Linear Ball Bearings: The Damage Dirt Can Do

Linear ball bearings are one model amongst many in the linear bearing production lines. These helpful products are installed in a variety of industrial contexts, including mechanical, electronic and furniture systems that require one-way movement along a single axis. They function in similar enough ways to every other model, creating a rotating surface for one part of a system to glide along another with minimum amounts of friction building up. Some models do better with friction then others, depending on what kind of material they are or what barrier cushions the movement. What always remains the same, regardless of whether a linear bearing is a ball, roller, slide or air model, is the danger of dirt.

Dirt can cause a variety of problems in a linear bearing mechanism regardless of what model it, but particularly if it is a linear ball bearing or a linear roller bearing. This is because both of these models contain multiple small elements that are connected to a framework and rotate within it. They are therefore prone to the clogging that can happen if dirt builds up between individual balls or rollers and causes the rotation to cease. This would then create more friction to spark when movement occurs and damage the materials of every product involved.

The only real way to avoid the damage that can be done by dirt in any linear bearing application is properly scheduled cleaning and maintenance. Depending on what kind of material is used to craft the linear ball bearings, this can be a very simple process that takes a matter of minutes and is no large drain on a company’s resources. The use of lubrication also keeps the balls rotating at proper speeds while protecting their plastic or metallic bodies from chemical or weather corrosion. The positive traits of linear ball bearings are well worth the limited maintenance efforts necessary to ensure dirt and friction are no threat.

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