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Custom Features Thin Section Bearings - PYC

PYC manufactures many custom bearings designed to optimize bearing performance for specific applications. Special features include changes in radial play, lubricants, materials, preloading and design. Contact your PYC Sales Engineer for your custom bearing needs.

Challenge us: There are many design options available to solve difficult application problems.


The standard bearings shown in the catalog have SAE 52100 steel rings and balls. PYC Thin Section Ball Bearings can be manufactured from other specialty bearing steels to provide corrosion resistance, high temperature capability, alternative load capacity or chemical compatibility.

Rings. PYC has manufactured thin section ball bearings from SAE 440C stainless steel to provide corrosion resistance. As an alternative to stainless steel rings, the entire surface of the rings can be plated with nodular thin dense chrome (TDC). This plating, which meets AMS 2438, achieves a molecular bond that will not flake, peel or separate from the base material. The TDC plate has a hardness of HRC 70 - 78 and can withstand temperatures well beyond the range of the base material.

Special PYC Thin Section Ball Bearings have been manufactured from Aluminum, 300 Series Stainless Steel, 17-4 Stainless Steel, and other metals.

Balls. Some special ball materials available include 440C Stainless Steel, 300 Series Stainless Steel, Silicon Nitride and M-50 Steel.


Many different lubricants are available from PYC for special applications. Greases which are designed specifically for high speed, low torque, water resistance, high temperature, oscillatory motion and food machinery can be provided. Additional lubricants, such as dry film, are suitable for use in vacuums and space applications.


Standard seals for thin section ball bearings are molded from elastomers (Buna N). Polytetra-flouroethylene (PTFE) seals, fiber glass reinforced PTFE seals, stainless steel shields and many other options are available for low torque and other special applications.

Radial Play

The radial play (diametral clearance) of a thin section ball bearing will need to be predetermined if mounting fits other than those recommended are used. Special radial play may be required for a temperature differential across the bearing, for housing and shaft materials that have different coefficients of thermal expansion, or to change operating characteristics of the bearing. Radial preloaded bearings are measured to meet bore and O.D. tolerances prior to preload.

Preloading of Duplex Bearings

Standard duplex bearings are ground so that there will be a light axial preload induced on the bearing at nominal conditions. In some applications increased bearing stiffness may be required. In these cases the duplex grinding can be done such that a heavier axial load is induced in the mounted bearing. This load can be increased or decreased to meet the requirements of a particular application. Consult your PYC Sales Engineer for special requirements.

Mounting Features

Mounting features, such as flanges, anti-rotation tabs and mounting holes can be incorporated on the inner and outer rings. Mating parts, such as gears and housings, may be integrated into the bearing rings for improved performance and cost.


Standard PYC Thin Section Ball Bearings, KA through KG and JU series, are manufactured with brass separators. The KAA series contains nylon separators. The A-Type bearings contain one-piece circular pocket separators, while the C and X-Types have snap-over separators. The four basic separator materials are brass, nylon, phenolic and stainless steel. The graph below schematically illustrates the effects of cage design and material on bearing performance. Specific material advantages and limitations are listed on page 39. In comparison, the one-piece circular pocket design may reach roughly two times the speed of the snap-over design. Exact speed limits depend on bearing size, bearing type, lubrication and loading. For assistance in selecting the appropriate separator for special applications, contact your PYC Sales Engineer.



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