A self-lubricating sintered bearing is a metallic component with high porosity (20-25% in volume), impregnated in a lubricant oil. We offer a range of self-lubricating bronze bearings in a range of markets areas and can offer custom bushing design to best meet your needs. GGB Self-lubricating and Prelubricated Bearings GGB is proud to be the world’s largest manufacturer of metal-polymer plain bearings. The standard range of composite plain bearings is very comprehensive and covers almost every standard size. These additional materials stabilize the bushing for applications involving continuous stress. Self-lubricating plastic plain bearings offer technical advantages in comparison to metal or metal-backed bearings. Development of Self Lubricating Sintered Steels for Tribological Applications (PDF) (Thesis). Common applications for bushings include pumps, food applications such as bakery ovens and bottling plants, as well as in mixers, oil pumps, meters, and more. Self-lubrication ensures frictional forces on the bearings and drive system remain consistent, and no added grease or oil is required that can attract contaminants that destroy conventional bearings. Thus, the bushing of the present invention comprises a cylindrical body including an internal cylindrical bearing surface, a cavity or reservoir for storing a liquid or semi-liquid lubricant, at least one passageway extending between the cavity and the bearing surface to permit the flow of lubricant from the cavity to the bearing surface, and finally a cover or casing which is mounted to and over the bushing body to enclose the cavity. One of the important properties of bronze as a bearing material is its ability to conduct heat away from the bearing surface. Because no grease or oil is used, these bushings do not attract dust or foreign matter. GRAPHALLOY bushings eliminate fire hazards; operate intermittently and unattended over long periods; operate where machines self lubricating bearing must be steam cleaned. A bushing is a type of bearing in the form of a straight or flanged tube for sliding applications. The present invention relates to bushings and, more particularly, to a composite and self-lubricating bushing for use in die sets, presses and other heavy duty machinery. Oilite bearings are manufactured in three standard materials. Clever advertising gimmicks and inaccurate training materials often claim self-lubricating” or lubed for life” capabilities for systems or components that do not fit the definition of the lubrication being an integral element of the bearing material. As Bushings or Seals in water pumps, gasoline pumps, spray pumps, meters, foot bearings, mixers, dye jigs, food and pharmaceutical equipment, bleaching and washing tanks, and rotary filters; even in molten metals. An important distinction to make is that self-lubricating bearings are not bearings that come pre-applied with grease or oil lubricant – these bearings are instead referred to as prelubricated bearings. A wide range of lubricants are available to meet specific requirements within a temperature range of -60°C to 200°C, lubricant additives are also available to impart anti-wear properties in marginal lubrication conditions. AST’s 650 Series of Bushings is suitable for such high-load, low-speed, high-temperature applications such as: iron and steel manufacturing equipment, automotive machinery, injection molding machines, food processing, paper, chemical and textile machinery and other heavy industrial applications. The dry-running nature of these bearings means dirt particles do not stick to the surface, but instead deflect off it. For this reason, optimal performance can be maintained even in extremely dirty environments. In fact, in the particular application of die set use, the optimum bearing layer thickness, for bore lengths of 2-4 inches (lengths normal for die set use) has been found to be between 0.010 to 0.030 inches. This method of compaction is particularly well suited to bushings adapted for the particular application of die set use, to which the preferred embodiment of this invention is directed. 7. The bushing of claim 6 further comprising at least one recess on said bearing layer, said recess being aligned with said one passageway to facilitate distribution of said lubricant on said bearing layer. However, under high velocity and extreme load conditions such lubricants are quickly dissipated; and if the tool operator is not diligent in the proper and periodic application of lubricant, it is possible that a bushing may seize despite all of the foregoing design precautions. The solid lubricants are embedded as microscopic particles in millions of tiny chambers in the fiber-reinforced material. 2, the bushing 10 may also include an externally accessible filling port 26 having a conventional grease fitting 28. Filling port 26 is positioned in direct communication with one of the recesses 20 and through the network of recesses 20 and passageway 18 is in communication with cavity 14. Accordingly, the bushing may be refilled with lubricant simply by application of a conventional grease gun to grease fitting 28. The tool operator will be able to determine when cavity 14 is filled when excess lubricant begins to discharge from orifice 23.
