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Reasons Why Businesses Choose Thin Section Bearings

Reasons Why Businesses Choose Thin Section Bearings

August 9, 2018

The right bearing plays a key role in the efficiency of your applications. For many businesses in the medical, defense, robotics, and semiconductor manufacturing industries, thin section bearings are the right fit for their needs.

So, what do thin section bearings provide that can make them a better option than other types of bearings? Here are some key reasons why thin section bearings are the right choice for your applications.

Space and Weight Limitations

Bearings don’t need to be big to get the job done. The size difference between thin section bearings and other bearing styles is a major benefit for any application with space or weight restrictions.

The compact design of thin section bearings is beneficial in a few ways. First, the small size of a thin section bearing make it so that these parts don’t take up as much room in an application. Second, the reduced weight makes the overall application lighter and can reduce the amount of friction created during use. That’s a major advantage for both initial design of an application and the long-term efficiency of your operation.

Multiple Configurations Available

Another benefit of thin section bearings is that it gives you options. These parts are offered in a variety of sizes and configurations, allowing you to pick and choose between radial, angular, 4-point designs. If size is the bigger concern, SSB manufactures parts up to 20” in diameter. Metric sizes can also be manufactured.

While there are a variety of thin section bearings available, these parts can also be specially designed to fit your specifications. Customization opportunities include:

Quick Turnaround Times

Time is not always on your side. Fortunately, SSB’s thin section bearing production process is very efficient, meaning that you won’t have to wait as long for these parts compared to most other types of bearing.

A typical lead time for most standard thin section bearings ranges between six to eight weeks from the order date. This expedited timeline can help you avoid unnecessary—and costly—downtime.

Consider Thin Section Bearings for Your Applications

Thin section bearings offer several advantages not typically found with other styles of bearings. At SSB, we manufacture quality thin section bearings made in the U.S. and offer related services. Contact us today to order thin section bearings from SSB or to talk to one of our experts to determine the right solution for your applications.

Three Bearing Lubrication Myths

Three Bearing Lubrication Myths

October 2, 2017

The right bearing lubricant can be the different between a long lifespan for your part and some serious issues for your applications. When using the wrong lubrication can destroy your bearings and create costly downtime, it's important to make sure you have the right information to properly lubricate your thin section bearings and other parts. This means that it's time to dispel some bearing lubrication myths that you shouldn't trust.

Myth No. 1: All Lubricants are the Same

This is not true in the slightest. There are many different types of bearing lubricants. Each one of these options features different benefits that can greatly impact its success in certain applications and environments. These include:

  • Grease lubricants
  • Oil lubricants
  • Solid lubricants
  • Graphite
  • Specialized plating

Another reason why you shouldn't consider all lubricants to be the same is that some lubrication types don't mix well with others. Certain lubricants are simply not compatible with others, which can lead them thinning or thickening if you try to replace your bearing lubrication without checking what was used before. This can result in more wear and tear for your bearings. However, there are some types of lubricants that pair well together, such as oil and solid lubricants.

Myth No. 2: Re-Lubrication Happens Once a Year

Every case is different, but there's a good chance that you should re-lubricate your bearings more than once each year. There are a few factors that can impact your re-lubrication schedule, such as the overall use of your bearings the application environment. It's not uncommon for heavy use and harsh elements could mean that you should re-lubricate once a week, while lightly-used parts in ideal conditions may only require annual reapplication. The biggest factor is that you have a regular re-lubrication schedule no matter how long it takes between dates.

Myth No. 3: You Can Store Bearing Lubrication Anywhere

Not exactly. Lubricants can be easily contaminated, so any storage area with dirt, dust, or other similar substances can ruin your product. Contaminated lubrication is bad for business, so you'll want to store bearing lubrication in a dry, cool, and clean space where containers can be rotated and used on a first-in, first-out basis.

Use Proper Lubrication for Your Bearings

A good lubricant can help your applications run smoothly for a long time. Of course, the right bearing lubrication isn't the only piece to the puzzle. It's important to find the right bearings along with proper lubrication.

As a premier thin section bearing supplier, Slim Section Bearings can help you find the right parts for your applications, as well as which lubricants are best suited for your needs. Contact us today to talk to our experts about your bearing needs.

