Lubricity is important because it reduces the friction and wear on moving components. Many power transmission components use grease or oil to add much needed lubricity. Torque Transmission’s thrust bearings, which include Nylon retainers do not require grease and here’s why.
By virtue of its smooth, tough, and hard surface, its crystalline structure, high resistance to lubricants, fuels, and solvents, Nylon 6/6 is an ideal material for parts subjected to sliding friction. One of its most notable features is its performance in the absence of lubrication. Metal on metal thrust bearings require grease to prevent seizing. The Nylon retainers have their own natural lubricity and are not vulnerable to grease leaking out, drying up, and otherwise being needed for a smooth and quiet operation.
If your design will have the thrust bearing exposed to the elements or corrosion, such as outdoor kinetic art, Torque Transmission has stainless steel options too. The stainless steel washers and balls coupled with the Nylon 6/6 creates a thrust bearing assembly that is long lasting, quiet, smooth, and resilient to rain or humidity.
Are you working on a design that needs a reliable thrust bearing? Request a sample and experience the natural lubricity for yourself.