Types of Bearings and Their Applications

Bearings are a modest but vital component. Various kinds of bearings are available to meet our needs. It is used to limit a part’s degrees of freedom. It directs one element in the desired direction. The simplest example is a bearing that provides linear motion to a component in a computer table drawer. Bearings minimise friction by eliminating direct contact between two elements. This also means that removing a part requires less force or energy. Let us now look at the many kinds of main engine bearing.

Ball Bearings

The most prevalent form of bearing is the ball bearing. It is made up of little metal balls sandwiched between two metal rings called Races. A Cage assembly is also used to keep the balls in place. Because sliding friction is much higher than rolling friction, ball bearings lose less energy. The inner races and balls may spin freely, whereas the outside races are fixed. The shaft is inserted into the inner races attached to a motor.

Bearings on Rollers

Roller bearings are mechanical packs of cylindrical or tapered rolling parts generally between the inner and outer races. They support spinning shafts while reducing friction between rods and fixed machine parts. Roller bearings are most often used in machines with rotating shafts that need more load support than ball bearings can supply. Rollers come in various shapes and sizes, from cylindrical to spherical. Roller bearings, like ball bearings, are standardised to a lesser extent.

Linear Bearings

Linear bearings are mechanical assemblies that include ball or roller components and produce linear movement along shafts. Linear bearings are often found in equipment that needs linear motion and placement along shafts.

Mounted Bearings

Mounted Bearings are mechanical assemblies that comprise pillow blocks, flanged units, and other components that contain main engine bearing inside bolt-on or threaded mounting components. They offer a mechanism of supporting rotating shafts and eliminating friction between rods and stationary machine elements. 

Mounted bearings are typically found in machinery that has exposed rotating shafting. They serve as take-up devices at conveyor ends and as flanged units at intermediate locations. The bearings may be configured as a rolling element or journal bearings. Mounted bearings are intended for quick installation and replacement. 

Bearings for Jewels

It is used in applications with tiny shafts, such as watches and meters. It is minimal and performs exceptionally well compared to other engine main bearings. It is constructed of certain materials.

Bearings with No Friction.

Frictionless bearings are mechanical or electro-mechanical alternatives to traditional bearings that offer adjustable shaft support for critical, high-precision applications using air, magnetic fields, and other means.


Ball Bearings

From boiler feed pumps to automotive transmissions, ball and roller bearings are used in machinery.

Mounted bearings

Mounted bearings are used on conveyors, shaft links, and other applications where extended lengths of shafting must be supported by housing parts that are not shielded by another housing, such as a transmission case.

Linear bearings 

Linear bearings are only used in linear applications, like slide tables.

Jewel bearings

Jewel bearings, which do not depend on rolling parts, are limited to tiny devices and motions.

Frictionless bearings

Frictionless bearings include air bearings, magnetic bearings, and other special-purpose designs.