The Importance of Bearings

Bearings are some of the most common parts in civil-engineering structures and mechanical machinery. Hundreds of these parts are present in every vehicle on the road as well and they are even used in bridges and other structures. They are used for their basic function of limiting relative movement between parts or sections to a single plane. These machine parts can assist in various ways, easing the load, taking up slack, or allowing parts to rotate in a controlled environment.

A plethora of different bearings are used today and each has a different design and function to enable structures and machine to work reliably. The basic concept behind them is to control movement within a structure or piece of machinery. Civil-engineering structures are far more complex in design than they may appear on the surface. Bridges must be designed to carry heavy loads on a vertical plane without structurally failing due to overloading. But that is not where the loads or forces working in on these structure end. They should also be able to deal with horizontal and unexpected forces.

The most basic and obvious horizontal force that can influence a structure such as a bridge or tall building is wind. By installing civil bearings at the correct locations in such a structure, the sections are allowed some movement between each other to deal with these stresses. Another aspect is preparing for unexpected forces that could potentially destroy such a structure. Seismic activity is something that occurs across the world. Not all places are similarly affected but structures must allow for it. Civil bearings are designed to allow for linear movement between sections of a structure.

Other designs bring us back to the cyclical-rotation concept – these are the ones typically used between mechanical machinery’s stationary and spinning parts. All types of gearboxes, wheels, and other rotating parts within a machine will normally be connected to a bearing to allow for rotation without movement in any other planes. The size of these parts varies greatly and is entirely dependent upon the size of the parts and machinery. Therefore, they can reach huge diameters in massive machines and need special attention when they are serviced or repaired.

Technoslide is your answer to everything surrounding white-metal and civil-engineering bearings. We offer solutions for manufacturing custom white-metal derivatives, analysing a failed part, and replacing that part with a new and more effective version. Whenever you need bearing experts, you can trust us to have a solution for you. Please contact us today with any further enquiries surrounding our services.