As an industry leading manufacturer with a history dating back over 100 years, Lubrite® Technologies can produce custom self-lubricating bearings for a number of applications. The construction gives the property of “self lubrication” that is the bearing does not need oil in theory. The oil-impregnation step is to soak the multiple of the semi-finished bearings into a container filled with liquid lubricant, such that the multiple of pores among the spherical alloy particles absorb lubricant and store it therein, and finally the soaking bearings containing rich oil are retrieved from the container to become self-lubricating bearings. The lubrication is an integral component of the bearing material. Another further objective of the present invention is to provide a manufacturing process for making self-lubricating bearings, wherein the alloy is bronze, and the bottom of the mold cavity is formed to have a core hole for inserting a core bar made of low heat expansion coefficient material, and the core bar is made of ceramics, wherein the ceramic core rod is made of zirconium. Disposed in the bore is a porous member which is arranged at an inner portion of the bore and which occupies only a part of the bore in the axial direction thereof; the porous member in use of the bearing is impregnated with lubricant and surrounds the shaft at a clearance therefrom. As a self-lubricating bearings manufacturer, we impregnate the bearing with liquid lubricant specific to your unique application or operating temperatures. 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. 3. A bearing as set forth in claim 1 wherein the porous member is a sintered member formed by sintering material in a loosely mixed condition without the application of additional pressure. Selection of a suitable alloy depends on a variety of factors, which include bearing load, velocity, type of movement, temperature, environment, shear strength, fatigue strength, deformability, compatibility, hardness differential, corrosion resistance, wear resistance, and cost. The raised structures serve to hold the bearing layer in place to help prevent it from sliding along the surface of substrate during bearing operation. Oil impregnated plastic: Here again, lightweight oil is added to the base material to aid in bearing lubrication. In addition, a load bearing layer 114 may be laminated on both surfaces of substrate 112 to provide a double-sided bearing. When German beverage slide bearing manufacturer Krones AG decided to refine the design of their bottle filling machine, the company chose self-lubricating iglide® bearings. Independent testing (commissioned by Thomson Industries) showed that self-lubricating bearings exhibited no need for maintenance or addition of lubrication to the lube block during a three-million-cycle deflection test. In pump settings, pumpage around a bearing allows natural lubrication and a barrier, but when pumpage is not present during startup (a dry run) damage will ensue if the bearings are unlubricated. 8. A bearing as set forth in claim 7 wherein the grain size of said porous member material is from 0.5 to 0.71 mm. 1. A self-lubricating plain bearing for a shaft, comprising a bore for receiving the shaft; a porous member which is arranged in the bore at an inner portion thereof and which occupies only a part of the bore in the axial direction thereof, the porous member being adapted to be impregnated with lubricant and surround the shaft at a clearance therefrom; and a bearing surface means adapted to support the shaft, which is disposed in the bore adjacent to the porous member and which extends outwardly therefrom, the bearing surface means having a bearing clearance from the shaft therein, the clearance between the shaft and the porous member being larger than the bearing clearance between the shaft and the bearing surface means, and the pore size of the porous member being larger than said clearance between the shaft and the porous member, whereby lubricant in the porous member flows by capillary action out of the clearance between the porous member and the shaft into the bearing clearance between the shaft and the bearing surface means. Development of Self Lubricating Sintered Steels for Tribological Applications (PDF) (Thesis). LUBRON AQ bearings are utilized in a variety of hydro dam and water control applications subject to medium-to-heavy loads and slow-to-medium speeds. The GLYCODUR AB slide bearings correspond to GLYCODUR A slide bearings by design, however their POM coating layer is 0.35 mm thick. If movement stops, the oil on the surface of the bearing dries up; this can lead to squeaking and an increase in the coefficient of friction.
