What are Maintenance Free Bearings?

You will come across many types of bearings available on the market. Which bearing is right for your business and its applications? Knowing the types of bearings available and what they are used for can be helpful. Today we are going to have a look at self-lubricating or maintenance free bearings. Maintenance free bearings are typically spherical plain bearings that don’t require lubrication. They are required in applications where the bearings used must provide a long lifespan, without the need for any maintenance. Most bearings require lubrication as a large part of their maintenance. They are also required in applications where lubricating the bearing is impossible or awkward.

Maintenance free bearings have a low friction offering and come available in a variety of configurations. These include steel on PTFE composite material, steel on PTFE plastic, steel on copper alloys and steel on PTFE fabric configurations. You will also find oil-filled sintered bronze bearings and lubrication-free solid polymer bearings. It is only with many bearing lubrication technological advancements that traditional bearings have been improved and changed to the point where maintenance free bearings could become a possibility. These bearings are most commonly used in industrial plants, manufacturing plants and similar industries where heavy-duty machinery and equipment is required.

If you are looking for a maintenance free bearing with the highest load capacity, the steel on PTFE fabric spherical plain bearing is the right choice. The bearings with the lightest load capacity are the steel on PTFE plastic variety. However, the plastic variety is best used in applications outdoors, as they can handle weather with greater ease. In general, maintenance free bearings will help a company to cut back on costs, as applications and machinery making use of these bearings will experience considerably less wear and tear. They offer improved resistance and greater performance than regular bearings.

There is a definite demand on the market for bearings that are maintenance free. In fact, this is one of the reasons why we engineer and stock such a wide variety of them at Technoslide. We only associate our name with the finest quality bearings in the industry, so when you invest in a Technoslide bearing, rest assured that you’re investing in quality.

If you are looking for a range of maintenance free bearings to assist with the smooth running of your plant, contact us at Technoslide. We are available via email and telephone, and look forward to assisting your further.