Boca Bearing Company is introducing a new line of full ceramic bearings, ceramic hybrid bearings and lubricants catered towards the automation and advanced manufacturing industries. Boca Bearing's ceramic bearings can be used in varieties of manufacturing environments ranging from extreme temperatures, 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. Ceramic hybrid ball bearings have ceramic balls in place of steel balls. They are constructed with steel inner and outer rings, ceramic balls and are known as hybrids.
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 to operate up to 1,800 degrees F. Ceramic is much lighter than steel and many bearings are 1/3 the weight of a comparable steel bearing. Full ceramic bearings are highly corrosion resistant and will stand up to most common acids. They will not corrode in exposure to water or salt water. And finally full ceramic bearings 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 without production down times. 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.