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Author: CCTY Bearing

When a forklift OEM provided samples for a tie rod quote, CCTY Bearing engineers took a look at the overall design. Based on knowledge from working with similar applications in the commercial truck industry, the engineers were able to improve the tie rods used in the steering mechanism. Tie rods in forklift steering are traditionally metal-on-metal, which requires periodic re-greasing and leads to a shortened lifespan. They also include a coil spring and two cups behind the ball joint. CCTY Bearing’s design utilized a metal on nylon, self-lubricating design that eliminated the need for cups and the spring – providing cost savings.

Hydraulic & pneumatic cylinders including shocks have a term called cushioning. Cushioning is required to decelerate a cylinder's piston stroke before it hits its lowest point and strikes the end cap. Excess cushioning increases the time it takes for the piston to reach the end of its stroke, and not enough cushioning increases the impact shock at the end of stroke.

Science Breakthrough

Lubrication is what keeps a bearing in motion over time. It’s a vital element when it comes to the life of a bearing as it works to lower friction while keeping the bearing from overheating. When friction is low, it results in less energy – and in the case of piston assembly friction reduction in internal combustion engines, less gas and oil.