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Guide to Selecting a Polymer Bushing

Posted On December 19, 2016

The process for selecting a polymer bushing isn’t that difficult, but it does involve quite a bit of information about the bushing application before you begin.

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Posted in: Plane Polymer Bushings

Bushings:  Nylon 6, Nylon 66, and Self-lubricating Nylon

Posted On February 12, 2016

Nylon Bushing Differences:

 Ever wonder what the difference is between Nylon 6 and Nylon 66?  What about Nylon MDS?  In this article, we are going to explore the difference between the types of nylon commonly used in bushings, and how that affects their potential applications.


Here are some additional articles on nylon bushings from the Advanced EMC Technologies Blog::

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Posted in: Plane Polymer Bushings, Polymer Bushings, advanced polymers, plastic bushings, bushings, nylon bushings

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

Polymer Bushings Taking a Beating: Two Important Concepts behind the Wear and Tear

Posted On July 27, 2015

Polymer Bushing Mechanisms of Wear

Bushings have two mechanisms of wear: adhesion and abrasiveAdhesion, as discussed in a previous post, occurs when two surfaces come into direct contact and the atoms from one surface adhere to the other surface.  Abrasion occurs when a harder surface contacts a softer surface and removes material from the softer surface.  For polymer bushings, the primary mode of wear is adhesion.  The key to understanding wear by adhesion is a proper understanding of how polymers respond to friction.


Here are some other articles relating to polymer bushings and bearings from Advanced EMC Technologies:

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Posted in: Plane Polymer Bushings, Polymer Bushings, High Temperature Polymers, advanced polymers

No More Beating around the Bushing

Posted On June 30, 2015

Many young engineers may wonder exactly what the difference is between a bearing and a bushing, and some may be too embarrassed to ask.  In this post, we are going to track down the difference.

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Posted in: Polytetrafluoroethylene PTFE, Plane Polymer Bushings, Self Lubricated Bearings, Polymer Bearings, Self-Lubricating Bearings

Ultimate Qualitative Cheat Sheet for Polymer Bushing Life Expectancy

Posted On June 23, 2015


Bushings, also known as plain bearings or sleeve bearings, are used in just about every industry, and have been for many, many years.  In this post we are going to look at the life expectancy of polymer bearings for a qualitative viewpoint, as opposed to a quantitative, calculation-based look. 

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Posted in: Plane Polymer Bushings, Polymer Bearings, Self-Lubricating Bearings, Polymer Bushings, High Temperature Polymers

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