All spherical bearings can be supplied in various grades of sintered bronze and iron, with lubricants to suit different applications. Prelubricated bearings will require relubrication at some point in their service life. Teflon coated materials: PTFE can be used to coat bearing surfaces in several ways. CSB with more than 20 years in the industry, has become a world-class manufacture of self-lubricating materials used in steel backed bi-metal bronze bushings and many other types solid self-lubricating applications. CSB-EPB series bushings are made using injection molding, utilizing high performance engineering plastic mixed with proper intensifier and lubricants that significantly improve the bearing load capacity and impact resistance of the bushing. These bearings are solid or hollow cylinders, to be machined to final dimensions when the system is not ready for standard SELFOIL® bearings. Lubrication-free bushings don’t need lubricating oil because the bearing body has a lubricating structure made possible by lubricating oil in the bearing body, or by embedded solid lubricant or the like. High reistance to be cavitation and flow erosion damage of the polymer bearing surface by the lubricant, Excellent wear resistant. This recess facilitates distribution of the lubricant on the internal bearing surface. The porous bearing layer is formed by compacting and sintering a particulate bearing material. Check out our line of self-lubricating, metallic and POM bushes – and DU bushing and DX bushing alternatives. Oil impregnated bronze: Bronze bearings are very porous and have lightweight oil soaked into the material. Porous bearing layers in this state simply cannot be properly sintered and machined to a dimensionally uniform state, which state is required for proper die set use, and other similar applications. GRAPHALLOY is a self lubricating material and operates as a bearing without additional lubrication.These long-wearing bushings never need lubrication. Click here to learn more about Graphalloy in submerged applications. 9. The composite bushing of claim 1 wherein said thickness of said bearing layer is between 0.010 and 0.030 inches. Figure 1. The benefits of solid polymer bearings include resistance to dirt and impact. This plastic liner contains a solid lubricant which is displaced from the bearing onto the shaft during movement. The bushing may be fabricated by positioning the steel body concentrically over an elastomeric plug, charging the annular cavity between the body and the plug with a sinterable particulate, expanding the elastomeric plug diametrically to compact the particulate, removing the plug and heating the bearing body and compacted particulate. There are many pros when it comes to choosing metallic self-lubricating bushings , such as their massive strength due to the metal backing and solid lubricants. The advantages conferred by this self-lubricating layer include a low coefficient of friction and high load capacity — up to 36,260 pounds per square inch (psi) compared to the 1,450 psi achievable with sintered bronze bearings. Spyraflo sintered bronze bearing in a special self-clinching steel housing. Those skilled in the art will recognize that the bushing of the present invention provides an advantage over prior art bushings in that operator lubrication of the bushing is necessary much less frequently, in fact, on only an extended periodic basis. It is also known in the prior art to introduce a sinterable particulate material into a bushing’s annular cavity, and compact the particulate material against the inner surface of the bushing in situ by means of a rigid and tubular-shaped compacting punch which enters the space between a center plug and the interior die wall. Click here to learn about GRAPHALLOY self-lubricating bushings mounted in stainless steel pillow blocks. Ideal in a wide variety of applications where self-lubricating properties are required over a long period of time. It is well known to provide all of these prior art bushings with means for lubrication, such as a lubricating fitting so that grease or other lubricants may be periodically introduced to the internal bearing surface. This means that workers don’t need to spend excess time lubricating the actual bearings themselves. 1 and 2, the bushing of the present invention, designated generally as 10, is shown to include a monolithic body 12, a lubricant cavity or reservoir 14, an internal bearing surface 16, one or more internal passageways 18, at least one recess 20 in the bearing surface 16, and a cover 22 mounted to cylindrical body 12 in order to enclose the lubricant cavity 14. Hardened steel bushings are widely used at present and, when properly lubricated and maintained in alignment, will provide excellent service and wear life at moderate press speeds.
