In a bid to combat the rising costs of branded bearings, a top UK bearings importer is introducing a budget-friendly range of imperial cam followers to the same dimensions as McGill bearings, made in the USA.. Midland Bearings, a West Midlands-based leader in the distribution of high quality bearings, new addition is an affordable alternative to the more costly stud type and yoke type cam followers offered by big name US brands.
A form of needle roller bearings, cam followers are designed to follow the cam profile, and are an essential component of many appliances including commercial and domestic dishwashers, and external sprinkler systems. Also known as cam bearings or track followers, these bearings are also particularly suitable for conveying systems due to their unique and unusual design.
While cam followers are available in a variety of designs, they typically all feature an extra thick outer ring. The budget-friendly bearings range offered by Midland Bearings are full complement and sealed, with a cylindrical outer ring and a black oxide finish. With three options available – the imperial yoke sealed cam follower, the CF-SB series imperial cam follower, and the CFH-SB heavy series cam follower – Midland Bearings customers can choose from outer roller diameters measuring between 0.5 inches and 3.0 inches.
“Cam followers are used in a huge range of applications, but the problem we’re seeing is that the market is dominated by one or two big US brands that really have the monopoly,” says Midland Bearings Managing Director, Phil Chesworth. “The US brands are widely available yet costly, which is why we’ve made it our mission to source more affordable, budget-friendly alternatives which save money without compromising on quality”.
However, with the introduction of the new low cost range available through Midland Bearings, UK customers will be provided with greater choice and an opportunity to minimise their costs.
Both stud type cam followers and yoke type cam followers designed for moderate running loads and shock loads are available to purchase now. Midland Bearings also supplies ball bearings, linear bearings, housing units and more.