- The method of claim 1, wherein said load bearing layer comprises a lubricious plastic material. The bearings come in any shape and size to facilitate installation and maintenance. The key feature of these bearings is the coating polyoxymethylene (POM) layer with its relative thickness of 0.3 mm with lubrication recesses for lubricating grease. This aspect tends to make the Norglide bearings undesirable for use in applications that rely on electrical continuity such as, for example, electrostatic painting in the automotive and other metal fabricating industries. A new type of high temperature self-lubricating Ti-Al alloy bearing materials is proposed. A kind of oil-less self-lubricating bearing comprises bearing main body, and the top of described bearing main body is provided with bearing housing, and the inside of bearing housing is provided with steel ball, is provided with one deck self-lubricating layer between the internal surface of steel ball and bearing housing. Preferred materials for these applications are those that, for example, have a coefficient of static friction (μ) similar to that of PTFE (approximately 0.04-0.10). Moreover, the bearing’s coefficient of friction remains low and nominally constant over its life, even, surprisingly, once load bearing layer 114 is worn down to, and into, structures 113. Another further objective of the present invention is to provide a manufacturing process for making self-lubricating bearings, wherein two thirds of the melting temperature of the alloy’s main constituent ranges from 750° C. to 850° C. Whether you are an OEM motion designer seeking to design a maintenance-friendly system or a maintenance engineer replacing a bearing that requires manual lubrication, the design and application factors you must consider are similar. There are many advantages to opting for self-lubricating sintered bearings over the other types available, and it is important to note these if you want to make the ideal bearing selection for your application. Available in both inch and metric sizes, LUBRON AQ bearings are supplied finished machined to meet the exacting requirements of each application. The multi-layer materials differ from the all-plastic materials, for example, by a negligible tendency to cold flow under load, by a much better thermal conductivity and associated by significantly higher possible pv values. Besides contaminating the grease with solid materials (sand), the presence of water can cause corrosion on the guide vane trunnion, affecting bearing performance and lifetime. Graphite plugged bronze: Graphite is a good solid lubricant that is normally added to a bronze type bearing. During using process, the solid lubricant and the bearing friction by the friction heat, to form the excellent condition of lubrication of oil and powder, thus not only protecting the bearing from wearing, but also leading the solid lubricating performance to be perpetual, the hardness is one times higher that that of general brass, the abrasion resistance also can be improve one times, thereby being more suitable for heavy duty low speed working condition, and having good wear resistance, corrosion resistance, anti-chemical performance and extremely low friction coefficient. Currently, this technology is only available with injection-molded, self-lubricating polymer bearings. As mentioned, the porous member 1 may be in the form of a sintered member whose starting material in a loose condition was sintered without additional pressure, in contrast to the sintered member of the above-discussed previously bearing member which was pressed and sintered using high pressure in a mold. Self-lubricating bearings are comprised of a variety of polymers that utilize internal lubrication or inherent polymer properties to enhance wear life without the need for grease. Steps were also taken to modify PTFE to make it easier to compound into other materials. Oilite bearings have a rich history dating back to the 1930’s when they were developed by Chrysler. In low speed, high load applications, LUBRON AQ solid lubricants have a typical coefficient of friction between 0.02 to 0.10, depending on a variety of factors affecting performance. LUBRON AQ30 lubricants are machined flush with the bronze substrate surface. The self-lubricating bearing known from DE 35 16 649 AI has in the PTFE matrix thinly rolled sheet or scale-like particles which form streaks, which consist of a plurality of spaced-apart layers which are essentially parallel to the surface of the Extend sintered metal layer.