In order to properly integrate the bearing into a linear motion system, the linear shafting needs to be cleaned with a 3-in-1® type of oil to ensure a clean transfer of material. Our superior range of sintered bushes includes premium quality 4-wheeler self starter bushes. Some prior art dies, where greater pin and bushing clearance can be tolerated, may be fitted with solid bronze bushings inserted into the steel or iron body of the die. This problem is exacerbated in thin porous bearing layers used with bushings of substantial length, such as those used with die sets. Solid plugs of graphite are usually inserted into holes in the base bronze material. Self-lubrication is characterized by the bearings ability to transfer microscopic amounts of material to the mating surface. Of course, the precise composition of the particulate will depend upon the specific application in which the bearing or bushing is to be used. Iron Oilite® are 100% iron oil-retaining bearings which provide an ideal solution in high stress low revolution applications. Under the optimum conditions, this oil is drawn to the bearing surface creating a lubricated layer between the bearing and the shaft. Users should choose a bearings manufacturer with the ability to accurately calculate bushing lifetime in a specific application based on an extensive tribological test database. Small Parts & Bearings offers 126919 products in 2533 categories including couplings, screws, hex nuts, ball bearings, roller bearings, thrust bearings, ceramic and hybrid bearings, stainless steel bearings, miniature bearings, shafting, corrosion resistant – see the full listing in the Online Catalogue We have excellent Freight Rates within Australia and worldwide. This range comprises straight and flanged bushings, thrust washers and strips. There are three types of self-lubricating plain bearings used today. The plastic base material ensures that the solid lubricants do not receive a surface pressure that is too high. In the event that your requirements cannot be met by stock items, our bespoke service enables us to produce both bronze and iron Oilite bearings and customer specific structural parts that are specifically designed to meet individual requirements. Bearings allow for rotation or movement while eliminating as much stress and friction as possible. In contrast, solid polymer bearings have the ability to run on all types of shafts. These bushings are called AST650 Series and are designed from either cast iron or bronze-based metal to withstand high load. A monolithic steel body having a machined internal cylindrical surface; and a porous bearing layer on said internal cylindrical surface, said bearing layer including a particulate material which is first compacted and then sintered in situ on said internal cylindrical surface and having a thickness of no greater than approximately 0.120 inches. Carbon steel self-lubricating flanged bushes, used high quality low-carbon steel plate as base, sintered porous bronze as its interlayer and the compound of PTFE as its surface. Two types of plain guide bushings are well known to the art and normally available from most die set manufacturers: hardened steel bushings and plated bushings in which a thin layer of bronze is plated in the bore of a steel bushing. With a temperature range of -40 to 210 degrees F, “NX” bearings are particularly effective in situations where lubrication cannot be frequently supplied. Additionally, many areas of an aircraft are difficult to access for service and thus benefit from components with long service lives , namely self-lubricating bearings. Thus these chamfer edges, constructed with a sintered layer, will help guide the post in place and prevent a “steel-on-steel” interaction. Unlike most traditional bearings, bushings stand out due to the fact that they contain no rolling elements. Lubrication-free bushings come in a variety of shapes that can be used for different applications as needed. The steel body may also include a cavity for storing lubricant and at least one passageway extending between the cavity and the internal cylindrical surface. Another well known bearing material is a porous sintered bronze which has the advantage of holding a lubricant in as much as 25% of its volume. Accordingly, it is an object of the present invention to provide a composite bushing which is constructed from a monolithic steel body having a compacted and sintered bearing layer on its internally machined cylindrical surface, with such bearing layer having a thickness which bears a relation to the bore length. The AST650 series bushing material consists of strong cast bronze as a base material and is combined with solid lubricants. Oilite bearings are the most popular self-lubricating bearings in the UK, but they are also in high demand in Europe. These self-lubricating bearings have high load capacity and are able to operate at -328 to 536 degrees F. They can be used with rotational, oscillatory and axial sliding motion.
