Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Which Thrust Bearing Is Best?

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At Atlas Bronze, bearings are one of our specialties. Ball thrust bearings are a type of bearing made with two washers (known as raceways) and several ball bearings housed between them. Thrust bearings are a type of rotary bearing and their strength is in bearing axial loads—they are not designed for handling radial loads. While all rotary bearings function by facilitating the rotation of two or more parts, thrust bearings are unique in that they can perform this function while supporting axial loads in a wide range of sizes.

Choosing Thrust Bearings


One of the first variables involved in choosing the right thrust bearings for your application is the size. Thrust bearing assemblies include two thrust washers and a ball retainer in a wide range of sizes. If readymade sizes do not work for your application, we can also fabricate custom-made thrust bearing washers tailored to your needs.

Next, you’ll need to choose which material you’d like your thrust bearings to be made from. While nylon retainers are available, metal retainers offer superior strength. When it comes to the ball bearings and thrust washers, think about the application you’re purchasing thrust bearings for and the environment. Is corrosion-resistance important? Does the material need to be safe for food and beverage processing? Is strength a high priority? There are different types of thrust bearings for different purposes. Chrome steel, stainless steel, sintered bronze, and brass are some of the most common materials used to manufacture thrust bearings, although ceramic and combinations of ceramic and metal are sometimes used as well for certain types of applications.

At Atlas Bronze, we manufacture thrust bearing washers with sintered bronze. Sintered bronze thrust washers are rigid, temperature-resistant, and strong. They’re resistant to wear and they can be made self-lubricating by using oil impregnation. With their self-dampening features, sintered bronze thrust washers operate quietly. The military chooses sintered bronze thrust bearings for use in weapons and aircraft because of their reliability.

If you’re not sure which material is best for your ball thrust bearings, we’re happy to help you. Our sales team has experience working with customers from a wide range of industries and we can explain the pros and cons of each of the materials and help you decide if sintered bronze is right for your application.

Applications for Thrust Bearings


Thrust bearings are commonly used in food and beverage processing, point of purchase displays, automation, medical instruments, aerospace, marine and automotive applications. Thrust bearings are often used in applications that operate at high speeds and that require lubrication, like turbines, motors, generators, compressors, and pumps. (Want to learn more? Here’s what to know about thrust bearings.)

Learn More About Atlas Bronze Thrust Bearings


To find out more about sintered bronze thrust bearings from Atlas Bronze, contact us at 1-800-478-0887 to speak to one of our knowledgeable sales representatives about our selection. We’ll ask you questions about your application and listen to your needs and concerns. From there, we can help you decide the right types of thrust bearings for your purposes. We look forward to working with you!

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