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Virtual Panel Event about Industrial Connectivity

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This 60-minute virtual panel discussion between industry experts will explore the intersection of connectivity (more)

UKIVA Machine Vision Conference



Join us on 15 July 2021 on the MVC Technology Presentation Hub and explore eight online seminar theatres. (more)

PPMA Show 2021

NEC, Birmingham(B40 1NT)

28/09/2021 - 30/09/2021

PPMA Show 2021 will be the UK’s largest ever event dedicated to state-of-the-art processing and (more)

Southern Manufacturing

Farnborough, Hants(GU14 6TQ)

06/10/2021 - 07/10/2021

Southern Manufacturing and Electronics is the most comprehensive annual industrial exhibition in the (more)

Advanced Engineering 2021

NEC Birmingham(B40 1NT)

03/11/2021 - 04/11/2021

Join us in our 12th and most important edition to date, as we invite engineers and management from all (more)

Hybrid bearings up to 1m diameter

Hybrid bearings up to 1m diameter Kaydon's ability to engineer bearings to suit the individual requirements of a specific application is well exemplified by a unique product that has just gone into production. This special hybrid bearing, used in a three-bearing swivel module on a new fighter jet exhaust system, is the first of its kind to be commercially adopted. Whilst other companies were initially involved in the project, the Kaydon design proved its outstanding ability to operate well in temperatures up to 600degC. The bearing has a bore diameter of 1m and its manufacture has required the design of bespoke tooling and the use of special, difficult to machine materials. As well as these bespoke hybrid bearings, RA Rodriguez also offers a standard range for general harsh environment applications. These bearings owe their ability to extend the mean time between performance failure to a combination of ceramic balls and hardened steel races. This combination offers several advantages over all-steel bearings and makes hybrid bearings the ideal choice for harsh environments. Hybrid bearings provide longer life and lower wear than steel bearings because the ceramic rolling elements reduce surface flow induced fatigue. And the higher ball hardness minimises the effects of wear debris tracking. Due to their low friction characteristics, hybrid bearings therefore perform well with minimal lubrication and indeed greatly extend lubricant life. As the ceramic material is inert, hybrid bearings offer improved corrosion resistance. They are also electrically resistant and non-magnetic. The ceramic balls eliminate arcing across the bearing and greatly reduce electrical interference in applications such as instrument bearings.

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