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Bearing Basics: Just “Plane” Confusing

Posted On August 10, 2015


Plain Bearings VS. Plane Bearings

There is some disagreement in the engineering community as to whether a plain bearing is the same as a plane bearing.  Is a plane bearing a flat bearing, or can it refer to bearings with round surfaces, like journal bearings?  This article may not establish a firm answer to this question, but it will give food for thought.

 

The controversy began from the first Bearing Basics post.  Here are other artices on polymer bearings :

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Posted in: Blog Highlights, Plane Polymer Bushings, Polymer Bearings, Plane/Plain Polymer Bearings, Bearing Basics

Bearing Basics: Facts Your Boss Hopes You Know about “Plain Polymer Bearings”

Posted On July 23, 2015


Plain Polymer Bearings

In this article, we are going to look at the different types of “plain” (or “plane”) polymer bearings.  Both spellings are correct, it’s only a matter of blogger preference.   “Plain polymer bearings” is preferred for this article.  Recall that the purpose of bearings in general is to:

  • support shafts,
  • reduce the friction between contacting surfaces,
  • and to constrain motion along one or more axes
There are different ways to classify plain bearings, and in this article we will look at one possible means of classification:  sleeved, flanged, and thrust bearings.   

Want even more Bearing Basics? Check out these articles from the Advanced EMC Technologies blog:

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Posted in: Polymer Bearings, Thrust Bearing, Plane/Plain Polymer Bearings, polymer solutions, Bearing Basics

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