What's the difference between a bearing & bushing?
In general, there is not a lot of difference as both bearings and bushings help to reduce the friction generated between two parts- one of which is typically a spinning, rotating, or sliding shaft. In modern designs, ‘bearing’ typically refers to multi-component assemblies with rolling elements and an inner and outer race. Many applications that we serve are found in older equipment that was originally designed with bronze bearings and need new solutions in order to meets todays production and reliability standards.
Our bearings and bushings- whether Ryertex Fiber Bearings or Timco Technical Thermoplastics- are generally classified as plain or sleeve bearings and provide low friction solutions in applications with high temperatures, high load and high impact, or in applications where metal bearings fail.
No matter what name use, composite materials offer design engineers virtually limitless opportunities to apply ‘the best material for the application’ as parts can be light weight, low maintenance, self lubricating and corrosion resistant… all while not exposing mating components to wear.
- Industrial Applications
We have worked with many global customers and use cases in industrial applications including:
- Off-road and construction equipment
- Capital goods manufacturers such as industrial presses, plastics molding, and other machinery.
- Water and/or wastewater treatment facilities
- Chemical Processing Plants
- Utility & Hoist Vehicles
- Forestry Equipment
- Food Processing Equipment
- Cranes & Lifting Equipment
- Use Cases
Bearings, Bushings, and Wear parts greatly vary in size and complexity. A few examples include, but are not limited to:
- Bearings – rolling element, plane, work roll, hanger, roller, spherical roller
- Bushings – coupling ring, roll support, linear, platen
- Wear – wipers, stripper tips, slide pads, chock liners, slipper pads, mandrel segments, entry guides, exit guides, ring riders, thrust collars, runout table liners
With our focus on non-metallic material fabrication, our capabilities are highly specialized. This ranges from the actual machinery that we have invested in such as industry specific saws and routers optimized for plastics materials.
Even our air filtration and exhaust systems are customized around the materials that are processed. Machine speeds, feeds, rates, and tooling have also been optimized which result in the most cost effective product production.