As you may have guessed, thin section bearings are exactly like what their name suggests: thin. These parts feature a compact design that results in a thinner, more lightweight product than other types of bearings. As a result, thin section bearings are very beneficial for industries that often deal with limited application space and demand continuous, quality performance, such as medical equipment, food processing applications, and even satellites.
While thin, there are several variations of cross sections and sizes available for thin section bearings to fit specific applications. Regardless of size, these parts are lighter in weight when compared to other bearing options. Depending on the needs of your application, you can choose from different styles of thin section bearings. These include radial, angular, and four-point contact thin section bearings.
The variety of available thin section bearings allows users to take advantage of multi-load capabilities and high stiffness without adding extra weight or taking up too much space in an application. There are also multiple material options, such as 52111 chrome steel, 440 C stainless steel, and M-50 tool steel, as well as thin dense chrome plating options. Another major benefit of these parts is that they typically have shorter lead times than other bearing styles, with turnaround windows as short as six-to-eight weeks depending on the manufacturer.