Finding the proper bushing is important, but it’s not the only thing to consider when developing the best bearing system. Correct mounting is just as vital in order to allow the busing to properly function and for maximum efficiency.
Tractors and combines, along with hay balers and harvesters, have many moving parts that are made possible with bearings and ball joints. To maintain these heavy-duty machines under optimal performance conditions, special attention to bearing lubrication is necessary.
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.
When it comes to ATV and off-road vehicles, bumps in the road are expected – and even sought out. However, their toll on the suspension system needs to be kept in check. Traditionally, a stabilizer link is added to maintain a smoother ride for the on or off road riding experience.
A recent LinkedIn question was posed regarding the Square Ball Universal JointTM and its mechanics. John Sweetwood, the bearing's co-designer, answers the questions regarding pins, seals and cost in this post.
Bearing distributors are a vital business partner. After all, they provide the components that make your finished products move. However, there may come a time when you should re-think the partnership – either as a growth initiative or due to a breakdown in the relationship.
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.