Also suitable for use with non-lubricating fluids and in light duty unlubricated applications, Lead free. The third, lubrication-free option is to use injection-molded solid polymer bearings. Thus, the thin-walled porous bearing layers necessary for use in die set bushings cannot be obtained with known prior art. Graphite plugged bronze: Graphite is a good solid lubricant that is normally added to a bronze type bearing. Composite dry sliding bearings are primarily used for bearing arrangements where heavy loads have to be supported and where rotational or oscillating movements are relatively slow. The “NX” prelubricated bearings also exhibit high load carrying capacity and extremely low friction during use. The invention also relates to a method for the manufacture of a cylindrical bearing surface finding advantageous use in such a bushing. Bowman International offers the widest choice of Oilite bearings anywhere in Europe with standard stock ranges available in metric and imperial. They are suitable for dry running, low coefficient of friction & lower wear applications with good sliding characteristics, again available with the same forms as oilite bushes. The friction occurring in MFA-bearings is influenced by material, roughness and hardness of the sliding counterpart, as well as from the operating data. Deva.glide® allows to replace lubricated bronze bearings with a maintenance- free alternative and. GRAPHALLOY bushings and bearings eliminate oil and oiling schedules; prevent oil or grease damage to products; operate in inaccessible locations or where maintenance is difficult to perform; operate well at significantly higher temperatures than traditional lubricants and plastics. Solid polymer bearings are also impervious to corrosion and have a high load capacity. In accordance with one preferred embodiment of the invention, the machined cylindrical internal surface 16 supports a porous bearing layer 23 which is a compacted and sintered material, such as bronze, lead alloy, tin, tin alloy or other material well known to those of ordinary skill in the art. In such bushings, the bore to which the sintered material is applied has a length many times greater, for example, thirty times greater, than the thickness of the sintered layer. The lubricant is uniformly dispersed throughout the sliding layer and thus there is no reduction in low friction bearing performance, even if the sliding layer becomes worn. Another object of the present invention is to provide a porous bearing layer in a steel housing which will provide strength, support and dimensional stability while the porous bearing layer provides for heat conductivity, and anti-seizing properties of a proper bearing material. Wear resistance steel backed bi-metal bronze, with the solid lubricants can provide a continuous lubricating source during the bushing operation, to achieve a self-lubricating feature. The AST650 Series Bushings are available in the USA exclusively from AST Bearings. Low static and dynamic friction coefficient, Suitable for sliding, oscillating, reiprocating and rotating applications. The present invention is also directed to a novel and uniquely constructed bushing which overcomes the disadvantages associated with the prior art by incorporating into the bushing itself a means for lubricating the bushing’s internal bearing surface over extended periods of service. A self-lubricated bronze bearing is basically a bronze bearing that has been imbued with lubrication that will be wrought out from the material when it needs to be utilised. As the bearing operates, the lubricant is released through pores in the sliding layer, lubricating the bearing surface. A running-in” surface is also usually included at the top of the sliding layer to provide low friction bearing performance at start up before the impregnated lubricant reaches the bearing surface. Standard Oilite oil retaining tin bronze is the generally specified material. EP30 Bearing forms made to order: standard forms in special dimensions, thrust washers, half-bearings, sliding plates, customized bearing designs. We welcome you to download our general bearing bushing products catalogue, with a wide range of self-lubricated bi-metal bushing products along with the various bi-metal and polymer bearing bushing products that we offer. 3 Part composite split bearing bush, steel backing, plated to reduce corrosion, porous sintered bronze and PTFE+Pb coating. This has led to an industry wide panic which means that workers are now frantically lubing up every bearing, whether they need to or no. This naturally brought us to an innovative piece of technology and a problem solver: the self-lubricating bronze bearing. Self-lubricating bushes are used in conveyor chains as well as roller chains for a variety of conveyance applications. Since they don’t need lubricating oil, lubrication-free bushings are often used for applications such as precision machinery that makes lubricating oil refilling difficult, and equipment with poor affinity to oil.