36 Y.H. Xia, Z.R. Jin, J.G. Cheng: The Use of Gradient Self-lubricating Bearing Materials in Engineering Materials Vol. Total cost of ownership — While purchase price of a self-lubricating bearing might be 10 to 30 per cent higher than the cost of a bearing requiring manual lubrication, the reduced labour costs, elimination of need for lubrication assemblies, improved performance, and reduced downtime compensates for it. Poor lubrication is implicated in half of all bearing failures. 2. A bearing as set forth in claim 1 wherein the capillary flow suction action applied to the lubricant to cause it to flow into said bearing clearance is adapted to the relationship S12 >S13 >S3, wherein S12 is the suction capability of the bearing clearance between the shaft and the bearing surface means, S13 is the suction capability of said clearance between the shaft and the porous member, and S3 is the suction capability of the porous member. For more than 10 years, self-lubricating, or lube-for-life, designs have used oil-saturated polymers in linear bearing applications ranging from food processing to automotive assembly. For water treatment plant or any other industrial process using water, Thordon Bearings have been developed to offer an exceptional abrasion wear resistance. Thereafter, load bearing layer 114 may be applied to the tube in any convenient manner, such as, for example, by spray coating or dipping. In such cases, LUBRON AQ bearings can be furnished with one of several groove patterns to accommodate most types of loading, movement and lubricating requirements. The utility model relates to an oil-free self-lubricating bearing, which comprises a bearing body, the top end of the bearing body is provided with a bearing house; the bearing housing is internally provided with a steel ball, and a layer of self-lubricating layer is arranged between the steel ball and the inner surface of the bearing housing. The good mechanical properties of the sintered bronze along with the good sliding and lubricating properties of a PTFE mixture are optimally combined in the case of the GLYCODUR F slide bearings. The entire laminate is then preferably inserted into a conventional press under heat and pressure wherein load bearing layer 114 is provided with outermost surface 122 as shown in FIG. The material is then subjected to a heat treatment in an oven, in which the PTFE it contains is sintered at 380 ° C. for 3 minutes in order to achieve a final rolling step to produce the final composite and the required gauge block. The solution adopted — to implement the use of self-lubricating material replacing grease lubricated bearings and PTFE foil — has provided better safety for energy production in a sustainable manner following company concerns with the social and environmental aspects of its business. The material can be formed into many shapes and sizes including wear plates, rolled bushings, cylindrical bearings, spherical bearings, split bearings, sleeves, liners, guides and other customizable shapes. 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. The lubrication is consistently applied to the shaft surface. A 1989 report described the friction and wear at an elevated temperature (300°F-500°F) of several thermoplastics compounded with PTFE, other lubricants, and CF.70 The thermoplastic resins that were evaluated were PEEK, PEK, PES, and PPS. 2 and 3, the present invention comprises a bearing 110 having a backing or substrate 112 fabricated from a metallic or other material capable of providing bearing 110 with requisite structural integrity for an intended application. Deva.glide is a self-lubricating bearing material that consists of a high quality bearing bronze with solid lubricant pockets. Highly porous materials have a high stiffness combined with a very low specific weight due to very high porosities. I understand these are a composite construction bearing made from a combination of PFTE (better known as Teflon), Lead, Bronze, Steel and a copper plating, not being a metalurgist and these coming from china though, who really knows. ISO 9001:2000 & AS 9100B certified manufacturer & distributor of standard & custom bearings including oilless or self-lubricating bearings. Self-lubricating pillow block assemblies, open or closed, are commonly available for shaft sizes ranging between ½” and 1½”, with loads ranging from 250 to 4,000 pounds, but can be customized.
