At DSEI 2007, the main focus for Kaydon and its UK factory representative R.A. Rodriguez will be the Reali-Slim range of thin-section bearings that are readily available as fit-and-forget military spares and custom aerospace components. The range also benefits from a new and more accurate method of projecting bearing life. This has confirmed that the dynamic capacity rating of many of these bearings exceed previously published figures - by as much as five time in some cases.
The dynamic capacity improvements for Reali-Slim vary with type and size. For example, for Type X, the four-point-contact bearing, the improvements range from 31 to 77 per cent. As part of the validation process, several thin-section bearings from competitors were also tested. According to the company, the actual dynamic capacity of those was found to be up to 72 per cent lower than their published ratings.
Compact, lightweight and low torque are the key design credentials synonymous with Kaydon Reali-Slim. his ever-popular range is now available in an expanded range of metric sizes with bores ranging from 20-369mm in diameter in three different cross-sectional sizes of 8, 13 and 20mm square.
Each bore size and cross-section is available in radial-contact, angular-contact and four-point-contact ball construction. In total, R.A. Rodriguez now stocks more than 200 metric types and sizes as well as a comprehensive range of inch sizes.
As well as the supply and support of aerospace products, R.A. Rodriguez provides a range of engineering services. Application engineering is available, and the company is regularly consulted on special bearing designs and developments. It also undertakes bearing sub-assembly work and self-lube re-lining for military parts. Warehousing and stock supply management, kit-marshalling, labelling and JIT supply are services in which the company is well practised.