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What are Thin Section Bearings?

What are Thin Section Bearings?

June 10, 2017

When you need a bearing solution that helps your applications to run efficiently, you don't necessarily want the biggest, strongest parts. Thin section bearings are a lightweight, compact solution that may be the perfect fit for the needs of your applications.

Thin Section Bearing Features

Small bearings can be strong, too. Quality thin section bearings are very stiff without adding excess bulk or weight to your designs. These parts also provide a variety of other key benefits, such as:

  • Multiple available cross sections and sizes
  • Multi-load capabilities
  • Various cage options, including nylon segmented, nylon snap over, brass, and phenolic
  • Competitive market prices due to volume-sensitive and efficient production
  • Average lead times of 6 to 8 weeks from order date on most standard sizes
  • Parts produced with 100 percent domestic components

Thin Section Bearing Specifications

While thin section bearings have several beneficial features, there are also many specifications for these parts. To start, there are three general types of thin section bearings that SSB offers:

  • Radial – C Type
  • Angular – A Type
  • 4-Point – X-Type

At SSB, we manufacture all the popular cross section sizes (3/16", 1/4", 5/16", 3/8", and 1/2"), although there are many other important thin section bearing specifications. These include:

  • Production capability up to 20"
  • Standard product produced to ABEC 1 precision class (ABEC 3 also available)
  • Standard steel material of 52100 (M-50 and 440C stainless steel also available)
  • Standard rolling element of 10 ASI 52100 steel balls (440C Stainless Steel and Silicone Nitride (Ceramic) also available)
  • Buna N rubber, Stainless Steel shields, and glass reinforced PTFE seals available
  • Engineered specials offered with Thin Dense Chrome plating

Thin Section Bearing Applications

In general, thin section bearings can be hugely beneficial for environments where Space is valuable. Add in a need for these bearings to maintain a high level of quality and performance, and thin section bearings emerge as a top choice. These requirements make thin section bearings a natural match for medical, machine tool, and robotics applications, but there are many other industries that can benefit from these parts. These include:

  • Satellite
  • Packaging
  • Military Turrets
  • Material Handling
  • Textile Machinery
  • Optical Equipment

Solve Your Your Search for Thin Section Bearings with SSB

When you need a bearing that's strong, but not bulky, it may be time to invest in thin section bearings. At Slim Section Bearings, we provide businesses with quality thin section bearing products that help you get the most out of your applications. If the right solution doesn't exist, our engineers can work on a custom bearing solution to make sure your applications are good to go.

Need thin section bearings for your business? Contact us online today to let us know 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.