Thin section ball bearings are a type of ball bearing specifically designed for applications with strict space limitations. Therefore, these bearings
are extremely thin, with minimal difference between the inside and outside ring diameters. Due to this design, they can accommodate relatively light radial thrust or combined loads, and are only recommended for applications where minimal space usage is absolutely necessary. Common applications include precision robotic joints, solar array panels, guidance systems, radar and microwave equipment, astronomy instrumentation, glassworking equipment, optical scanning equipment, semiconductor equipment, measuring systems, and medical imaging equipment. While they may have load capacity limitations, they can provide high precision performance, super finished raceways, and high quality ball complements. As with most bearings, they are typically available in both inch dimensions and metric dimensions. They can be produced with a seal
, shield, or open design. They are also available in a variety of materials, sizes, and retainers. Material options include stainless steel, chrome steel, bronze, and other metals or thermoplastics. MRO Supply carries a formidable range of thin section ball bearings, of varying materials, designs, sizes, and manufacturers, to suit any application. Contact our experts to determine if your application requires a thin section ball bearing.