Angular contact ball bearings support both radial and axial loads through asymmetric races that house the bearing’s spherical rolling elements, also called bearing balls, on an angle. The deeper the angle between the bearing and its axis, the greater the axial load the bearing can carry. Because the axial load is proportionate to the radial load, a greater axial load capacity means less radial load capacity. Angular contact ball bearings come in single- and double-row configurations depending on the direction of loads they carry. Single-row angular contact ball bearings only support axial loads in one direction, while double-row angular contact ball bearings support axial loads in both directions. In addition, we also produce miniature angular contact ball bearings.
Manufactured to the same close tolerances as the radial type, but designed with contact angles of 15, 30, and 40 deg to accommodate greater thrust loads.
Angular contact ball bearings are engineered for use in high-speed, high precision applications for:
* Dental and medical equipment
* General industry
A common choice, at higher precision levels, for applications such as machine tool spindles where both accuracy and high thrust loads are present. They are typically mounted in pairs, also called duplex bearings, providing thrust capacity in either direction and good rigidity for applications where shaft movement is critical.