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Benefits Of Using A Cam Follower As Part Of Your Bearing Solution

Posted October 18, 2015 by admin

Cam followers have many benefits and we’re ready to let you in on why you should be using a cam follower as part of your bearing solution. Are you making the most of the bearings that are available to you? If you have heard of a cam follower but have never used one, today we might just change your mind. A cam follower represents a cylindrical roller that is to be attached to a machine component. This component would use a hexagonal nut. Cam follower bearings are used for a number of applications, including linear motion support, locating components during the aforementioned movements, and process transfer lines.  A cam follower represents a cylindrical roller that is to be attached to a machine component

1. One of the pros of using a cam follower bearing is that they always distribute evenly, regardless of the configuration of the unit.

2. They are available for a wide range of linear motions.

3. Cam follower bearings are built thicker than normal bearings, meaning they can absorb more shock than normal and can reduce distortion.

4. They are highly versatile; these bearings are able to fit in whatever solution you desire, whether it’s for a soda machine, aircraft application, or a conveyor line.

At VNC Bearing, we believe there are benefits of using a cam follower as part of your bearing solution. We have a wide selection of cam follower roller bearings and stud type cam follower bearings available for your needs. Visit our extensive catalog online for cam follower bearings, ball bearings, and more. Or contact us today with your engineering questions, or for more information on cam followers and how you can utilize them in your specific application. 

Roller Bearings VS Ball Bearings – The Major Differences

Posted October 12, 2015 by admin

Have you ever wondered what the difference was between roller bearings and ball bearings? At first glance they may not seem all that different. However, these seemingly similar style bearings have very different uses. We’re showing you how bearings work, and what the differences are between these engineering gems.

How Bearings Work
In general, bearings are all composed of the same basic mechanics: a ball set within an internal or external ring. This setup allows for force to be placed on the ball, referred to as loading. There are two different types of loading with bearings; thrust and radial.  If your bearing is working with a radial load, this means the bearing will rotate, or roll when put under tension. Alternatively, a thrust load will be subject to force dependant on the angle. Bearings have been around for hundreds of years and have many different uses, some of which include aiding in rolling (a tire), pulling, applications in hard drives, skateboards, and more.

 Ball bearings are commonly used in small wheels and hard drives, as well as other everyday applications, but are prone to deformation when under too much pressure.Ball Bearings
In small amounts of weight, this extremely common bearing is able to handle both thrust and radial load, making it a popular bearing with engineers. When ball bearings are in motion their main job is to transfer the load from the outer raceway to the inner raceway. This allows for a smooth spin. Ball bearings are commonly used in small wheels and hard drives, as well as other everyday applications, but are prone to deformation when under too much pressure.

These bearings are primarily based around a cylinder, meaning this bearing is able to distribute a load over a large area, carrying heavy weights.Roller Bearings
Unlike ball bearings, roller bearings are designed with heavy loads in mind. These bearings are primarily based around a cylinder, meaning this bearing is able to distribute a load over a large area, carrying heavy weights. Also unlike ball bearings, roller bearings are not made to handle thrust loads.

For more information on roller bearings, ball bearings, custom solutions, and engineering in the world of bearings, contact VNC. We have an expansive selection of bearings available. Call us with any questions, or to get a free estimate today at (800) 862-3211.