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Slide Bearing Manufacturers and Suppliers

IQS Directory provides an extensive list of slide bearing manufacturers and suppliers. Utilize our website to review and source slide bearing manufactures with our easy-to-use features which allow you to locate slide bearing companies that will design, engineer, and manufacture slide bearings for your exact specifications. Our request for quote forms make it easy to connect with leading slide bearing manufacturers. View company profiles, website links, locations, phone number, product videos, customer reviews, product specific news articles and other production information. We are a leading manufacturer directory who will connect you with the right manufacturers whether you are looking for Teflon slide bearings, plastic linear slides, or flat slide bearings.

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  • Slide Bearings and Marine Uses

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  • Large and In Charge for Renewable Energy

    Slide Bearings There are many pieces required to build the massive wind turbines that produce enough energy to be useful in an industrial, agricultural, commercial or residential setting. All of these parts must be large and dependable, to be able to make the impressive renewable energy machine work efficiently without falling apart. As these machines grow in popularity, because they do not harm the earth when creating energy and because they are a much more cost effective solution to the energy problem, the pieces, parts and mechanisms used to make...

  • Metric Linear Bearings: Measurement Systems

    Slide Bearings Linear Bearings Photo Courtesy of Tusk Direct, Inc. Linear bearings may be measured and therefore pieced together according to two separate measurement systems, one of which is used exclusively in the United States. The US Customary measurement system involves inches, feet and yards, and is still taught in public schools and used as a common form of measurement in many industrial contexts. Alongside these measurements is the metric system, which is the standard in Europe as well as being common here. That is why metric linear bearings in...

  • The Self-Lubricating Slide Bearings

    Slide Bearings The key to success for a linear bearing design is creating motion without friction, which can cause problems in a large system and deteriorate the materials used to create the parts. Everyone knows that rotating rollers and balls are popular forms of motion control, helping glide a part along a designated path much like a conveyor does. However, these are not the only ways smooth motion can be achieved. Slide bearings do not utilize additional parts to transition a part from point A to point B without friction,...

  • Slide Bearing Basics

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Slide Bearings

Slide bearings are a type of linear slide, which are linear motion devices used to provide free motion in one direction. Slide bearings often replace other systems like roller bearing systems or ball bearing systems. Slide bearing systems, roller bearing systems and ball bearing systems all share in common compositions involving a stationary base and a moving carriage. However, they differ in that, while roller bearing and ball bearing systems rely on the rotation of cylinders or balls to move a load, slide bearings move a load using the low friction movement created when the bearings slide or glide against one another. Slide bearings are popular for use in a large number of industrial applications. These include: component manufacturing and testing, food processing, oil and water transportation, pipelines, steel fabrication and more.

Slide bearings are available in a wide variety of iterations and in a number of different materials. However, they are usually made from the combination of a soft material and a hard material. Typically, these materials are self lubricating materials like graphite or high performance polymers. Their goal is to provide low resistance to motion. Other materials with which slide bearings are commonly made include: babbitt, PTFE coated bronze and polymers like nylon, urethane, rulon, PEEK and vespel. If a material is not self lubricating, it may require the supplement of a lubricant to keep the friction levels low. To help distinguish between bearings and their levels of lubrication, bearings used are divided into three classes. Bearings in Class I require the application of lubricant from an external force, while bearings in Class II, such as carbon, graphite, or bronze, contain a lubricant within their walls. To reach maximum performance levels, Class II bearings can receive the application of a lubricant from an external source. Finally, Class III slide bearings are considered self-lubricating. Of all slide bearing designs available, the most common is the sandwich style. The sandwich style of slide bearing consists of two plates of low friction material sandwiched in between metal backing plates. Said plates are typically attached to a high strength metal bar, such as a steel bar, which helps it bear the weight of the load being moved. In addition to these, other possible components of sandwich slide bearings include intermittent rail supports, shaft end blocks and shaft end supports.

When designing a precision linear bearing system such as a slide bearing system, manufacturers must consider a number of different factors. Factors such as these include: the desired speed of the motion system, the projected size of the motion system, the dimensions of the area in which the motion system will be installed, the intended load of the bearing system, the temperature(s) to which the system will most likely be exposed and the physical elements (such as dirt and dust) it may encounter. This helps them decide many different things, such as in what way a slide bearing system may need to be attached to a structure. Possible solutions to that include: by welding, with bolts and with industrial adhesives. Likewise, knowing the details of the environment in which slide bearings will be placed helps manufacturers decide if perhaps a system would benefit from the addition of bellows or covers. Additions such as these can be easily attached to a slide system in order to shield in from dirt particles, which would undoubtedly interfere with the low friction properties borne by slide bearings.

Slide bearings are an advantageous addition to any linear motion system for a number of reasons. First, they typically last far longer than roller bearings or ball bearings. This is even more true if the slide bearings are constructed from high performance materials. In addition, slide bearings are much quieter than other linear motion systems that provide similar services. This is because, as they do not have any metal components rotating and rattling around within the railings, the only sound they make is the barely audible noise of slides gliding against one another. Also, because slide bearings are constructed using fewer fewer materials, last much longer and are highly adaptable and versatile, they are far more cost effective than ball bearings or roller bearings. Note that, as with any system exposed to outdoor elements and regular wear and tear, all slide bearings will eventually have to be repaired or replaced. However, the time that it takes for this to come to pass is much longer than their contemporaries. For more in-depth information on how slide bearings may be incorporated into your application, what materials and/or configurations may be best for your application and how much they may cost, reach out to one or more of the many linear bearing system manufacturers we have listed on this page. To fit your unique needs, they can offer both standard and custom configurations.

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Slide Bearings – Bishop-Wisecarver Corporation
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Slide Bearings – Turnomat Company
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Slide Bearings – Bishop-Wisecarver Corporation
Slide Bearings – Bishop-Wisecarver Corporation
Slide Bearings – Bishop-Wisecarver Corporation

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