Also, the current design of the oil channels formed on the circumference of the present bearing produces an effective cooling circulation for the lubricating oil, whose degradation can be prevented or lessened and which can greatly reduce the heat generated during the rotation of the shaft. Such maintenance free bearings may comprise a variety of configurations, such as, for example, bushes or journal bearings, thrust bearings or washers, locating pads, valve port plates, and wearing components for a variety of mechanisms. The bushings shall be composed of supporting metal and a solid lubricant suitable for underwater application. In the original turbine design, the regulating ring assembly had an axial thrust bronze block fixed to its bottom surface, which slid in a channel full of oil. RBC Lubron is a subsidiary of RBC Bearings Inc. LUBRON TF bearings are constructed of woven PTFE fabric liners permanently bonded and mechanically locked to rigid bronze or stainless steel backings. Porous, sintered metal impregnated with solid lubricants. A felt wick is machined into the ID of the bearing that is intended only for use with oils—when using grease, remove the felt wick to create a reservoir for the grease lubrication. 32 G.M. Zhou: Study of Solid Self-lubricant Bearing Vol. The original bearings for Jupia were bronze lubricated with grease, and a seal was installed only on the upper bearing. Using similar techniques and manufacturing equipment as structural PM components, porous and cellular PM materials are commonly sintered to densities between 25% and 85% of theoretical mean density (TMD) while structural PM parts are typically 85%-99.9% of TMD. Used in crusher, screw conveyor, steel mill, spindle, shafting and self-lubricating applications. 12. Bearing material according to one of claims 6 to 11, characterized in that the thermosets or high-temperature thermoplastics are polyamideimides or polyimides. The self-lubricating compound shall be integrally molded and compressed into recesses provided for containment, with an additional coating up to040 inches (1 mm) applied to 100% of the bearing surface area. We are able to offer Oilite bearings in sealed plastic bags or boxes. Sintering of powders is used commercially to produce porous metals by Schunk Sinter Metals (). With larger pores, these can be used to control air flow as filters or silencers, and with smaller pores they can form self-lubricating bearings. Fine particles of solid lubricant create lubrication film on the motion part, when friction is occurred, and the bearing can achieve excellent self-lubrication and abrasion resistance under dry lubricating condition. This provides a reduced concentration of low friction material close to the backing metal. Self-lubricated operating dry, or water lubricated, they cancel the pollution risks and notably reduce the maintenance costs, offering a lifetime higher than the other materials used as bearing bushes. Self-lubricating bearings form part of our extensive range, which also includes metal polymer bearings, pot bearings, elastomeric bearings, pipeline bearings, bi-metallic bearings, and so on. We invite our customers to let us know what their needs and requirements are so that we can cater to them with an appropriate product. One solution is to avoid glue completely and create a mechanical link, that is, to hot-press the lubricant into a shallow surface layer of porous bronze. 17. The method of claim 15, wherein said load bearing layer and said adhesive are fabricated as a monolayer comprising a polymer blend. The bearings are secured in the sheet metal plate on both sides after fitting. For most applications, the recommended bearing loads listed in Table 1 will provide a safety factor of at least 3. LUBRON AQ bearings, which combine high strength alloys with tough, resilient lubricants, are designed to withstand heavy loads. The main reasons re-lubrication maintenance practices fall short include lubrication not being properly or consistently administered; lubrication points not being easily accessible; maintenance personnel not being properly trained and incorrect or improper quantity of lubricant being used. These bearings are made with a mixture of thermoplastic materials, embedded reinforcing fibers and solid lubricant. Copper is exceeded only by silver among the materials used for electrical applications. Self-lubricating bearings work by having lubricant impregnated within the sliding layer of the bearing. Another further objective of the present invention is to provide a manufacturing process for making self-lubricating bearings comprising the following steps: the forming step is to place processed particles of a multiple of alloys evenly to a multiple of round cavities provided in the molding mold made of low heat expansion coefficient material and each center of the cavity is provided with a core bar made of low heat expansion coefficient material so as to form a hollow cylindrical green body; the sintering step is to place the molding mold with a multiple of hollow cylindrical green bodies into a sintering furnace with flowing protective atmosphere, which is then heated below two thirds of the melting temperature of the alloy’s main constituent for 10 to 20 minutes, such that the spherical alloy particles can be sintered together and form a sintered body with large pores; the shaping step is to place the hollow cylindrical sintered bodies after cooling down into the cavity of a steel extruding mold and extruded therein to shape the sintered bodies into semi-finished bearings with satisfactory roundness, surface roughness, and concentricity; and the oil-impregnation step is to soak the multiple of the semi-finished bearings into a container filled with liquid lubricant, such that the multiple of pores among the spherical alloy particles absorb lubricant and store it therein, and finally the soaking bearings containing rich oil are retrieved from the container to become self-lubricating bearings.
