Pillow block bearings are the most common type of mounted bearing, used in a wide array of industries. The outer housing is securely mounted to a surface and a rotating shaft is put in place in the bearing – allowing the shaft and bearing to rotate freely while remaining secure.
Some pillow block bearings have the bearing permanently attached to the mounted housing, while others require a separate, replaceable bearing called an insert bearing. Pillow block bearings with these insert bearings are used in fast-rotating equipment and heavy-load-bearing shafts.
The type of pillow block bearing you need depends on the equipment you have, the load it will bear, and the speed at which it will rotate. Pillow block bearings come in a variety of materials, load ratings, and different shaft sizes.
Both the housing and the bearing portions of pillow block bearings can be made from a variety of materials, like aluminum, cast iron, steel, stainless steel, or plastic. Each material is rated for different use.
It is essential for your facility’s safety, machine function, and equipment lifespan that you choose the right part for your equipment. If you’re not sure what kind of part you need, contact us.