Inch size miniature ball bearings are single row ball bearings available from .0400" through .375" bore sizes. The construction of these inch bearings enable them to carry moderate radial and thrust loads at low operating torque and provide high performance within a small envelope design.
Miniature bearings refer to ball bearings with small sizes. The following list shows the data of inch ball bearings whose inner diameters are less than .375". If you need a product with its inner diameter over .375", please visit the page of deep groove ball bearings. This inch miniature bearing catalogue provides complete inch miniature bearing data, including size selection, price inquiry as well as CAD drawings for free download. For more details, please refer to Inch Miniature Bearing Price, Inch Miniature Bearing Size and Miniature Bearing Drawing.
Radial miniature inch bearings can bear extremely high radial loads and small amounts of axial loads. Angular contact inch bearings can bear extremely high radial and axial loads. Full ball inch bearings are characterized by slow ultimate speeds, but they can bear the highest load.
Chrome steel is the most common material for ball bearings because it has characteristics of high load capacity and low noise. When there is a need for rust prevention, 440c stainless steel material is usually used.
Such kind of stainless steel material can bear both high load and high speed. Furthermore, it has the function of rust prevention. For higher speed requirements, silicon nitride ceramic balls are used to take the place of traditional steel balls.
Factors to be considered when choosing an ABEC grade include radial and axial runout requirements, bore and OD fits, and the audible noise level. Lily Bearing offer these types of grades which show the available selection of bore and OD size tolerances, and the radial runout limits for each. ABEC of Grades 3 is the first choice for routine applications. Typically, race finish and race geometry are superior in ABEC 5 and higher. These grades are generally recommended generally for precision assemblies where low noise, minimal runout, and long life are important considerations for miniature inch bearings.
Open type miniature inch bearings are usually oil lubricated, with low starting torque and flexible rotation.
The standard inch bearing seal consists of nitrile/BUNA-N rubber bonded to a metal washer. The washer is made of SPCC cold rolled steel for chrome steel inch bearings or 304 stainless steel for stainless steel inch bearings. High temperature PTFE seals (up to 250°C) or Viton seals (up to 230°C) are available on some sizes. The inner lip of the seal rubs against the bearing inner ring to provide an effective seal against smaller particles such as dust and moisture while preventing lubricant leakage. Contact seals produce much higher frictional torque levels than shields and reduce the maximum speed of a inch bearing. Below -40°C nitrile rubber and viton will stiffen and provide a less effective seal so PTFE seals or metal shields should be considered for very low temperatures.
Shields are designed to prevent larger particles from entering the inch bearing and also to keep grease inside the bearing. They may be pressed into the bearing’s outer ring (non-removable) or retained by a circlip (removable). As the shields make no contact with the inner ring, they do not increase starting or running torque. Shields on stainless steel inch bearings are generally made from AISI 304 stainless steel.
Crown type cages: The stainless steel pressed cage is inner ring guided. It shows excellent performance in low torque, low speed applications.
Ribbon type cages: Consists of two mating steel pressings, the cover side and the finger side. Usually guided by the rolling elements and designed to reduce frictional torque.
Rivet type cages: The RJ type cage is suitable for larger inch bearings with a high load carrying capacity. The two pieces are riveted together and are strong enough to withstand higher levels of vibration and acceleration. The cage is guided by the balls and reduces frictional torque.
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The standard instrument used for inch bearing noise testing is the Anderon Meter (sometimes called Anderometer) made by Sugawara Laboratories. This measures noise with an accelerometer contacting the outer race of the inch bearing while the inner race is rotated at 1800 RPM.
Normal chrome steel inch bearings can be used at constant temperatures of 120°C or intermittent temperatures of up to 150°C. Above these temperatures, the load capacity of the chrome steel will be reduced. By means of special heat treatment processes and the addition of high temperature grease, we can also customize inch bearings for high temperature resistance.
Internal clearance is the play between outer ring, inner ring and rolling element. Generally, the amount of up and down movement of the outer ring with respect to the fixed inner ring is called the radial internal clearance and its right and left movement the axial internal clearance. Bearing internal clearance in operation is an important factor that has a significant influence on other factors such as noise, vibration, heat and fatigue life.
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