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The Top 10 Reasons to use composite plastic bearings Composite plastic bearings combine base plastics, fibrous reinforcements, and solid lubricants for tailored bearing solutions with predictable lifetime in a wide variety of applications. These bearings run do not require maintenance or external lubrication, are resistant to corrosion and debris, conduct heat efficiently, and dampen vibrations while maintaining high compressive strength. Read on for the top ten reasons to consider plastic bearings. 1. Lighter weight than metal bearings Swapping metal bearings for composite plastic bearings can reduce weight by 25% or more. The difference in density between composite plastic materials and metals - 1 to 3 g/cm 3 vs. 7 to 9 g/cm 3 - makes the weight reduction obvious. 2. Corrosion resistance iglide ® plastic bearings are non-metalic meaning they do not rust and can be used in all types of environments which include complete submersion in water.The iglide ® product line also includes bearings that are able to resist harsh acids, such as hydrochloric acid, as well as UV and other high-energy radiation. Chemical resistance can change with temperature and chemical concentration, so be sure to take your specific application conditions into account. 3. 100% self-lubricating iglide ® plastic bearings are designed to run dry, without any external lubrication. They contain millions of tiny chambers, that house particles of solid lubricant, which are released as friction against a shaft occurs. Homogeneous blending of the plastic material means that lubricant cannot be pressed out, and will last throughout the entire service life of the bearing. 4. Forgiving of shock and edge loads; vibration damping Plastic bearings run quietly and absorb or dampen vibrations. Their mechanical loss factor, an indicator of vibration-damping capability, is up to 250 times that of metal bearings. The fiber-reinforced material blends are tailored to specific application requirements, helping bearings stand up to shock and edge loads in a wide range of application settings. Learn more at

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