No lubrication needed with these types of bearings is a key feature. Dust and contaminates will eventually settle on the operating surfaces and cause performance degradation. This feature (along with preventing food contamination) is an important advantage with this product over lubricated bearings.
This is a very interesting article on plastic ball bearings...from what I understand they are also lighter and quieter than other types. I wonder what the cost comparison is regarding steel or ceramic ball bearings but you would also have to factor in the plastic bearings comparitively lower maintenance and longer expected cycles into the equation...
Very informative post Michael. One of the most difficult consulting jobs I have ever had was specifying bearings for conveyors used in a chain of bakeries. The issue was sugar granules getting into the bearing components and creating a remarkably short bearing life. Sealed bearings did not seem to do the job adequately. For this one department, I did specify a polymer. That saved the day. Again, very good post. Good information.
Plastic bearings do offer very real advantages in some applications, but it is absolutely vital to assure that the bearing selected is adequate for the application. Of course, that is true with all bearing types, but sometimes the failure of an incorrectly applied plastic bearing can be quite impressive, even spectacular. So just as with other types of bearings, the application is not a trivial matter. The correct selection will assure satisfactory performance.
The resistance to water and other liquids that are quite hard on regular bearings can be a very big benefit.
Cost effective, robust and easy to manufacture? What's not to like but like, however I agree with William in that it depends on the application as well as the environment on which type of bearing works best.
Another place these plastic bearings are being used is in a concept car, the Personal Transport Vehicle by Redbud Technology http://www.redbudtechnologyllc.com/3.html according to an igus press release I just saw here http://igus.com/Corporate/Press/5536/student-built-personal-transport-vehicle-uses-plastic-bearings
What makes this movie stand out from the typical high school sports story is that the teenagers are undocumented immigrants, and the big game is a NASA-sponsored marine robotics competition. Like many other Hollywood movies, however, Spare Parts only tells part of the story. What the film shows -- and doesn’t show -- raises important issues affecting STEM education in the US.
Instead of sifting through huge amounts of technical data looking for answers to assembly problems, engineers can now benefit from 3M's new initiative -- 3M Assembly Solutions. The company has organized its wealth of adhesive and tape solutions into six typical application areas, making it easier to find the best products to solve their real-world assembly and bonding problems.
Load dump occurs when a discharged battery is disconnected while the alternator is generating current and other loads remain on the alternator circuit. If left alone, the electrical spikes and transients will be transmitted along the power line, leading to malfunctions in individual electronics/sensors or permanent damage to the vehicle’s electronic system. Bottom line: An uncontrolled load dump threatens the overall safety and reliability of the vehicle.
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