Cam follower bearings
, also known as track followers, are bearings used with cam followers. Cam followers are an essential part of a cam, allowing it to convert rotational motion into linear motion
. Cams and track followers are found in a multitude of daily use applications, such as cars, washing machines, sprinklers, sewing machines, and dishwashers. However, they are also widely used in food or other production industries for machinery
like conveyors or process transfer lines, as well as aircraft and defense applications where system reliability is vital. These bearings commonly feature an extra thick outer ring, a full complement of rolling elements to distribute loads evenly, and can be stud type or Yoke type. Stud type track followers are based on either a needle or cylindrical bearing design, featuring a pin, or threaded solid stud, instead of an inner ring. Yoke type has a hole in the middle instead of a stud, and is normally used in applications where minimal deflection is needed. Designed for a specific purpose, these bearings have specific features, including high radial load capacity as well as axial load capacity, long operating life, and ease of mounting. As with any bearing at MRO Supply, they are available in many variations, such as cage material or inclusion, stud designs like eccentric collar or concentric seat, sealing solution, and the surface profile of the outer ring, which can be cylindrical or crowned. Ask our experts about which type of cam follower bearing is perfect for your application.