With too much idle time, lubricants can be pushed out of the contact area or solidify, which means friction and galling at start up. 1-2, the described a kind of oil-less self-lubricating bearing of the utility model embodiment comprises bearing main body 1, and the top of described bearing main body 1 is provided with bearing housing 2, the inside of bearing housing 2 is provided with steel ball 3, is provided with one deck self-lubricating layer 4 between the internal surface of steel ball 3 and bearing housing 2. Bowman International offers the widest choice of Oilite bearings anywhere in Europe with standard stock ranges available in metric and imperial. LUBRON AQ bearings will operate against most metals, but best performance is achieved with the hardest possible mating surface. LUBRON AQ bearings are frequently used where oil and grease lubrication are impractical. The technical training division of Life Cycle Engineering conducted a study that found 80% of maintenance workers surveyed scored less than 50% when it came to the basic technical skills needed to perform their job; and bearing lubrication was noted first on their list of tasks. LUBRON AQ bearings are constructed of high strength bronze alloys permanently embedded with PTFE solid lubricants, and are unequaled for toughness and durability. Capable of very low friction and high wear resistance, LUBRON TF bearings offer exceptional performance for hydro turbine wicket gate, control linkage, butterfly valve and dam gate applications. Self-lubricating plastic plain bearings offer technical advantages in comparison to metal or metal-backed bearings. In general, four categories of self-lubricating bearings can be distinguished and within each category further subcategories can easily be identified. LUBRON AQ bearings should be wiped clean and free of all debris prior to installation of the shafts. 1, bearing main body; 2, bearing housing; 3, steel ball; 4, self-lubricating layer. 29 X.L. Kong, Y.B. Liu, Y. L: Powder Metal Self-lubricant Materials Vol. CESP decided to eliminate the oil through the use of self-lubricating materials, and the PTFE foils solution was adopted. The beneficial effects of the utility model are: adopting metal material (being generally tin bronze, high-tensile strength brass, cast iron) is matrix, according to different motion mode inlaid solid lubrication agent, can under oil-free lubrication conditioned disjunction water lubrication condition, work for a long time, break through the narrow limitation that general bearing relies on film use; make solid lubricant and axle friction by frictional heat; form oil, powder and deposit lubricated excellent condition; both protected axle not wear and tear, and made the solid lubrication characteristic eternal again, the general copper sheathing of hardness ratio doubles; wear-resisting property also doubles; be more suitable in the heavy-duty low-speed working condition, back and forth, rotate, wave the occasion that is difficult to form with oil film such as intermittent movement, have good wear resistance, corrosion-resistant, anti-chemistry and extremely low friction factor. The current study of metal matrix self-lubricating bearing materials is summarized. LUBRON AQ bearings will perform best when the bearing assembly is designed for maximum heat dissipation and the recommended mating materials are used. For larger sizes, LUBRON AQ bearings can be refrigerated or packed in dry ice prior to installation. The technical knowledge and manufacturing expertise behind Oilite bearings have resulted in a vast array of sophisticated, high quality components that are supplied to across a wide range of industries throughout the world. Further, when compared with the conventional bearings made from the powder metallurgy process, the present bearing does not require the steps of press forming and vacuum oil-impregnation along with additional advantages, including a larger amount of oil impregnated, smaller friction coefficient, and cooling lubricant circulation. Thus the application of the conventional bearings has been restricted significantly, and further improvements are needed to achieve low friction coefficient, high wear resistance, enhanced oil storing capacity, and extend the service life of bearings. Since the bearing layer is fabricated as a discrete sheet, rather than a dispersion as in the case of the aforementioned DU bearings, the NORGLIDE bearing layer is homogeneous. A second temperature-related factor is that self-lubricating bearings tend to run faster and thus hotter because there is better control over lubricant buildup, which minimizes dripping.