Forms of Bearings
When people hear the term ‘bearing’ they typically think of it either in the navigational sense, or the mechanical sense. In marine navigation, a bearing is a term to describe the direction that one object is from another. For example, this could refer to the boat in comparison to the body of land it is headed to. Meanwhile in aircraft navigation it is the forward course direction. Then there is land navigation in which the bearing is the angle between a line that is used to connect two points. While the navigation bearing is a very important one, the mechanical bearing can be equally important.
Mechanical bearings are very different from the navigational bearings that share a name. While they do have motion in common in a way, mechanical bearings are an actual object rather than simply a point of direction. These products are various elements that help provide linear motion to a product. These parts are used to reduce friction when they are placed between two moving parts. In many cases, they will also require lubrication to further decrease the friction that could otherwise build up.
One option of the mechanical bearing is a graphite bearing. Graphite bearings are a part of a bearing system, often chosen when lubricants cannot be used. This could be for sanitary reasons or to prevent the risk of contamination. These products are naturally greasy, making the lubrication unnecessary. Another advantage to choosing graphite for a bearing is that it is extremely temperature resistant. It is able to maintain its structure and shape even if exposed to temperatures as high as 5000 degrees, this makes it more resistant than any metal option would be. Using graphite bearings in the mechanical bearing situations makes it possible to explore even more temperature and chemical ranges in these operations.