Armadillo can design and manufacture PTFE Launch Bearings, PTFE slide structural bearings, PTFE skid pads, PTFE Structural Bearings, Dimpled PTFE and Glass Filled PTFE or Glass filled PTFE and dimpled PTFE, PTFE skid pads, Pipe slides and PTFE pipe saddles, Heavy Duty skid pads and heavy load PTFE slide bearings.
There are many applications in industry where relative movement between two surfaces must be accomodated.
These applications call for high load capacity at low speed, meaning self lubricating PTFE is an ideal material to be employed. Armadillo NV have a vast experience in designing and supplying custom made expansion bearings to address this issue.
Armadillo Expansion Bearings and Slide Bearings consist of a 3 mm thick virg in PTFE bearing face element bonded or, in some applications recessed into a carbon steel base plate. Standard thickness would be 10mm although thicker plates can be supplied. This is refereed to as the Base Element.
Sliding above this assembly is a 1 mm thick polished Stainless Steel slide plate which is either epoxy bonded or tack welded to a 6 mm thick carbon steel top plate, (other thickness' available on request). The SS plate is of a sufficient area to always completely cover the PTFE bearing face. This effectively seals the slide surface from dirt ensuring an exceptional life expectancy of the unit.
In critical applications there may be thermal considerations or excessive vibration, shock or rotation to be accommodated. In this event, Armadillo can offer a range of load bearing products to be incorporated into the design.
Typical friction values have been measured between 10% down to as low as 2%. A key factor in selecting PTFE as the sliding medium is the exceptionally small difference between static and dynamic friction, this gives the added benefit of very low, "stick-slip" differences, ensuring a smooth transition in operation.
All bonding of the PTFE is carried out under strictly controlled factory conditions, it is therfore not recommended to attempt to Bond the PTFE on site. Attaching the upper and lower elements to the structure can be achieved by either site welding or mechanical fixings. For further details, contact Armadillo Engineering Department.
Standard supply is 3 mm thick Virgin PTFE, this has been found to give an adequate bearing life. If the PTFE is to be recessed into the base steel, thickness may be increased to 5 mm. For exceptionally high bearingloads, glass filled PTFE would be supplied.
The Base Unit dimension are dependant on, load the unit willlbe exposed to, physical size restraints of the installation location and in some cases if there is any rotation to be accomodated.
It is typical, although not compulsary that the sliding takes place across the short access of the bearing. This is also the case in accomodating any rotational issues.
Temperature at the bearing surface should be limited to less than 120°C, in the event of the application requiring a higher operating temperature contact Armadillo Engineering department.