Bearing Applications

It is the modern bearing that makes possible a huge number of applications across a wide variety of industries. Without bearings, engineers would probably be constantly repairing and replacing parts that had worn out due to the stress of friction. Bearings provide low-friction movement between surfaces, allowing for the smooth operability of mechanical applications. Movement between surfaces that is assisted by bearings can either be linear (where the machine elements move back and forth in one direction) or rotary (where the shaft rotates or turns within a mount).

Industries in which NMB Bearings Are Used

NMB bearings are used across a wide variety of industries and applications. These applications include:

Automotive Industry Applications

Our high quality bearings meet the automotive industry's requirements for high performance. NMB bearings can be used in a wide range of vehicle applications, including:

  • Instrument cluster gauges including speedometers, tachometers, temp gauges, and fuel gauges
  • Air control valves
  • Lumbar support devices
  • Throttle body motors
  • Anti-lock brakes

Medical Industry Applications

The medical industry expects a high accuracy and performance level from its equipment. NMB's bearings offer smooth operability and reliable product life in medical device design for laboratory automation and clinical analysis equipment.

  • Laboratory automation equipment for sample transport and preparation
  • Handheld dental tools

Industrial Automation Engineering Applications

NMB bearings used in industrial automation engineering meet the most exacting standards of the industry. Our high quality bearings allow engineers to design and manufacture better performing products that offer increased speed and better reliability.

  • Small motors
  • Vacuum cleaner motors
  • Power tool motors

Office Equipment and Server Applications

NMB bearings are widely used in a variety of office equipment, computer, and server applications.

  • Sorting machines
  • Hard drives
  • Printers and scanners

Types of NMB Bearings

Different types of bearings are ideal for different applications. What each of these applications has in common, however, is a need for low friction and smooth movement. Each type of bearing has its own anti-friction characteristics and is classified according to its load capacity, operating principles, and basis of movement. Some of the most common types of bearings are ball bearings, roller bearings, thrust ball bearings, thrust roller bearings, and tapered roller thrust bearings.

Ball Bearings

Ball bearings are one of the most frequently used bearing types. They are typically found in equipment applications that have relatively small loads. Ball bearings can handle both thrust and radial loads.

Roller Bearings

A roller bearing is typically used in applications in which radial loads are heavy. This type of bearing can handle greater loads than ball bearings. The design of the roller type of bearing is not meant to handle too much thrust loading.

Thrust Ball Bearings

This type of bearing typically can handle little or no radial load. Thrust ball bearings are ideal for applications that require low speed, such as signage, medical instruments, and printers.

Thrust Roller Bearings

A thrust roller bearing can have a high load bearing capacity. This type of bearing is mostly used in industries such as the automotive and aerospace fields.

Tapered Roller Thrust Bearings

The tapered roller thrust type of bearing can be used in applications in which there is a need for relatively large thrust or radial loads. This type of bearing tends to be more expensive.

Choosing Your Bearings

The type of bearing you should use for your application depends upon many factors, such as the equipment, proportions and size of the parts where the bearings will be used, and the application environment where you plan to use the bearings. To learn more about NMB's miniature precision ball bearings contact NMB today.