Selections can be complex. Do you need chrome steel? Stainless-steel? Reduced carbon steel?

Selections can be confusing. Do you require chrome steel? Stainless steel? Low carbon steel? Or something else? Ball bearings are produced from a variety of products, each designed to make the most of efficiency as well as life. Below is a summary of the different options and their uses:

Chrome Steel-- SAE 52100

One of the most usual product for accuracy ball bearings, roller bearings, and tapered roller bearings is 52100 chrome steel, which is comprised of high carbon web content as well as 1.5% chromium. It is a superb general-purpose bearing steel, which includes great tiredness life in rolling component bearings To lessen rust, the bearing surface areas have to be shielded with a corrosion inhibitor or oil.

Extra clean 52100 chrome steel bearings.

For high accuracy mini bearings, "additional tidy" 52100 chrome steel is offered. This product is a palatable electrode vacuum cleaner thawed and also is exceptional quality with very reduced impurity degrees. After superfinishing, this product exhibits an enhanced raceway surface that causes lower noise and also torque degrees.

Stainless Steel

With their higher chromium web content (18%) than chrome steel bearings, stainless-steel bearings are resistant to surface rust. They are offered in martensitic as well as austenitic selections (a recommendation to their crystalline frameworks), however AISI 440C is the favored alloy supplying the most effective combination of corrosion resistance and also mechanical homes. Usually, after warm therapy, stainless-steel is slightly "softer" than the even more usual chrome steel. This leads to a little lower lots ratings.

Carbon Alloy Steel

Carbon steel, such as 12L14 or 1020, is made use of to produce lower accuracy, non-ABEC or RBEC ranked bearings. These steels are very easy to machine as well as can be case-carburized. This warm therapy process generates a surface area hardness that is suitable for rolling aspect bearings. The raceways are unground as well as commonly burnished to enhance the surface coating. These bearings can be plated to improve rust resistance. The main consideration for these sorts of bearings created from these alloys is low cost. They are not ideal for high lots or high-speed applications.

Low carbon steel is also utilized to generate bearing elements made use of in chrome steel bearings such as cages, metal shields, and steel washers.


The most usual use is creating the moving components- the spheres, from a ceramic material with the internal and external rings made from standard, heat-treated, chrome or stainless steel. These bearings are typically referred to as Crossbreed Bearings. With enhancements in producing technology, Complete Ceramic Bearings are also easily available. These bearings have both the inner and also outer rings in addition to the moving aspects produced from ceramic product. While hybrid and full ceramic bearings demand a premium cost, they are commonly the most affordable remedy when considering the price of a failing as well as the complete price of ownership for the end-user.

Plastics and Non-Metallic Materials

Engineered plastics or phenolic materials are typically used to produce the cages, or ball separators, in mini and also instrument collection bearings. These are lightweight as well as solid as well as usually specified in noise or torque-sensitive applications. Some are porous and also can be impregnated with oil for really reduced torque applications.

Seals are most frequently made from nitrile or Buna rubber, which are affordable and also can be used throughout a broad temperature level range. Viton as well as Teflon products are offered as well as supply good chemical resistance as well as can withstand higher running temperatures.

To learn more, review, "Bearing Products-- Ceramics, Chrome Steels, Stainless Steels and Plastics," written by AST Bearings designers.

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