supreme accuracy. Composed of stainless steel, chromium steel, or ceramic materials, super precision bearings are available as ball and roller bearings.
Compatible with tracks and applications combining radial and axial loads, these rollers have ball bearings or tapered roller bearings to enable motion transmission and higher speeds. They also utilize specialty seals against moisture and dirt in extreme environmental conditions.
Slewing Ring Bearings
Also known as turntable bearings, these versatile ball or roller bearings with two concentric rings are a good option for low-speed, high-load applications, particularly within large equipment. In addition to load support, they’re also effective at multi-directional power transmission.
Mounted Units (Mounted Bearings)
Mounted units are comprised of a ball or roller bearing inserted into various types of housings. The housing can be bolted onto machinery and the inner ring can be easily mounted on the shaft with a set screw. A variety of standard housing shapes are available, including flange, pillow, and hangar styles, to suit various applications.
Industrial Applications of Bearings
Bearings have applications in all types of industries, though each individual bearing has its ideal uses. Common industrial applications of bearings include:
Factors Influencing Type of Bearing Selection
When choosing bearings for your application, consider the following:
Maintenance and Lubrication of Bearings
Bearing maintenance and lubrication are both important factors in prolonging the life of your bearings. Regular lubrication with oil or grease minimizes bearing friction and heat generation, while routine inspections help identify general wear and bearing damage early. Ideally, you should have an advanced monitoring system in place to assist in this, enhancing bearing failure detection to ensure timely troubleshooting and maintenance.
New Types of Bearings
The bearing industry continues to innovate to meet the needs of emerging equipment technology in various markets. Emerging bearings and bearing advancements include:
Smart bearings and condition monitoring
With integrated sensors to enable performance tracking in real time, these bearings support early detection of any issues for proactive maintenance.
Advanced materials and coatings
New bearings are coming on the market with material and coating advancements that improve their resistance to wear and corrosion for better durability in demanding environments.
Sustainable bearing solutions
Manufacturers are emphasizing environmental friendliness in addition to efficiency in their bearing designs
Ceramic hybrid bearings
These bearings combine ceramic balls with traditional steel races for superior bearing performance.