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What Is A Radial Ball Bearing?

Radial ball bearings are the most widely used type of rolling element bearing in the world today due to their versatility and overall performance. These bearings are produced with high quality materials and assembled with great precision. Each component is highly engineered with exacting tolerances. High-volume production processes used in the manufacturing of ball bearings are reliable and consistent. Radial ball bearings are used extensively in a wide variety of applications and industries. Note the cross-sectional view of a typical radial ball bearing. The designer can select from any number of combinations of materials, sizes, geometries, closures, precision levels, internal clearances, and lubricants to optimize performance, ensure proper safety levels, and exceed design life.

What are the types of Radial Ball bearings? 

  • Single-row deep groove ball bearings
  • Angular contact ball bearings
  • Double-row angular contact ball bearings
  • Self-aligning ball bearings

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Characteristics of Radial Ball Bearings:

Radial ball bearings must be sized properly to withstand the applied load, especially shock or impact, to avoid surface damage and premature failure.

The design of a radial ball bearing greatly reduces frictional resistance, improves system rigidity to dampen vibration, and provides reliable, long-lasting operation.

Proper operation can be optimized by selecting the appropriate lubricant and limiting the ingress of external contaminants.

Applications for Radial Ball Bearings

While AST Bearings has provided solutions in a wide number of industries, its application expertise is even broader. AST specializes in providing solutions for some of the most challenging applications, as well as basic, ordinary mechanisms. Our experience ranges from high-speed dental drills to machine tools, to ultra-precise metering, as well as:

  • Aviation Cargo Systems
  • Aerospace
  • Flight Support Systems
  • Flow Meters
  • Industrial Mixers & Shakers
  • Intrusion Detection Systems
  • Power Hand Tools
  • Printing Rollers 

Extreme Environments For Radial Ball Bearings 

There are many harsh or extreme environmental conditions where bearings are still expected to perform optimally. Here are just a few examples:

  • High-speed bearing
  • Salt water
  • Blood
  • Radiation
  • Vibration
  • Low temperature
  • Corrosive Chemicals
  • Sterilization
  • High Speed
  • Vacuum

Contact AST Bearings today for solutions to these extreme conditions.

  • Radial loads: Good
  • Axial loads: Good (two directions)
  • Combined loading: Good
  • High speeds: Excellent
  • Angular misalignment: Good
  • Low Noise: Excellent
  • Low Torque: Excellent
  • Rotational accuracy: Excellent