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.

  • Bethel, CT

    Our slide bearings will provide you with smooth, accurate straight line design to make your operations function smoothly. Our engineers and technicians will work closely with you in order to come up with a product that will be the custom part that you have been searching for. All of our slide bearings are made in the United States of America in order to better serve you. Get in touch with our customer service department today!

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  • Bethel, CT

    We are dedicated to providing the slide bearings that you have been searching for! Our products are used in industries worldwide and we want to bring that quality to you! It is our goal that we will be able to match you with a product that will perfectly suit your needs. All of our products are rigorously tested before leaving our facilities to further ensure that you are receiving the highest quality products possible. Visit us on the web to learn more today!

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  • Hatfield, PA

    Isotech is a distributor of precision linear motion components -- crossed roller linear bearings, ball slide assemblies, crossed roller slide tables, motorized tables, position stages and more.

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  • Rocky Hill, CT

    At Hartford Technologies, we take pride in our commitment to precision engineering and cutting-edge technology, positioning ourselves as a leading provider of linear bearings. With a rich history rooted in excellence, we have consistently pushed the boundaries of what's possible, delivering high-performance linear bearings that cater to diverse industrial needs.

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Slide Bearings Industry Information

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.

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Applications of Slide Bearings

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.

Materials Used in Manufacturing Slide Bearings

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.

Types of Slide Bearings

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.

Slide Bearing Design and Function

Slide bearing systems, roller bearing systems, and ball bearing systems all share 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.

When designing a precision linear bearing system, such as a slide bearing system, manufacturers must consider a number of different factors. These factors 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 manufacturers decide many different things, such as in what way a slide bearing system may need to be attached to a structure. If this is not desired, manufacturers can use welding, bolts, and 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 it from dirt particles, which would undoubtedly interfere with the low friction properties borne by slide bearings.

Benefits of Using 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 the only sound they make is the barely audible noise of slides gliding against one another, as they do not have any metal components rotating and rattling around within the railings.

Also, because slide bearings are constructed using 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, 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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