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Thrust Roller Bearing

Thrust roller bearings are used to bear the combined axial and radial load, mainly the axial load. Still, the radial load shall not exceed 55% of the axial load. Compared with other thrust roller bearings, this type of bearing has a lower friction factor, higher speed, and has self-aligning performance.


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Thrust Roller Bearings Types

Cylindrical Thrust Roller Bearings

These bearings consist of small cylindrical rollers arranged flat with their axes pointing to the axis of the bearing. They give very good carrying capacity and are cheap, but tend to wear due to the differences in radial speed and friction which is higher than with ball bearings.

Needle Thrust Roller Bearings

Needle thrust roller bearings with a dimensionally stable holder to securely hold and guide a large number of the needle. It provides a high degree of axial rigidity in the smallest space. Application may be used as the raceway surface of the adjacent part of the machine.

Tapered Thrust Roller Bearings

Tapered thrust roller bearings are miniature; they are arranged so that their axes of sub converge on one point on the bearing axis. They are used in pairs in either direction to accommodate the axial thrust and radial loads. These are commonly used in automotive application types.

Spherical Thrust Roller Bearings

The spherical thrust roller bearing is a kind of self-aligning bearing. In using just now, it allows up to about 2 degrees of shaft misalignment. The contact angle helps this bearing handle a small amount of radial load. This bearing lubrication needs carefully because their large contact area can lead to smear slide.

Heavy Duty Thrust Roller Bearing

Features of heavy-duty thrust roller bearings:(1)Able to accommodate misalignment(2)Suitable for high axial and some radial loads(3)Relatively high-speed ratings. Applications of heavy-duty thrust roller bearings: Heavy machine tools, high power Marine gearbox, oil rig, vertical motor machinery.

Steel Thrust Ball Bearing

The thrust ball bearings are classified into two kinds: unidirectional thrust bearing and bidirectional thrust bearing. The former can bear the axial force in one direction and the latter can bear the axial forces in two directions. Both unidirectional and bidirectional thrust ball bearings cannot bear any radial force.

Application industry

Thrust roller bearings are widely used in the steel industry, mining and construction, paper machinery, wind turbines, machine tools, gearboxes, motors, pumps and compressors, and injection molding machines.

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Pumps & Compressors

Pumps and compressors are used to compress, condense and transport liquids and gases through various industrial processes. Industries that rely on pump and compressor technology include oil and gas processing, wastewater treatment facilities, power generation operations, and mining applications. These applications require reliable pumps and compressors that can operate for long periods of time under harsh conditions. High-quality bearings can help pumps and compressors run efficiently during many years of heavy use.

Wind Energy

Special bearings for wind turbines require high reliability. The prerequisite for this kind of bearing design is to ensure that the windmill runs for 20 years because when a failure occurs, the parts are not easy to replace. (When the bearing is used tens of meters above the ground). Therefore, bearing manufacturers require a high degree of computer analysis techniques and excellent materials and heat treatment skills. They sometimes need to master the test evaluation technology for large-scale bearings.

Mining & Construction

Whether it is tunnel drilling rigs or vibrating screens, these are bearing-intensive operations. The operating environment of bearings in the mining and construction industries can be extremely harsh. Some situations may occur (1) heavy loads combined with shock loads. (2) light loads with high-speed rotation.(3) heavy loads with low-speed rotation. We recommend they split spherical or cylindrical roller bearings to reduce maintenance costs and reduce downtime. These are effective in difficult-to-access locations. For articulated joints, we now recommend using high-capacity four-point bearings in combination with maintenance-free spherical plain bearings.


We have conducted research and development to create the ultimate bearing for the demanding paper industry. High speed, high temperature, and continuous operation require unique construction and finishing to maximize the life cycle and minimize maintenance and costly downtime of papermaking facilities. Many paper processing and printing systems use bearings to facilitate paper materials’ rolling, cutting, and unwinding. However, the types of approaches used in the system vary according to production requirements. For example, slitting machines and rewinders require high-speed and high-precision linear motion bearings.

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How Thrust Roller Bearings Work

Most thrust roller bearings use balls to support the machines with which they are used. They contain many small metal balls in a band around the perimeter. You can see an example of a thrust roller bearing in the photo above. Thrust roller bearings such as this are used in applications where a machine’s moving parts apply an axial load. With their arrangement of balls, they are able to assist with the rotation of a machine’s moving parts.

There are other types of thrust roller bearings as well. In addition to thrust roller bearings, there are cylinder thrust roller bearings. Cylinder thrust roller bearings feature cylindrical-shaped rollers that point towards the axis. Another type of thrust roller bearing is magnetic. Magnetic thrust roller bearings live up to their namesake by producing a magnetic field. They are made of ferromagnetic materials that produce a magnetic field. The presence of this magnetic field helps to support the axial thrust. Of all the different types, though, none are more popular than thrust roller bearings.

Tips on Choosing Thrust Roller Bearings

When shopping for thrust roller bearings, there are a few things you should know. Thrust roller bearings are available in different sizes. You’ll need to choose a size that matches the application for which you intend to use it. If a thrust roller bearing it too big or too small for a machine’s moving parts, you may not be able to use it. Fortunately, you can order thrust roller bearings in a variety of standard sizes and metric sizes.

Something else to consider when choosing thrust roller bearings is the ball material. Thrust roller bearings featuring cheap balls tend to degrade quickly. Over time, the balls may lose their clean and smooth texture, resulting in increased resistance and reduced performance. But you can find thrust roller bearings with many high-quality ball materials. Some of them have glass balls, whereas others have stainless steel balls. Both glass and stainless steel are high-quality ball materials that last a long time.

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XinLan is mainly engaged in the development, manufacture and sales of bearings. After years of research and development, we have grown into a larger company. Our thrust roller bearings lead the international market competition in design, manufacture and testing. Therefore, we have become one of the leading bearing suppliers in China.

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