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Specialist Ball Bearings and Application

As the leading ball bearings supplier in Yorkshire, YB Components supply clients all over the UK and the rest of the world with all types of bearings. Not only is there a range of standardised ball bearings to choose from, there is also a number of specialist ball bearings which are better suited to certain applications.

Here we look at some of these specialist ball bearings and what makes them different to standard bearings.

Ceramic Ball Bearings

Ceramic ball bearings are most often used in high speed applications or those that generate or otherwise operate at high temperatures. The ceramic material they are made from is silicon nitride, which features low density and useful electrical insulation properties.

They maintain a high hardness and stiffness which makes them operationally excellent in high temperature environments. In addition, the ceramic material is very smooth so they generate less friction during operation, enabling ceramic ball bearings to spin faster and use up less grease life compared to other types of bearing.

Stainless Steel Bearings

A fairly common specialist bearing are stainless steel ball bearings. Yorkshire’s YB Component supply this type to many different industries, though they are most frequently used in the food and drink industry. These bearings are useful for any applications that must be highly efficienct while producing little noise and minimal torque.

A stainless steel ball bearing has similar running properties as a standard steel ball bearing, but it will have a lower load carrying capacity. However, its main advantage over a standard steel bearing is its higher resistance to heat and moisture.

Precision Bearings

Precision bearings are unsurprisingly used in applications that require a high degree of accuracy. They generate a low amount of heat during operation, and can be used at very high speeds. Precision bearings are very stiff and are often used in machine tools and woodworking equipment.

Usually, precision bearings will be deployed in either sets of two or three, depending on the amount of precision and rigidity required in the application.

Thin Section Bearings

You can also ask your local ball bearings supplier in Yorkshire about thin section bearings, which are handy when space is at a premium. This type of bearing is especially lightweight, but will also often come with a variety of load capabilities and many different cross sections and size options.

Thin section ball bearings are very precise while producing little noise, while also maintaining a high load carrying capacity. They are most commonly used with machine tools, medical equipment and textile machinery.

If you require any standard or specialist ball bearings, then contact YB Components who are the UK’s leading ball bearings supplier in Yorkshire. We keep local stocks of all such parts and more ready to ship out fast and free all over the UK and the rest of the world.