NHBB Develops Wear Sensor for Flight-Critical Bearing System

NHBB has developed a wear sensor for the INVINSYSTM brand of pitch link control bearings that enables helicopter maintenance personnel to easily and quickly determine the operating status of these flight-critical bearings using a wireless scanner. The added value created by NHBB’s patented wear sensor further establishes the INVINSYS brand as the leading bearing innovation within helicopter… Read more

Categories: R&S Bearing Solutions, Self-Lubricating Liner Technology, Wear Sensor Technology

NHBB’s New Landing Gear Test Rig Performs Full Spectrum Simulation

This spring, the New Product Development Center (NPDC) unveiled its brand new landing gear test rig and began running its first series of wear tests of self-lubricating bushings. The new rig expands the NPDC’s product development capabilities to include the testing of the axial sliding motion of landing gear struts. The rig, which NHBB designed and built in-house, is programmable to simulate… Read more

Categories: New Product Development and Testing, R&S Bearing Solutions

NHBB’s Vulkyn™ Liner Extends High-Temperature Limits

NHBB’s Vulkyn™ brand of high-temperature fabric liner performs better than NHBB first reported. Last year, NHBB announced that Vulkyn™ raised the maximum operating temperature of NHBB's high-temperature self-lubricating liners by 25°F.

Additional testing at higher temperatures has confirmed that it’s actually an increase of 75°F. When tested to 700°F, Vulkyn™ exhibits 0.006 inches of… Read more

Categories: New Product Development and Testing, R&S Bearing Solutions, Self-Lubricating Liner Technology

NHBB’s Oscimax® Now a Family of Machineable Liner Solutions

NHBB has developed and launched four new versions of the Oscimax® brand of machineable self-lubricating liner technology, which, along with the original version, Oscimax XT, now covers the full range of friction and life requirements for NHBB’s aerospace customers. The four new versions include two low friction options (Oscimax XY and XZ), a specific formulation for landing gear applications (… Read more

Categories: Machineable Liner Technology, R&S Bearing Solutions, Self-Lubricating Liner Technology

Q&A with Dick Ray: Oscimax® Machineable Self-lubricating Liner Technology

Dick Ray is NHBB’s director of applications engineering and new product development. He oversees the activities of the New Product Development Center (NPDC), the division responsible for developing Oscimax®. Below, Dick answers some commonly asked questions about NHBB’s latest innovation:

What is Oscimax®?

Oscimax® is a uniquely advanced self-lubricating liner… Read more

Categories: Machineable Liner Technology, R&S Bearing Solutions, Self-Lubricating Liner Technology

NHBB Launches a Machineable Self-Lubricating Liner Solution

NHBB is pleased to announce it has successfully developed and brought to market a machineable self-lubricating liner system. The company has secured its first approval necessary to offer the technology to the global aerospace industry, and it has established manufacturing capabilities for the first of several planned production phases. The solution named Oscimax® is rapidly earning a… Read more

Categories: Machineable Liner Technology, R&S Bearing Solutions, Self-Lubricating Liner Technology

NHBB Launches High-Temperature Liner Technology

VulkynTM 650 is NHBB's newest high-temperature fabric liner technology. This innovative fabric liner system for plain bushings and spherical bearings establishes a higher threshold for bearing performance within high-temperature applications.

As the suffix 650 suggests, the new liner solution provides reduced wear of less than 0.006 inches at 650°F after approximately 325,… Read more

Categories: R&S Bearing Solutions, Self-Lubricating Liner Technology

NHBB First to Develop New Liner Qualified to Industry Standard AS81820 Type ‘A’

New Hampshire Ball Bearings, Inc. (NHBB) has developed the industry's first self-lubricating liner system to qualify for the new performance threshold of 100,000 cycles for spherical bearing life, established by industry-standard AS81820 Type 'A.' The liner utilizes PTFE to provide the long life and wear-resistant surface required by the Type ‘A’ spherical bearings.

Spherical bearings… Read more

Categories: R&S Bearing Solutions, Self-Lubricating Liner Technology

Astro Engineers Design Cost Effective Retrofit Solution of Link Assembly for High Temperature Application

A customer recently approached Astro for help in solving a bearing wear problem in an existing application. A link assembly was wearing out long before its rated life and well within the warranty period. With hundreds of engines in service, and each containing a set of six links, replacement costs were mounting. The customer was desperate to solve the problem quickly and economically.… Read more

Categories: R&S Bearing Solutions, Self-Lubricating Liner Technology

A Review of Aircraft Self-Aligning Roller Bearings Manufactured by MinebeaMitsumi

In addition to manufacturing ball bearing and plain spherical rod ends, NHBB Astro markets a series of roller bearing rod ends (RBREs1) manufactured by MinebeaMitsumi’s NMB Rod End Division, Karuizawa, Japan.

The NMB brand of roller bearing rod end products, which meet SAE Aerospace Standard AS8952, are specified in flight control linkages where rolling elements are necessary but… Read more

Categories: R&S Bearing Solutions