Warning: Using the Wrong Lubrication Could Destroy Your Bearings

Warning: Using the Wrong Lubrication Could Destroy Your Bearings

June 30, 2017

A bad choice of lubrication can even make the best parts go bad. How? Incorrect lubrication can lead to serious issues like overheating and excessive wear, both of which can lead to bearing failure. Not only can these problems force you to repair each affected part, it can lead to additional costs related to downtime and repair. Fortunately, there are lubrication best practices for bearings that can help you ensure that your applications aren't negatively impacted.

How to Prevent the Use of the Wrong Bearing Lubricant

The first thing you'll want to do is to make sure you are using the right type and amount of lubricant for your specific bearings. It may seem obvious, but a simple misreading and misuse will lead to a lot of trouble in the future, especially for when you have to relubricate bearings in the future.

Of course, it's not always obvious which lubricant is the correct for for your parts. You'll also need to consider how much lubrication is necessary. Most fill rates sit between 25 and 35 percent of the available space in the bearing, but some parts may differ. Not sure where to start? Here are some common lubricants and their traditional applications.

Types of Bearing Lubrication

General grease (NLGI #2)

The most common lubricant for bearings.Standard bearings come with Polyrex EX grease. Greases are designed for a wide temperature range, which makes them a good option for motor applications.

Synthetic grease

A wide variety of these greases fit application parameters, including low torque requirements or extreme temperatures. These greases are a natural fit for aerospace applications.

Solid lubricants & oils

These options give you a way of carrying oils while releasing the proper amount over time. Solid lubricants are usable in many wash down applications. In addition, a variety of solid lubricants are FDA rated H1 or H2, making them great for food and beverage applications.

Graphite (dry or solid) lubricant

Graphite offers lubrication at higher temperatures than typical liquid and oil-based options. It's also ideal for extreme low torque considerations, such as high speed applications.

Specialized plating

Features the FENCR Process, in which a diffused layer of carbon rich iron nitride is applied to the bearings so that the product will not chip or spall. This is ideal for product that needs to be corrosion resistant, such as those in extreme moisture environments. Specialized plating is not FDA rated.

While there are many lubrication options you can choose from, it may be difficult to select the right one for your applications. If you aren't sure which lubrication is the best choice, the bearing experts at Slim Section Bearings can can help you narrow down your options. Contact SSB today to talk to our experts about your bearing needs.

Four FAQs About Thin Section Bearings

Four FAQs About Thin Section Bearings

May 18, 2017

When you need a bearing that works in tight spaces, thin is in. Thin section bearings boast minimal weight and a compact design, which has made them a go-to part for businesses in need of multi-load capabilities and high stiffness in a small package.

As a supplier of thin section bearings products, we get many questions about the types of parts that are available and how they can help with specific applications and environments. Here are a some answers to a few common questions people ask about thin section bearings.

What are Thin Section Bearings?

Thanks to its name, it's not too difficult to identify the main advantage of a thin section bearings. These parts – also known as slim section bearings – are thinner than other bearing styles, which helps create a compact, lightweight product.

What are the Benefits of Thin Section Bearings?

The size and weight of thin section bearings are the most notable draws for most businesses. These features allow thin section bearings to operate efficiently and effectively in applications with weight concerns or tight spaces. Thin section bearings are also quickly manufactured. This is very beneficial for any business that needs products right away to avoid downtime without sacrificing quality and performance.

Are There Different Types of Thin Section Bearings?

These products come in a few different styles that are better suited for specific needs. These include:

  • Radial thin section bearings - Designed for predominantly radial loads
  • Angular contact thin section bearings - Handle higher thrust and axial loads
  • Four-point contact thin section bearings - Features a special raceway that creates four points of contact with ball bearings to help them handle radial and thrust loads

Other variations are also available, and thin section bearings can be customized. For example, thin section bearings can be made in many popular cross-section sizes, different materials (such as standard steel, stainless steel, and chrome), and various protective seals. You can also choose to have them applied with specialized coatings, such as Thin Dense Chrome plating or other options.

What Industries are Best for Thin Section Bearings?

There are a wide variety of applications and markets that stand to benefit from thin section bearings, which includes everything from textile machines to missile launchers. These industries include:

  • Food Processing
  • Medical
  • Machine Tool
  • Satellite
  • Packaging
  • Robotics
  • Military Turrets
  • Material Handling
  • Textile Machinery
  • Optical Equipment

Order Your Own Thin Section Bearings

When it's time to invest in thin section bearings, we can help. Slim Section Bearings can supply you with the right bearing parts for your applications, whether you know exactly what you need or require a custom solution. Contact us today to talk to an SSB expert about your thin section bearing needs.