Self-aligning ball bearings have two rows of balls, a common sphered raceway in the outer ring and two deep uninterrupted raceway grooves in the inner ring. They are available open or sealed. The bearings are insensitive to angular misalignment of the shaft relative to the housing, which can be caused, for example, by shaft deflection.
Self-aligning ball bearings generate less friction than other styles of bearings, which allows them to run at higher speeds without building up as much heat. As a result, self-aligning ball bearings are more suitable for low- to medium-sized loads.
Other features include:
• A double row design
• Designs that can include a cylindrical bore or tapered bore
• An option to be mounted with an adapter sleeve if the bearing has a tapered bore
Given the benefits of the self-aligning ball bearing, there are several industries that can use them, including:
• Heavy machinery
• Power machinery
If you’re dealing with issues like misalignment in your applications, it can be difficult to operate efficiently. Self-aligning ball bearings can help you with that problems.