Small Dimension Thrust Bearings Proudly Made in America


Now, more than ever, where your parts are made makes a huge difference. With disruptions in the supply chain across the globe, buying  American Made is on everyone's mind. We thought this example from a few years ago was enlightening and hope you enjoy this re-posted article...

Kloehn LTD, a manufacturer of quality analytical, clinical and miniature-thrust-bearing-2.jpgindustrial diagnostic instrumentation, sought a supplier for small, metric dimension stainless steel thrust bearing. The thrust bearings were needed to fit a valve pump sub-assembly.

Poor Quality A Deal Breaker

An offshore supplier was providing a bearing that was dimensionally correct but made with a corrosive material that failed in the field. Because the bearings were non-standard and operating in a corrosive environment, looking for a new solution that was more durable was a challenge.

Kloehn turned to Torque Transmission for a cost-effective, longer lasting solution. In response, Torque Transmission provided its non-standard OD/ID stainless steel metric ball thrust bearing for Kloehn’s valve pump assembly.

Stainless Steel Metric Ball Thrust Bearings 

Made from high-quality 410 stainless steel balls and 440 stainless steel washers with a self-lubricating nylon ball retainer, the new ball thrust bearing was specifically designed to resist many corrosive chemicals and solvents. 

The ball thrust bearings met customer requirements while saving Kloehn nearly 75 percent, and the company quickly made Torque Transmission the exclusive supplier of thrust bearings for its valve pump assemblies.

Offshore Cost Cutting Often Means A Drop in Quality 

“The attractive prices of offshore parts can often create a false sense of economy,” explained John Rampe, president of Torque Transmission, “While the components may be dimensionally correct, the quality of the raw materials and the precision of the finished part may not meet the customers specifications. The cost of failures in the field coupled with ordering, inventory, delivery, and communication issues often outweigh any perceived cost savings in dealing with a non-domestic supplier. The high degree of expertise possessed by our engineers helps customers reduce costs by improving performance through innovative design, selection of the right materials and precision manufacturing,” he concluded.

Thrust Bearings 

Torque Transmission ball thrust bearings utilize the optimum combination of molded nylon retainer with gardened grade steel balls and washers.  The self-lubricating property of nylon with the hardened steel, high-grade balls minimizes friction while the micro finish thrust washers reduce noise and increase durability. The advantages of nylon combined with the hardened carbon steel of the balls means these bearings offer exceptional durability. Even in the most demanding of situations, our thrust bearings offer exceptional service life.  

Torque Transmission thrust bearings are available in carbon and stainless steel in Metric and English dimensions.

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This post was published on May 4, 2020 and updated on February 21, 2023.

Topics: Torque Solutions Bearings