Posted - May 12, 2017

At BK Industrial Solutions, we understand the necessity of choosing the right equipment for your applications. Whether it is an electric motor, a coupling or flanges, our staff knows the products, models, and capabilities. For many industries in Texas, it is essential that they find and install the right pillow block bearings if they want to continue to push ahead.

Basic Types

When first considering pillow blocks, it is important to understand there is a difference between pillow and Plummer block bearings. While the bearings and design are similar, the purpose differs. Plummer is for more heavy industrial power and load capacity demands. The construction material and choice of bearings in the block may also reflect the intended role.

The basic types of bearings fall into the following categories. These are:

  • Plain bearings: Constructed from bronze, these bearings utilize a sliding action to control friction in linear applications
  • Ball bearings: These are for high-load capacity for high performance
  • Roller bearings: This type is an apt option when the application involves a rotary motion. These come in different types including:
    • Conical
    • Crowned or spherical
    • Cylindrical
    • Needle rollers
  • Hydrodynamic bearings: If you ae considering complexity and can afford the cost, choose these fluid film bearings

These pillow block bearings are an integral component for the intact and exacting operation of pillow and Plummer blocks.

Choosing the Right Pillow Block Bearings

Whatever your application, you need to take into consideration several factors before making a decision. Consider the following to provide you with a basic guideline:

  • shaft diameter
  • shaft height,
  • shaft size
  • maximum load capacity
  • maximum speed

At BK Industrial Solutions, we will work with you to help determine the right pillow block bearings for your application. Our team of experienced professionals will provide your industry in Texas, Louisiana or elsewhere in the United States with quality, durable products to ensure your equipment continues to perform to its optimum potential.