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When to use a thin section bearing to boost performance?

01 March 2022

It would be difficult to imagine how the modern industrial age would have developed without…bearings. Every kind of machine that requires motion makes use of bearings in some way, to smooth its path and reduce friction.

Such an important piece of technology has a long and well-documented history, stretching back to the Stone Age. A huge leap forward in the development of bearings was helped by improved metal-forming processes at the start of the industrial age. This is when Philip Vaughan received a patent for a ball bearing made of steel in 1794, the design of which became the basic blueprint for today’s ball bearing. 

Fast forward to now, and the ubiquitous ball bearing and bearing assemblies continue to be vital motion control components within a huge range of industrial and manufacturing machines. Today, the rapidly increasing demands of robotics and advanced automation have seen the development of more compact, lightweight thin section bearings. These high-precision components have become essential across many industries. For example, aerospace, defence, satellite systems, optical lenses, semiconductor manufacturing, and camera gimbals. 

Read the full article in the March issue of DPA

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