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Four ways to drive a slewing ring bearing

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tech talk Learn more at Slewing ring bearings are used in rotating and turntable applications. Traditionally, slewing ring bearings were designed in a style similar to ball bearings. Today, however, there are many newer and more successful versions on the market, including sliding slewing rings made with an iglide ® polymer liner, hard-anodized aluminum rings or stainless-steel rings. The success of slewing ring bearings directly correlates to how the system is driven, therefore, it is important to know what options are available. When working with rotating or turntable applications, the slewing ring bearings can be driven in the following four ways. Four Ways to Drive a Slewing Ring Bearing 1. External gear: Most slewing ring manufacturers offer a geared option. igus ® offers a spur-gear solution, which complies with DIN3967. The mating gear for any slewing ring should be made of a material that is softer than the actual gear itself. For example, a slewing ring that uses a gear made from anodized aluminum would ideally have a mating gear made of POM. Aside from the fact that POM is softer than anodized aluminum, this specific combination would make the system completely dry-running, which is an added bonus. In comparison, a slewing ring that uses both a gear and a mating gear made of aluminum, or any other metal, is ideal for intermittent movements. However, metal gears require constant lubrication, which is costly, time-consuming and messy. If a slewing ring uses a mating gear made from steel, the gear should be made of the same material in order to avoid damaging the slewing ring. 2. External belt: igus ® offers three different belt options. T10 is the most cost-effective belt and is available in a variety of widths. It can also handle up to 175 pounds of tension. AT10 is a slightly more expensive option, as it can handle up to 290 pounds of tension. HTD8M is the most expensive of the three options because it offers additional features such as lower clearance and extremely quiet operation. HTD8M can handle up to 85 pounds of tension. AT10 T10 HTD8M

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