When it comes to any vehicle including an aircraft, securing hardware is a primary task that needs to be done for safety. Loose hardware wiring can be a cause of tragic accidents and threaten many lives. As a result, it is crucial to secure the aircraft’s bolts and fasteners with safety wires to prevent accidents. Furthermore, one should always check such assemblies often to confirm whether they are tight and ready before take-off.


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Roller bearings are mechanical components that support connecting and rotating shafts to help with movement and mobilization within machinery. Essentially, thesy are metal elements utilized to reduce friction and are equipped to handle radial, axial, and thrust loads. Moreover, they are found in a wide range of applications from the motor industry to home appliances, making them incredibly versatile devices. As such, there are different types of roller bearings available on the market, some of which we will outline in this blog.
 


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Bearings of any type are not ever-lasting components. Over time, they experience wear, corrosion, and other forms of degradation depending on the applications in which they are installed. However, it is not common for them to fail without reason. Consisting of a donut-shaped piece of material, bearings are intended to restrict or limit the motion of a machine’s moving parts while simultaneously reducing friction between such parts.
 


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A shaft bearing is a common mechanical component, often placed within assemblies to bear applied loads while facilitating the rotational or sliding movement between parts. With their general, yet important, role, shaft bearings commonly find use in a wide variety of applications ranging from industrial machinery to aerospace vehicles. To accommodate a diverse set of industries and needs, shaft bearings come in various types and designs, each varying in its qualities and characteristics.
 


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In general, bearings are specialized components that assist an object’s rotation. Typically supporting the shaft that rotates inside machinery, bearings are found in automobiles, aircraft, electric generators, and more. As they find countless uses, bearings are available in varying types, one of which is called a rolling bearing.
 


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Bearings are specialized mechanical elements that assist objects’ rotation while simultaneously reducing friction between moving parts. Thin section bearings are a type of standard bearing, but differentiate themselves in their subtle cross sections, making them highly sensitive to shaft and housing tolerances. As such, using them in assemblies should be done with care, and finding the proper bearing for your applications is paramount.


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Bearings are components that are common to countless assemblies, often being used to facilitate and constrain motion while reducing friction between moving parts. Axle and wheel bearings in particular are two components that are common to automobiles and similar vehicles, allowing for wheels to turn with freedom while ensuring that the weight of the vehicle is supported and that assemblies have proper alignment. As both bearings are crucial for the standard functionality of wheels, it is important that one amply understands their functionality and maintenance.


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Built as a rolling mechanical assembly, bearings facilitate different types of load, thrust, and radial movement between moving parts along a track. Constructed in multiple forms to support various applications, bearings are used to constrain relative motion along a track while ensuring a desired motion is achieved. This dramatically reduces friction between all moving parts, providing high rotational speeds for rotating or oscillating machinery. Operating off of their own unique set of principles, common bearing types include: plain bearings, rolling element bearings (i.e., ball bearings, roller bearings), jewel bearings, fluid bearings, magnetic bearings, flexure bearings, and more.


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Friction refers to the resistance that a surface faces when moving across another, often being a condition that can wear components down and prevent them from optimally performing. For the wheels of an automobile, aircraft, or other ground vehicles, smooth rotation with minimal friction is crucial for forward movement and standard operations. Wheel bearings are a primary component of countless wheel assemblies, coming in the form of Ball bearings and roller bearings that facilitate rotation. As a crucial part present in various vehicles, regular maintenance and inspection is required to prevent equipment damage and failures.


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Bearings are machine components that are present in countless assemblies, capable of mitigating the friction generated between moving parts while also constraining motion. As bearings often take on a variety of radial and axial loads when implemented within numerous construction types, there are many forms of bearings that have been developed over the years to accommodate different applications. Plain and sleeve bearings are two types that are often found in many assemblies, the latter being a specific form of plain bearing. As common machine elements to countless assemblies, having a general understanding of both types can be beneficial when searching for a bearing solution for a particular need.


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