Adaptive DC & Tuneable Torque
We can adapt DC to meet a range of operational requirements. Our in-house tooling and design teams can adapt DC to balance radial stiffness with thermal stability, maintaining smooth operation. For our steering column customers, we finely tune clearances to allow for staking during assembly but also to prevent lash from too much clearance.
We are experienced in achieving precise clearances via moulding processes; our tooling and moulding teams can achieve very accurate bearing manufacture.
Tuneable torque / Low torque
Some applications require a low torque; for example, pool cleaners, where the bearing must spin freely within the water or a photocopier, which needs bearings that spin freely and smoothly for accurate printing.
Plastic bearings generally have lower torque than steel bearings as they are lighter and require no lubrication to operate smoothly. In addition, through integration, material choices and specialist manufacturing processes we can provide bearings that have as little as a third of the torque of an equivalent steel bearing.
Benefits to the customer are not just in better performance – our bearings often replace bushes that have unacceptably high torque, so that the customer can use a lower specification and size of a motor to drive our lighter, lower torque bearing design, using less energy on start-up and in operation.
We have developed the capability of ‘tuning’ torque to rotate to meet specific requirements, including in our rotary control bearings, where we use this technique to generate different types of haptic feedback.
Our engineering team has been working hard on the designs that allow for tuning torque and adapting DC for different applications; see our plastic bearing innovations and development.