If you are in the market for bearings and have found that your OEM does not have the bearings you need, you may have come across the option of utilizing carbon graphite bearings. If you are not familiar with carbon graphite you may be wondering why businesses from many different industries are willing to consider parts from anyone other than their OEM.
Why Carbon Graphite Bearings?
Carbon graphite bearings are widely used across many industries. This type of bearing is popular because carbon graphite is known to have self-lubricating properties. Additionally, carbon graphite and be impregnated with other materials to ensure that the bearings perform optimally for longer periods. Carbon graphite bearings tend to be maintenance-free and their low coefficient of friction allows for optimal bearing performance in most applications. Because these bearings perform so well and require so little maintenance, most companies find that their utilization saves them money over time, even if the bearing was initially similar in the purchase price.
Industries that Utilize Carbon Graphite Bearings
A wide variety of industries have found carbon graphite bearings serve their needs well. Bearings of this material continue to grow in popularity across all industries.
Mining. The mining industry has become quite fond of carbon graphite. Mine shafts often rely on long conveyors to transport materials from deep in the mind to the surface. The conveyors are often very difficult to access, making it difficult to lubricate and maintain bearings. Bearings of this material away with the need for lubrication, allowing for longer maintenance intervals.
Metal treatment. The heating of metal is important for its use in many industries, most notably automotive and industrial applications. Metals often need to be heated to temperatures greater than 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit to ensure their physical properties for any given application. The heat treatment furnaces have bearings that are exposed to hot temperatures, which can be problematic because the lubricants will often burn off, causing failure of the bearing Carbon graphite can withstand high temperatures and there is no need to lubricate.
Textile production. Textile production often involves using large dye baths. These units often utilize bearings that need to withstand dye and resist chemical corrosion that is a result of the chemicals in the dye. Carbon graphite bearings for this use are very handy as they can withstand the constant submersion in the dye and resist corrosion.
Pulp and paper production. Pulp and paper production is an intensive process that brings together high temperatures, caustic chemicals, and conveyor systems. Carbon graphite bearings are perfect in this setting as they can withstand high temperatures, are resistant to corrosion, and can self-lubricate so there is less maintenance needed.
Oil and gas. Bearings are found in many settings in the oil and gas field. Not only can the conditions be harsh, but the temperatures can also be extreme and the fluids can be caustic. More oil and gas entities are choosing carbon graphite bearings because they last longer and require less maintenance.
ROC Carbon Company Wants to be Your Bearing Manufacturer
As you can see, many industries have embraced carbon graphite for their bearings material. Our list is by no means exhaustive, it just shows that there is a wide variety. Are you ready to experience the difference in a bearing that is self-lubricating as well as heat and corrosion-resistant? ROC Carbon would love to help! Request a quote today and we will get right to work on the bearings you need!