MRC released its High-Temperature Plane Bearing Inserts, which function at temperatures up to 500F. Three-part construction includes inner rings made of 316 stainless steel and outer rings made of 304 stainless steel. Both rings are anti-corrosive. A polymer sleeve is used to reduce friction and allow the bearing to operate at higher speeds. According to MRC, the polymer also replaces the need for lubrication and provides a nearly maintenance-free operation.
Diameters range from ¾ inch to 1 15/16 inch and an anti-rotation key slot in the outer sleeve mates with a set screw in the housing to prevent rotation. These bearings are also USDA-approved for contact with meat, poultry and dairy, either incidentally or directly.
At this year's MD&M West show, lots of material suppliers are talking about new formulations for wearables and things that stick to the skin, whether it's adhesives, wound dressings, skin patches and other drug delivery devices, or medical electronics.
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