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5 Formulas To Take the Guesswork Out of Plain Bearing Selection

October 18, 2016

5 Formulas To Take the Guesswork Out of Plain Bearing Selection

Plain bearing selection may seem complicated based on the sheer numbers of materials and shapes, but with a few detailed questions, we can help guide you to the right material choice. We’ll typically begin by asking questions such as what are the expected loads? How high are your operating temperatures? And what are the everyday operating conditions like? To help simplify the process ― and take the guesswork out of plain bearing selection ― we also recommend reviewing these 5 key formulas:

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5 Different Types of Plane Bearings (And Common Uses)

December 1, 2015

5 Different Types of Plane Bearings

I’ve just returned from a great week of customer visits, and had some interesting conversations along the way. At one site, I was asked about the different types of plane bearings and their common uses. Plane bearings offer a simple design, yet a complex design envelope. They are a great choice for industrial applications where high-load, long-life and low-maintenance are critical to performance.

Here’s a quick recap of the primary plane bearings and common uses:

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4 Factors that Impact Plane Bearings and P, V and PV (WATCH)

June 23, 2015

4 Factors that Impact Plane Bearings and P, V and PV

P, V and PV – how do they impact a plane bearing system? Let’s take a quick review of this important connection. Plane bearings are basically rolling element bearings in their simplest form; they provide good value, easy installation and serve a multitude of industries. And plastic plane bearings have the advantage of a self-lubricating design to reduce manual greasing costs. 

When choosing the right plane bearing for your application, we, of course, look at bearing load (P), relative velocity (V), temperature variations and environmental considerations. But there are 4 other factors that are critical to help determine a material’s ability to handle P, V and PV:

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What is a Plane Bearing? Or is it a Plain Bearing?

March 26, 2015

What is a Plane Bearing? Or is it a Plain Bearing? First let’s settle this important question, is it a “plane” bearing or a “plain” bearing? And survey says? Both spellings are correct, although this bearing supplier prefers plane bearing. 

Now that we have that settled, the question then becomes, what is a plane bearing exactly? We have the answer to that question, too!

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Plane Bearings and Operating Limits: A composite comparison

July 1, 2014

Comparison of Operating Limits - Plane Bearing MaterialsI had a great conversation this week with an engineer seeking materials for a plane bearing application.  We spoke at length about the pros and cons of different materials including composites, bronze, acetals, and carbon alloy.  We also reviewed how PV is the most important factor in determining how well a material will perform as a plane bearing.   Pressure, velocity, heat and temperatures are also contributing factors. 

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Q&A - How can I measure the performance of plane bearings?

April 8, 2014

Calculating PV for Plane BearingsTo predict the performance of plastic plane bearings, two critical elements must be considered – Pressure (P) and Velocity (V).  Here’s a quick review of the formula we use:

P equals the load placed on a bearing assembly
V is the surface speed (in feet per minute) at which an object moves
PV is the combined effect of the pressure of the object as it moves against the bearing surface.

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