The plastic bearings withstand 30-pound loads, oscillating movements, 10 cycles per minute and ambient temperatures up to 170 F. They are quieter and cheaper than sintered bronze alternatives and suffer minimal wear. GRAPHALLOY bushings reduce maintenance and downtime. Oil impregnated sintered bronze tubing – self lubricating. Our range of sintered self lubricating bushes For Fan is known for their superior performance, high quality, wear resistance and durability. The self-lubrificating of the series AKX is boundary lubrication bushing based on a composite material with 3 firmly bonded layers: steel as backing, sintered bronze spherical powder as interlayer and modified POM as lining layer. 6. The composite bushing of claim 1 further comprising a cavity in said steel body for storing lubricant, at least one passageway through said porous bearing layer and communicating with said cavity to permit the flow of lubricant from said cavity to said bearing layer and the interior of said bushing, and a cover mounted to said steel body to enclose said cavity. From these chambers, the plastic bushings release tiny amounts of solid lubricant during movement. We use only the best materials for our bushings and adhere to strict quality standards. With the combination of heavy load, along with the impact resistance of the steel and low friction factor of the bronze, this material is good for the various working conditions. 3. The plastic bushing should be particularly resistant to wear forces acting on its surface. This makes the bushings particularly suitable for applications requiring extreme temperatures, high pressure or corrosive chemical or water conditions where no lubrication can be introduced. We have since developed a wide range of High Performance Crossflon® materials, each suited to a specific application. A plated bushing would have too thin a layer of bronze to accept anything but the finest of foreign particles and the hardened steel bushing would be even less tolerant. In another application, a swinging hinge assembly used to support PVC swinging strip doors — used for quick loading bay access — has been using maintenance-free, all-plastic plain bearings since 1998 with no problems. 1, porous bearing layer 60 has chamfered edges 70 and 71. These chamfer edges 1 ameliorate any guiding problems which may occur due to an inaccurate alignment of the guide post within the bushing. In accordance with a preferred embodiment of the invention the bushing also includes one or more recesses extending along the internal bearing surface and in communication with the passageway from the lubricant reservoir. However, most of the known prior art applications of such a sintered bronze have involved bearings fabricated from sheet stock. Beldam Crossley provide a range of Crossflon® Bearings and Bushes helping to overcome the problem of poor lubrication, excessive heat and cold, friction, water and corrosion issues found with other bearings and bushes. Our Bushings are most suitable for various sectors like Automotive, materials handling equipments, marine engine, packaging machines, textile equipment & machines, Hydraulics and valves, Home appliances, White Goods, office Appliance. We also offer the complete line of plain bronze products, specializing in custom bearings, bar stock, washers, bronze wear plates and special machined parts. Since bearings usually receive a lot of frictional resistance that generates heat, lubricants such as oil or grease are used to prevent the seizing or abnormal wear that this frictional heat could otherwise cause. Traditionally, every lubricated bushing works according to this principle, including a number of maintenance-free bearings equipped with special sliding layers. The aerospace industry requires low friction bearings with excellent wear resistance to help reduce labor costs. Currently, this technology is only available with injection-molded, self-lubricating polymer bearings. Our lubricants contain effective friction and wear reducing elements, as well as corrosion protecting supplements. QD bushings like taperlock bushings allow for use of a single stock pulley for many applications with different shaft sizes. Finely finished radial holes are embedded with a solid lubricant covering up to 30% of the working surface. The Frelon break-in and transfer process of a self-lubricating linear bearing ensures operation at maximum efficiency. This expansion results in a compaction of the particulate material against the internal cylindrical surface of the bushing body. Still another object of the present invention is to provide a method for application of a porous bearing layer onto the internal cylindrical surface of a bushing which achieves a superior bearing layer quality and is cost effective. After removing the elastomeric plug from the bushing 40, the bushing together with its compacted particulate layer is placed in a suitable sintering oven 61 under conditions well known to those of ordinary skill in the art and is heated to a temperature necessary for sintering the particulate into a fused porous bearing layer 60. Preferably, the layer 60 has a thickness of about 0.010 to 0.030 inches.