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Boca Bearing Company is introducing a new line of full ceramic bearings, ceramic hybrid bearings and lubricants suitable for the automation and advanced manufacturing industries. Boca Bearing’s ceramic bearings can be used in a variety of manufacturing environments, ranging from extreme temperatures and high speeds to heavy loads.
Ceramic hybrid ball bearings use steel races and ceramic balls. Ceramic balls weigh up to 40 percent less than steel balls. This reduces centrifugal loading and skidding, so hybrid ceramic bearings can operate up to 50 percent faster than conventional bearings. This means that the outer race groove exerts less force inward against the ball as the bearing spins. This reduction in force reduces the friction and rolling resistance. The lighter ball allows the bearing to spin faster and uses less energy to maintain its speed.
Full ceramic bearings are made entirely of ceramic material and are superior to common steel bearings in many ways. Full ceramic bearings can continue to work under extremely high temperatures and are capable of operating up to 1,800 degrees F. Ceramic is much lighter than steel, and many bearings are one-third the weight of a comparable steel bearing. Full ceramic bearings are highly corrosion resistant and will stand up to most common acids. They also will not corrode if exposed to water or salt water and are non-conductive.
This wide array of features allows for application flexibility. Engineers can upgrade and downgrade machines, seamlessly integrating them into different production lines without long waiting times, maintenance and production downtime. Deep groove bearings, thrust bearings, angular contact bearings and self-aligning bearings are just some of the styles available in full ceramic and ceramic hybrid versions. Boca Bearings has one of the largest inventories of ceramic bearings in the world but can also have custom bearings made to the specifications of the customer.