In the world of bearings, things can get a little confusing. One particular type of bearing can go by several different names and the most important thing is for you to ensure that you buy a product that has been designed for the type of application in which you will use it. Failure to do so could result in application failure, damage, or worse. The sleeve bearing is one such bearing that goes by more than one name. They may also be called called bushings, plain bearings, or linear bearings. These bearings have a specific design that enables them to slide between moving surfaces.
When choosing sleeve bearings, it is important to take into consideration the velocity and load that will be applied. If you want to keep maintenance efforts and costs down to a minimum, invest in maintenance-free sleeve bearings that are self-lubricating. There is a multitude of different types of sleeve bearing available on the market and you will find that various materials may be used in their manufacture, including metal, plastic, and composites. Many suppliers will be able to offer you access to a range of self-lubricating composite bearings, self-lubricating metallic bearings, and compound plastic bearings, all from their ranges of sleeve bearings. Sintered bronze and even brass sleeve bearings are popular in many applications as well.
Sleeve bearings typically have a high load and velocity capacity and as such, they are an excellent choice for heavy-duty applications, including in engines, machines, and even turbines. Due to their high load-bearing capacity, these bearings can ensure that engines and machinery run quietly and smoothly, while offering a long service life. Because they are one of the most commonly used bearings today, they are also conveniently affordable, and modern designs are compact and lightweight.
At Technoslide, we pride ourselves on manufacturing and distributing the finest range of bearings in South Africa. We take every precaution to ensure that our products meet SABS standards and that the materials used are guaranteed to ensure a long lasting, durable, and reliable bearing. In most instances, you might know precisely which bearing type you need and what material it needs to be made from, but in the event that you need some advice and guidance choosing the right bearing, do not hesitate to contact us.
We are available via email and telephone and look forward to supplying you with a range of bearings that will not let you down.